Behaviour Policy

The Convention has been organised so that everyone – speakers, attendees and organisers alike – can have a good time and enjoy the great content and pleasant social interactions that we all expect of such an event. In order to make sure that this expectation is met, we ask that everyone adhere to the following very simple rules:

  1. Be nice.
  2. Don’t be disruptive.
  3. Don’t do anything illegal*.

The following are some of the main behavioural guidelines to observe:

  • No touching without the consent of the other person. If unsure, don’t.
  • Intimidating or threatening behaviour of any kind – physical or verbal – is unacceptable.
  • Doing any of the above or engaging in other inappropriate or unwelcome behaviour and not stopping when asked constitutes harassment and is strictly prohibited.

Two things regarding speakers and sessions:

  • Please do not speak during sessions, even if you disagree with the views of a speaker or panel. Most speakers will allow short(!) questions(!) at the end of the session.
  • Most speakers will be available for a chat during breaks. You should be aware that other attendees will probably also want to chat with the speaker so please don’t hog their time. Even if you disagree with the speaker’s views, please keep any criticism polite and respectful.

We sincerely hope we will not have to deal with any breaches of the policy, but should any breaches occur, they are to be brought to the attention of the organisers immediately. We reserve the right to remove any attendee from the Convention if we determine that a breach is likely to have happened. Should you be removed from the Convention, refunds will not be forthcoming.

By attending the Convention, you agree to comply with this policy.

The Australian Skeptics National Convention 2014 Organisers

* Anything that is illegal according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia or the State of NSW is forbidden at the Convention.