Consent and Unacceptable Behaviors

I.  Definition of Consent
A.  Consent is defined as an affirmative freely entered agreement between parties for an action or activity that is bound by time and space. It can be revoked at any time and is required for all interpersonal activities and interactions except:
1.  Standard social greetings and general conversation. However, any touching, including hugging or handshakes must have consent of both parties. Consent to talk to someone may be revoked by either party at any time. Any conversation utilizing NLP, covert or conversational hypnosis or other trancelike language requires explicit consent.
2.  Incidental touching such as in a crowded elevator, when passing in a hallway, or taking one’s seat in a classroom. Intentional touching of any type requires consent.
3. Discussions and lectures during classes or other official convention events. If someone objects to the words or actions of the instructor or participant, one may leave at any time. If someone believes the instructor or participant has exceeded the reasonable bounds of the topic without consent or has failed to demonstrate proper consent, a complaint may be made as described in the Consent Policy and Procedures.
4.  Emergency situations when it is not feasible to obtain consent. This is especially true of individuals acting in their professional capacity such as doctors in a medical emergency.

II. Attendee Responsibilities
A.  As an attendee at Entranced, it is *your* responsibility to ensure that you have obtained freely given, informed, affirmative consent for all interactions other than those described above including but not limited to touching, play, hypnosis/trancing, including NLP, covert hypnosis, conversational hypnosis and other trances states, BDSM, or anything that is considered kink or sexual activities.
B. Consent can take many forms and can be retracted at anytime. It is *your* responsibility to discuss all aspects of a scene with your play partner(s) and confirm that everyone involved understands the rights, responsibilities, limits, and safe words that will be used in the scene.
C. No’s can also take many forms. A soft no (i.e. trying to exit conversation, physically moving/leaning away physically, subject changes) is still a no and should be treated as such. For everyone’s comfort and safety, a good rule of thumb is when in doubt assume that consent has not been given.
D. If you have approached a person to play, and the person has denied consent, that should be the end of the conversation. Continuing to ask may result in getting an affirmative response that is coerced, and thus does not meet the definition of consent and may also be considered harassment.
E. Consent for one activity or in one situation does not grant consent for all activities or situations. It is your responsibility to obtain consent for each and every activity in which you are involved. However, pre-existing and standing consent between parties is recognized as consent.
F. What is not consent?Consent that is unclear or given under duress, manipulation, or consent that has been retracted do not meet the standard for consent. Only overt yeses meet the standard for consent.
G. While consensual non-consent (CNC) is allowed, it is only allowed in private rooms and designated play areas. In designated play areas, all parties must inform the dungeon monitors that the scene will include CNC and any safe words which will be used. The convention safe word is Red.

III. Privacy
A.  Entranced respects and protects the privacy of our attendees as best we can by only requesting necessary information, using password protection, and limiting access to registration and other attendee names, emails, or other identifying information.
B.  The only person or persons who have access to personal information used to register and obtain hotel rooms are the Con Chair(s) and hotel liaison. This information will not be shared, even among the ConCom. Volunteer liaison may also receive limited personal information from those applying to volunteer. We make it a policy to protect privacy to the greatest extent possible, and only those who actively need to know information will have it.
C. If there is an issue regarding privacy please contact a member of ConCom or use the online reporting form.

IV. Unacceptable Behaviors
A.  Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to, non-consensual touching, harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.
1. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
a.  Unwanted verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
b. Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following.
c.  Photography or recording without permission.
d. Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
e. Inappropriate contact or violation of personal boundaries.
f. Any unwelcome attention after it has been made clear that the attention is unwelcome (or it would be clear to a reasonable person).
g. Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.
2. Retaliation is defined as harming or attempting to harm another person because the other person has or is believed to have taken action against you. Harm does not have to be physical. Types of retaliation can include but are not limited to:
a. Outing or Doxing (Gathering and sharing another person’s information without or against their consent).
b. Blackmail and Extortion- using information to force/coerce another into doing something.
c.  Making bad faith reports
d. Trying to weaponize the ConCom or the rules as a way to harass another person.
e. Attempting to have someone banned/removed from an event or online community resource such as FetLife groups or online forums without just cause or for retaliatory purposes as defined above.
3. Discrimination is inappropriate or offensive behavior based on characteristics such as race, religion, political beliefs, gender identity, and orientation.
a. Do not assume a person’s gender. Respect people’s identities.
i. Repeated misgendering after being corrected is unacceptable.
ii. When in doubt, default to gender neutral language (i.e. they, them) until you are able to politely ask what a person’s pronouns are.
b. Racist, Sexist, -Phobic statements and slurs are not tolerated.
c. Offensive statements about politics and religion
i. If you wish to discuss politics or religion do so in a respectful manner or discuss it privately outside of Conspace.
ii. This does not supercede point b. above.