The Department of Game Design at Uppsala University wants, above all else, to work for an inclusive games industry and -culture, where everyone can feel safe to be themselves.
We believe that prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are detrimental to the growth of a rich, mature and vibrant gaming culture. Thus, we aim for inclusiveness and we commit to maintaining a safe and accountable space for all participants. This means that we treat each other with respect and care. It also means that it’s understandable to make mistakes, and that we hold each other and ourselves accountable as we grow and learn together.
Differing opinions and perspectives are crucial to an effective discussion, however, we ask that everyone remain mindful of, and take responsibility for, their own speech and behavior – in person, on social media, and in games/play spaces.
In short: You are a part of somebody else’s experience. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t be a creep. If someone asks you to stop and leave them alone, stop and leave them alone. Have fun, play games, and don’t mess up anyone else’s good time.
We reserve the right to remove anyone if they are found to be harassing someone. This includes everything from physical assault to unwelcome attention. At this conference, if someone says “no” it truly and seriously means “no.” This includes cosplay! Remember: attire is never consent.
Below are examples of some things that run afoul of our policy:
- Verbal abuse.
- Deliberate intimidation.
- Taking clearly unwanted or inappropriate photos (i.e. upskirt photos).
- The use of social media to engage in any of the above behaviors while at the convention.
- Unwanted physical attention of any kind.
- Unwanted physical contact or abuse of any kind.
The above list is not exhaustive and GGC staff are the final arbiter of what else may constitute harassment for the purposes of this policy. If you deliberately ignore these guidelines, repeatedly disrupt the conference and other attendees, and/or no resolution can be met or agreed upon, you will be asked to leave the conference.
If you have been harassed in any way or witness someone engaging in harassment, please notify one of our staff immediately. We’ll do our best to make sure the problem gets resolved and we’ll provide the targeted party with a safe space to chill. You may be asked to complete a report to document the incident. This is optional but very helpful in tracking behavior patterns and ensuring the offender is dealt with appropriately. Any reports of harassment are kept confidential and the reporting party’s identity is never shared without their express consent.
Photography is expressly permitted throughout the conference, within the guidelines of the Code of Conduct and anti-harassment policy. The Department of Game Design employs professional photographers to document the event, and to record all lectures. Both recordings and photos are shared online and used throughout our educations and public relations.
If you would prefer a specific photo of you not to be used publicly, please get in touch with Elias Faltin.