Code of Conduct
At Flashepoint, we strive to create a safe and supportive environment where we can all learn, share, and grow as flow artists and as a community of people.
The Flashepoint community is interested and invested in facilitating the development of a radically inclusive community, where each individual’s genuine expression is welcomed and encouraged, and differences and disagreements are treated as opportunities for growth and learning. We strive to foster mutual respect, consideration for how our words and actions may affect the people around us, and the understanding that even with the best intentions there are always things to learn about how to better treat ourselves, each other, and all the things around us. To uphold this mission we ask that all participants are aware of and agree to our Code of Conduct:
All participants will act in a way that is respectful of all other participants and their personal autonomy. This means acting with integrity, respect, dignity, and consent in their interactions with other participants at Flashepoint.
Utilizing consent means that interactions, physical and non physical, are mutually and freely agreed to by involved participants. Inebriated persons cannot give consent.
We require all participants to act in a manner that does not make other participants feel unsafe or threatened. This includes not discriminating based on race, sex, orientation, age, or disability.
What is Consent?
- Consent is given with an enthusiastic yes.
- Consent is freely given and revocable.
- Consent is active, affirmative, and continuous permission.
- Silence or passivity is NOT consent.
- Sexual remarks, gestures, or physical contact in the absence of consent are not tolerated at Flashepoint.
- Be friendly and welcoming.
There are many participants at Flashepoint. To facilitate a positive experience for everyone please be considerate to everyone.
- Be patient.
People are here to learn and have fun. We all have different skill sets, backgrounds, and sometimes native languages.
- Be respectful.
Respect differences of opinion and differences between people.
- Be responsible.
Fire performance has inherent dangers. Please spin responsibly and take that attitude into your other actions at Flashepoint.
In particular, organizers would like to highlight that the following behaviours are considered unacceptable at Flashepoint:
- Intimidation, harassment, abuse, discrimination, derogatory or demeaning conduct toward any participant.
- Offensive, discriminatory or inappropriate comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion.
- Unwelcome sexual advances or interactions.
- Intimidation, stalking/following, threats, or incitement of violence towards any individual or group.
- Inappropriate social contact, such as continuing to make attempts to communicate with someone after they have indicated that they do not wish to speak to you.
- Use of any item as a weapon with the intention to inflict harm.
- Any other conduct which endangers the physical safety or bodily integrity of others.
Consent, Harassment, Assault, and Discrimination
Flashepoint Retreat and Flow Arts Institute, LLC. (FAI) are committed to providing a safe environment for all its attendees free from discrimination on any ground and from harassment at events including sexual harassment. Flashepoint and FAI will operate a zero tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment at all events, treat all incidents seriously and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual harassment, and engage the appropriate authorities. Any person found to have sexually harassed another will face disciplinary action, up to and including ejection from current and future events.
All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and treated with respect and confidentiality. No one will be victimized for making such a complaint.
Sexual harassment is the unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated. It includes situations where a person is asked to engage in sexual activity as a condition of that person’s participation in the environment/event, as well as situations which create an environment which is hostile, intimidating, or humiliating for the recipient. Sexual harassment can involve one or more incidents, and actions constituting harassment may be physical, verbal and non-verbal. Examples of conduct or behavior which constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Physical Conduct–
Unwelcome physical contact including patting, pinching, stroking, kissing, hugging, fondling, or inappropriate touching.
- Physical Violence–
Including sexual assault.
- Physical Contact–
Touching, pinching, etc. The use of threats or rewards to solicit sexual favors.
- Verbal Conduct–
Comments on a person's appearance, age, private life, gender etc. Sexual comments, stories, jokes, references.
- Sexual Advances–
Repeated and unwanted social invitations for dates or physical intimacy. Insults based on the sex of a person, Condescending or paternalistic remarks including sending sexually explicit messages (by phone or email).
- Non-verbal Conduct–
Display of sexually explicit or suggestive material. Sexually-suggestive gestures: whistling, leering, etc.
Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment, regardless of their sex, identity, or the identity of the harasser. Flashepoint recognizes that sexual harassment may also occur between people of the same sex. What matters is the sexual conduct is unwanted and unwelcome by the person whom the conduct is directed.
All sexual harassment is prohibited whether it takes place on the event venue premises or outside, including all social events, workshop sessions, or affiliated conferences sponsored by Flashepoint & FAI.
Sanctions and Disciplinary Measures
Anyone who has been found to have sexually harassed another person under the terms of this policy is liable to any of the following sanctions: verbal or written warning, ejection from the current event without refund, removal from staff position, and/or banishment from future events.
If you need to submit a complaint or report during the event, you should:
- Find a CCI Pillar on duty (they will walk you through the process for report intake, official statement production, and post-event follow up).
- Find a Director or Organizer, they will help you process your incident and/or direct you towards a CCI Pillar.
- Go to the Volunteer HQ booth to utilize the walkie-talkie in order to contact a CCI Pillar.
If you need to submit a complaint or report after the event, you should:
- File a complaint through Consent Culture Initiative via the confidential channel of their report form or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a follow-up email within 48 hours of your initial contact.
Recording & Photography
At Flashepoint we respect photography as an art of self expression. However, we ask that consent is used when photographing others. Please refrain from using uncredited photographs in personal advertising. If a patron asks that you do not photograph them or that you delete a photo of them, please respect that person’s boundary.