NESEA's Anti Harassment Policy

Purpose of Policy

NESEA is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for our events and programs. In accordance with that commitment, we have developed an anti-harassment policy to support the experience of our community.

We have zero tolerance for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
  • Offensive verbal comments
  • Harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
  • Bathroom policing
  • Intimidation or threatening comments
  • Stalking
  • Physical assault and/or battery
  • Sustained or intentional disruption of sessions or other events
  • Inappropriate/unwelcome physical contact
  • Hate symbols or hate speech
  • Other non-professional behavior      
In relation to, but not limited to: 
  • Race or ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Gender identity or presentation 
  • Sexual orientation
  • Body size
  • Appearance
  • Citizenship
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy

This policy applies to all members of our community, including staff, attendees, board members, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and any other person who is part of a NESEA event or program, whether in-person or virtual. If a person engages in harassing behavior, staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the event with no refund.  

If someone’s actions have made you uncomfortable or if you witness behavior that violates the anti-harassment policy, you should immediately contact a NESEA staff member. 


The structure and language of this policy was developed after reviewing similar policies from several events and organizations, including Northeastern Political Science Association, The Future of Privacy Forum, and New York Comic Con. 



Our Mission

NESEA advances sustainability practices in the built environment by cultivating a cross-disciplinary community where practitioners are encouraged to share, collaborate and learn.