Friendly Space Policy

    The CRTRA Friendly Space Policy was developed to ensure the CRTRA Annual Conference remains a safe and respectful place for all attendees. 

    We strive to ensure that everyone has a positive and safe conference experience

    CRTRA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free, safe conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Throughout the CRTRA conference, CRTRA does not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form, whether uninvited sexual language or imagery, inappropriate comments about a participant’s gender or belief system; comments such as this are not appropriate for any conference experience. CRTRA Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. 

    What is harassment?
    Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment also includes sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

    This applies to every person and every event at the conference
    This Code of Conduct applies to all participants in the conference, including attendees, staff, organizers, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors. CRTRA offsite events and similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, speakers should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. All participants should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. We expect participants to follow these policies at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

    CRTRA organizers will take action to investigate harassment
    If a participant engages in harassing behavior, CRTRA conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from warning the offender or to expulsing the offender from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference organizers immediately. Conference organizers can be identified by special badges. Conference organizers will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

    Where to turn for help 

    Karli Rounds, Executive Director
    Telephone: 571-577-8451

    Amy Gallagher, Conference Manager
    Telephone: 571-577-8451