Code of Conduct
Participants are expected to (mostly) behave
Nowhere Participant Code of Conduct – Last 2024
What is the Code of Conduct?
When buying a ticket for any Nowhere event, all participants agree to abide by the Nowhere Code of Conduct. To ensure that Nowhere is a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for everyone, the Code of Conduct sets clear expectations of standards of behaviour. It also details what the consequences of unacceptable behaviours may be.
This Code of Conduct applies in the following circumstances;
- on-site, both during the event and also during Set Up and Strike
- at official meetings, events, or gatherings (e.g. planning meetings, etc) whether in person or virtual
- in communications between Norg volunteers, such as online planning meetings and emails.
- to comments on Nowhere’s official social media channels
Norg volunteers are participants who have volunteered either for a year round Lead role, or who volunteer for on-site Norg shifts.
- Respectful Interactions – Try to understand each other’s cultures, opinions, and motivations. Respect each other’s rights and treat people with the same respect and dignity you would want to receive from them.
- Communicate and Collaborate – We are a community of many languages. Try your best to find inclusive ways to communicate with each other, include others, and collaborate on your projects and work.
- Look After Each Other – Nowhere can be a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. If you see a fellow participant in need, ask them what they need and how you can help. We have all been new to Nowhere and we support each other in learning about our event and community.
- Look After Yourself – Nowhere can be a challenging and harsh environment. Take care to look after yourself both mentally and physically, and ask for help when you need it. Eat, sleep, hydrate. Know your boundaries and allow yourself to express them. Respect the boundaries of others.
- Leave No Trace – Set an example for others at the event; ensure your camp area is tidy, help keep the Nowhere site clean, pick up MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) even if it isn’t yours, and share why being part of a Leave No Trace event is so important. Help us look after Nowhere for years to come.
Nowhere will not tolerate:
- Name calling, mental or verbal abuse, bullying, or intimidation
- Physical abuse, hostile behaviour, threatening behaviour, or the use of weapons
- Threatening harm towards oneself or others
- Discrimination or harassment on the grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, nationality, language(s) spoken, disability, age or any other characteristic
- Sexual harassment, unwelcome sexual attention, or unwanted physical contact
- Sexual activity in public spaces or anywhere not explicitly designated for such activity
- Repeated breaking of Nowhere’s Sound Policy, including breaking of the morning amplified sound curfew
- Any animals onsite (aside from assistance animals with prior written agreement)
- The taking and/or sharing of photographs or video without the consent of everyone captured.
- The use of drones
- Behaviour that wastes excessive amounts of resources and/or the time of volunteers, or puts the event at risk in any way
- Any illegal activity,
Consent is an agreement between people, entered into voluntarily, to do something specific together. Nowhere takes consent breaches very seriously and expects all participants to understand and practise the principles of consent.
Consent applies to:
- Physical contact, from non-sexual touching and hugging to sexual contact
- Borrowing camp or personal items
- Gifting; the receiver must be fully informed as to what they are accepting
- Accessing private space in camps or personal living space
- Sexual activity or consensual violence where bystanders may witness it
- Taking and/or sharing photographs and video
- Allocation of responsibilities, projects, and tasks
Consent must be:
- Freely Given – this means not coerced, pressured or reliant on specific conditions.
- Informed – all those involved must know what is going to happen in as much detail as necessary.
- Reversible – consent can be withdrawn (or downgraded) at any time, without needing justification.
- Enthusiastic – you’re looking for a massive YES to continue. Anything less should be considered a No until you get clarification.
- Specific – just because someone consents to one activity does not mean they consent to anything else.
How to raise a concern
If you believe that someone is behaving in a way that is against this Code of Conduct, you may raise this in the following ways:
|During the event
|Malfare, Nomads, Consent Reporting Box
|During Set Up and Strike
|Appointed NOrg representative*
|Appointed NOrg eepresentative*
|On official social media channels
|Outside of the above circumstances
|Consent Incident Form
|Lead, MetaLead or Recruitment and Relationships MetaLead
Information about any behaviour involving a consent breach may be forwarded to the Consent Committee for further consideration.
What happens next?
- Onsite – Malfare and/or the appointed NOrg representative* will handle issues in line with their procedures. This may include;
- Mediation or other negotiated solution where appropriate
- Reassignment of volunteer duties
- Request for Set Up or Strike volunteer to leave site temporarily
- The initiation of the Problematic Participant Process (3P) which may result in sanctions up to and including eviction from site and banning from future
- Online – the social media Moderators will deal with all complaints.
- Outside of event/Set Up/Strike – the Lead or MetaLead of the relevant department will initially handle the complaint and seek resolution, but may escalate to the Recruitment & Relationship MetaLead, or a Director if required. Ultimately, Nowhere’s Grievance Policy may be invoked.
- If the complaint relates to consent:
- During the event it will be handled by Malfare and the Consent Response Lead, and passed to the Consent Committee where appropriate
- Outside of the event, it will be handled by the Consent Response Lead, and passed to the Consent Committee where appropriate
All Code of Conduct complaints or breaches will be handled confidentially, fairly, and in a timely manner.
Likewise, in the event of any discrepancy in the translation of these conditions, the Spanish version shall prevail.
*appointed NOrg representative: actual title TBD (To be determined as soon as possible ASAP