London Decompression (Decom) requires hundreds of participants to make it into the wonderful event it is.
To ensure that Decom is a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for everyone who attends, this code of conduct sets clear standards for what is expected of you while at or involved in Decom with regards to conduct and behaviour.
This code of conduct is applicable whilst:
- Planning the event
- Attending the event
- Carrying out a volunteer’s role
- Interacting with the Decom team all year around (as applicable)
- Interacting in the physical world, and online.
Be respectful of each other
Try to understand each other’s cultures, opinions, and motivations. Respect each other’s rights and treat people with the same respect and dignity you would want from them;
Communicate and collaborate
Try your best to find inclusive ways to communicate with each other, and include others and collaborate in your projects and work;
We all have good and bad days, sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry. Try to support your fellow participants and volunteers through the good and the bad;
Decom build and strike can be a dangerous environment (and has its own policy and training). Take care to look after yourself and think about your safety and the safety of others;
Leave No Trace
Please set an example for others at the event, leave no trace, help keep the Decom build area clean, tell everyone why being part of a leave no trace event is so important. Help us look after Decompression;
Everyone has different boundaries and not all of us like physical or intimate contact. Please respect each other’s personal space and boundaries. Consent should be sought and given prior to touching.
The following are considered to cross lines of respect, consideration and consent, and will not be dismissed as ‘harmless’:
- Comments made to, or about, someone who feels they are unwelcome and inappropriate (including those of a sexual nature);
- Ignoring requests or other indication about someone’s boundaries and sense of respect, including for verbal behaviours;
- Abuse of position/power if holding any kind of role or responsibility, including accessing or using people’s personal contact information inappropriately.
These behaviours are unacceptable and will not be tolerated:
- Name calling, verbal abuse, or bullying;
- Being insensitive to peoples choice of pronouns;
- Physical or mental abuse;
- Physical or mental assault;
- Aggressive behaviour;
- Hostile behaviour;
- The use of weapons;
- Sexual discrimination;
- Sexual harassment;
- Inappropriate physical contact;
- Unwelcome sexual attention;
- Any non-consensual physical interaction;
- Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, ability, race, religion, gender, disability, age, or any other distinction or prejudice(s);
- Stealing, or any form of theft.
Being in an inebriated state will not excuse a person from their actions if they decide to act outside the code of conduct.
How to report breaches
Non-Event Time (pre/post event)
Any volunteer feeling harassed or put in a compromising situation should report their situation to
- The consent or inclusion lead (firstname.lastname@example.org may be used as a contact point)
- Their work lead
- An Uberlead
- The Event Leads (email@example.com)
If the incident occurs during the event, contact either the D-Rangers or Welfare Shift Lead who will help with the matter in a private and respectful manner. They are reachable by anyone with a Decom radio
Handling reported Code of Conduct breaches
Once a complaint is received, it will be treated in as much confidence as possible, and be investigated by a suitably trained (including by experience) person.
It is intended that investigations will be as speedy as possibly, but will reflect that they are being undertaken by volunteers and we strive to have a fair process that involves the accused and the accuser.
Anyone with a perceivable or actual conflict of interest must recuse themselves.
All issues will be dealt with in a fair and unbiased manner. In some cases, during an investigation a person with an assigned role may be required to take non-prejudicial gardening leave.
However, if a participant is found to have broken a code of conduct intentionally, or if the violation is egregious, one or more of the following actions may be taken:
- Standing-down from work duty;
- Removal from the role they’re undertaking for the remainder of the event;
- If during setup, asked to leave site until the start of the event;
- If during the event, the offending parties may be asked to leave the event;
- Being banned from being involved in future events run by London Decompression Ltd;
- Being banned from attending future events run by London Decompression Ltd;
- If during the course of the investigation the investigators feel there may be a reason to involve the police or other law enforcement agencies a decision may be made to do this. This will also require the briefing of a company director.
Removal should be decided by any two, and preferably three people, selected from at least two of the following groups:
- Inclusion Lead
- Event Leads
If there is a suspected criminal incident, for example, a sexual or physical assault, the local law enforcement may be contacted.
Nothing above will prevent legal action.