Philadelphia Area New Media Association

PANMA Code of Conduct

PANMA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be asked to leave, at the discretion of the PANMA organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or asking any offenders to leave an event.
Event organizers may take action to redress any issues with the intention of, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all event locations and at PANMA-related social activities.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our events for everyone. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report. We will shortly provide a link to a form you can use to do so.
We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by contacting a PANMA organizer or emailing report@panma.org with the subject line “Code of Conduct violation.”

When taking a personal report, our organizers will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event organizers to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of any PANMA event. We value your attendance.

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