As part of the welcoming community in which the Calgary Expo is cultivating, we have developed policies surrounding issues such as sexual harassment, bullying, consent, and other topics. Please give this section a read, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us HERE.
*Our policies apply to our social media (Facebook, Twitter) etc. Bullying, verbal abuse, threats, spam, and any other forms of harassment will result in the user being banned from all social media channels.
If you experience sexual harassment at the Calgary Expo, please go to one of our Customer Service tables located around the venue. They will put you in touch with our trained staff member who will then assist you. We are also working closely with CCASA (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse) to properly manage all reports of sexual harassment. CCASA will be on hand at the Calgary Expo to offer additional support. They also have a 24/7 support line: 1-877-237-5888.
6 Harassment, Abuse, and Bullying
6.1 Harassment Policy
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo does not tolerate harassment of any type at any of its events. Harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, words, signs, offensive jokes, cartoons, pictures, posters, e-mail jokes or statements, pranks, intimidation, physical assaults or contact, or violence.
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo will investigate all reported instances of harassment or abuse no matter how small and will strive to ensure that all perpetrators are dealt with in an appropriate manner.
6.2 Sexual Harassment Policy
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo defines Sexual Harassment as “Comments or conduct of a sexual nature and/or abusive conduct based on gender, gender identity, sex (including pregnancy, and breast feeding), or sexual orientation directed at an individual or group of individuals by a person(s) of the same or opposite sex, who knows, or ought reasonably to know that such comments or conduct is unwelcome and/or unwanted.
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo maintains a zero tolerance policy on all matters of harassment no matter the size or scope of the infringement.
Sexual Harassment includes, but is in no way limited to;
a) Unwelcome sexual invitations or requests;
b) Demands for sexual favors;
c) Unnecessary touching or patting of a person(s) body;
e) Unwelcome and/or repeated innuendos or taunting about an individual’s gender, gender identity, sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), or sexual orientation;
f) Unwelcome remarks and/or verbal narrative of a sexual nature;
g) Any and all visual displays that are openly sexual in nature that can or may be interpreted as being degrading or offensive;
h) Threats of a sexual nature;
i) Any form of sexual assault;
j) Any other unwanted and/or unwarranted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
6.3 Verbal and Physical Abuse
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo has adopted a policy prohibiting violence of any form directed at any member of staff, whether corporate, contracted, or venue, any crew member, any guest, or any attendee. Consistent with this policy, acts or threats of physical violence, including intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion, which involve or affect The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and/or their staff, crew members, contactors, or associates, or which occur on The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo or venue property, will not be tolerated.
6.3.1 Verbal Abuse, Reviling, and Bullying
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo defines verbal abuse as the use of words and/or statements used to attack, defame, or injure an individual, or to speak falsely of an individual. Verbal abuse constitutes psychological violence under this policy. Verbal abuse, reviling, or bullying can consist of, but is in no way limited to;
a) Unwarranted accusations;
b) Name Calling;
d) Criticizing and/or judging;
g) Unwarranted ordering;
h) Verbal abuse disguised as a joke;
k) Any other unwarranted verbal attack on any person(s) that may cause them inherent psychological harm, or cause them to worry for their physical safety.
6.3.2 Physical Abuse
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo defines physical abuse as any act by an individual(s) that results in any form of non-accidental physical injury to another individual or party. Physical abuse consists of, but is in no way limited to;
a) Striking in any manner (Punching, kicking, slapping, kneeing, etc.);
c) Cutting, or exposing an individual to something sharp;
d) Pushing and/or pulling;
e) Exposing an individual to a dangerous animal;
g) Throwing and/or shooting any form of projectile;
h) Use of any object to strike another individual;
i) Withholding food and/or medication;
k) Exposing an individual to extreme cold or heat;
n) Blinding and/or eye poking;
o) Exposing a person to any form of electric shock.
6.4 False Accusation
Any individual found to be making false accusations regarding sexual, physical, or verbal abuse may be held accountable and dealt with in accordance to the posted corrective procedures listed in 6.6.
6.5 Complaint Procedure
Any individual, or group of individuals who believe that they have been subjected to any form of harassment whether verbal, sexual, and/or physical should immediately contact any member of the Expo, whether that be a crew member, staff, or contractor. That person will then immediately convey your complaint to a member of the Customer Service Team, the Response Team, or directly to a Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo staff member for investigation.
6.6 Corrective Procedure
At the conclusion of the investigation, any person found to have been in violation of any policy under article 6 may be dealt with in a manner that best interprets the seriousness of the offense. This may include, but is in no way limited to;
a) Oral Warning;
b) Revocation of Convention Pass and Wristband without Refund;
c) Attendance Ban at Future Shows and/or Events;
d) Immediate arrest and detention;
e) Reporting of the offense to the appropriate authorities;