KidLitCon Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy

KidLitCon Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy

The following Code of Conduct applies to everyone present at the Kidlitosphere Conference or any KidLitCon-associated event or activity.

All attendees at KidLitCon are expected to treat other attendees, guests, staff, and the general public with respect. Physical and verbal harassment and sexual assault will not be tolerated. Some discussions may create a high degree of feeling – but in all of our conversations, the use of deliberate intimidation, physical aggression, shouting, swearing, or other antisocial or aggressive behavior will absolutely not be tolerated. KidLitCon is a safe space for the exploration of ideas – please do your part to keep this KidLitCon a positive and amazing experience for everyone.

Sexual harassment prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to: (1) unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical, verbal or written conduct of a sexual nature, and (2) creating an intimidating, hostile, or sexually offensive environment by severe or pervasive conduct.

Sexual harassment deserves special mention. Harassing conduct based on gender often is sexual in nature but sometimes is not. This policy forbids harassment based on gender regardless of whether the offensive conduct is sexual in nature. Any unwelcome conduct based on gender is also forbidden regardless of whether the individual engaged in harassment and the individual being harassed are of the same or are of different genders.

This policy forbids harassment regardless of whether it rises to the level of a legal violation. Examples of gender-based harassment forbidden by this policy include (1) offensive sex-oriented verbal kidding, teasing or jokes, (2) repeated unwanted sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, (3) verbal abuse of a sexual nature, (4) graphic or degrading comments about an individual’s appearance or sexual activity, (5) offensive visual conduct, including leering, making sexual gestures, the display of offensive sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters, (6) unwelcome pressure for sexual activity, (7) offensively suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations, (8) offensive physical contact such as patting, grabbing, pinching, or brushing against another’s body, and (9) sexual favoritism.

KidLitCon also prohibits discrimination or harassment based on race, age, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, physical ability, medical condition, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship, or any marginalized status not already specified.

Please be courteous when approaching authors for book signings. Consider that they’re coming to KidLitCon to listen and participate, just like you, and only approach them during appropriate times. If your request for a book signing or conversation is met with a “no,” then you are expected to respect their wishes.

Reporting Procedure

We encourage attendees who believe the above policy has been violated to first calmly communicate with the individual engaging in the offensive behavior to let them know their behavior is inappropriate. If this is not effective, or if direct communication is uncomfortable, you may bring your concerns to the attention of the KidLitCon team.

If you have questions, comments, or need to report something, please see a con representative (they’ll be identified by their badges).

You may also contact the KidLitCon organizing team, Charlotte Taylor and Mia Wenjen, via email at with questions or concerns.

This Policy prohibits retaliation against any KidLitCon attendee for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination and for participating in an investigation relating to a complaint. The sanctions for Retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of this Policy.

Sanctions for Violation of Policy
When it has been determined that a violation of this Policy has occurred, the KidLitCon staff will determine, in its sole discretion, the appropriate sanction. Disciplinary measures may include the following:

  • tell the harasser to leave the conference with no money back
  • tell the harasser to have no further interaction with the victim while at
  • inform the harasser that they will never be allowed at KidLitCon again

KidLitCon staff will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties.

Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and to be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect for the reputation of all parties involved.


KidLitCon 2019 will be held in Providence, Rhode Island

on March 22-23, 2019

at Hotel Providence in downtown Providence.

Our hashtag is: #KidLitCon2019

The theme is Reaching Readers.

Want to help shape our panels? Go here.