Policy On Discrimination, Harassment, & Abuse

This document is intended to supplement and provide additional clarification to the information provided in our club’s Membership Handbook (Chapter 7: Codes of Conduct and Ethics, available at https://www.hiddenparlor.com/download/membership-handbook/) and National Charter (Investigations and Remediation Policy, available at https://www.hiddenparlor.com/download/globalnational-charter/).

These policies apply to all members (paid or trial) of The Hidden Parlor community.  Storytellers, Administrators and Directors will all also subject to these policies and will be held to the same standards and disciplinary action.

The Hidden Parlor is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, and to prohibit harassment of its members.  The Hidden Parlor  has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, at all events either held by, or attended by, The Hidden Parlor.  This would include, but is not limited to:

  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Offensive verbal comments
  • Physical assault and/or battery
  • Harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of game or other club events
  • Bathroom policing
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome physical attention

 

This is in relation to, but not limited to:

Race Gender Sexual Orientation Disability Citizenship
Color Gender Identity Age Physical Appearance Pregnancy
National Origin Gender Presentation Body Size Religion Military or Veteran status

To put it succinctly, If someone tells you “no” or asks you to leave them alone, your business with them is done.  Any further attempts at interaction, will be constituted as harassment.

 

Sanctions

Per our Code of Conduct and National Charter, a person who engages in discriminatory, harassing or abusive behavior may face sanctions within the The Hidden Parlor club.

Sanctions may include, but not limited to:

  • Temporary suspension from attending The Hidden Parlor events  
  • Permanent banning from The Hidden Parlor events  
  • Immediate ejection from a Hidden Parlor event without refund

Regarding Sexual Harassment: Per our National Charter –

“Sexual harassment will result in an immediate permanent ban from all National events and social media pages, as well as a recommendation to the local CA and CST that the punishment be carried to the local level and a recommendation to the BoD for the organization membership to be expunged.”

As a private organization, The Hidden Parlor reserves the right to refuse entry to a member based on unsafe, disrespectful or abusive behavior, regardless of whether or not they stem from incidents occurring at events officially sponsored by The Hidden Parlor.

 

Reporting

Any member who believes he or she has been subjected to any type of harassment, or witnesses the harassment of another, is encouraged to immediately report any incident to one of the club’s designated officer’s (Administrator or Member Advocate).

The Hidden Parlor will not tolerate retaliation against any member who complains of harassment or provides information in connection with any such complaint.

If you feel that you or someone else has been the target of discrimination, speak to an organizer. If you have been the target of assault or harassment of a criminal nature you should consider reporting it to the police. If you wish to make a police report, The Hidden Parlor will be pleased to offer assistance or support if you wish.

Reporting sexual harassment and assault can be difficult. Complaints can be made through a third party, such as a friend or confidant, but a The Hidden Parlor organizer or a designate will need to confirm the complaint with the individual from whom it originates before taking action.

The Hidden Parlor pledges to take seriously, investigate, and take prompt, appropriate action on every report we receive.

The Hidden Parlor takes the privacy and confidentiality of people making reports under the policy extremely seriously, and we will not reveal your identity or the substance of your report unless it is absolutely necessary to obtain information about the incident or take action related to the incident.

The Hidden Parlor will not take any sort of retaliatory action against you for reporting or not reporting a problem.

The Hidden Parlor will always err on the side of safety and will assume that any and all reports are made honestly and in good faith. False reports of sexual assault and harassment are far less common than non-reporting, however in the event that it has been determined that a report has been made falsely or disingenuously it will be treated as harassment under our policy.

 

A few words on Photography and Recordings.

Please be polite and ask before taking photographs or recordings of members. Video and audio recording and photography for personal archival use only is generally acceptable unless individuals make it clear that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded. In that case, any photography or recording of them is expressly forbidden.

If a Chapter or Event Game staff wishes to have open photography (ex: a paid or volunteer photographer who takes pictures during the game), they must disclose such at event check-in. In addition, they must provide a way for individual participants to opt-out of being photographed or recorded (example: a button or ribbon).

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact The Hidden Parlor Board of Directors at directors@hiddenparlor.com

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