PLAGUE POLICIES

Banning Policy

Updated: 2/24/2017

Introduction

It is with regret after ten plus years of PLAGUE, that we need to institute a policy concerning banning. This fall (2016) has seen several occurrences of inappropriate behavior that have threatened the the spirit of the event: We do our best to provide a safe space, without judgement, where our patrons can feel free to be themselves, whatever that may be. We have put this policy together as a starting point for when we feel the need to ban individuals who act counter to this mission.

While not perfect, we have tried to clearly outline what we will not tolerate at PLAGUE and ask that everyone respect these terms. We do reserve the right to update this policy as needed, when needed, which we dearly hope will not be needed.

Please be mindful that we as the staff do not want to be caught between any "he said/she said" kinds of drama. This policy should only be enacted in the most dire of situations.

Terminology

The following use of "club staff" includes both Asylum or PLAGUE staff.

Behaviors

The following behaviors or scenarios have been identified as cause to ban someone:

Evidence/Grievance

When behaviours are witnessed by club staff, no written proof is required only a grievance should be required in the form of a written/email/etc. complaint.

When behaviors occur at PLAGUE but are not witnessed by club staff, grievances should be raised as soon as possible include any witness testimonials. A written grievance should be provided within five (5) business days following an incident.

When inappropriate acts occur outside PLAGUE, written proof (text/email/photographic/witness statements/etc) of behavior should be provided.

Grievances/evidence may be provided to amy@gothicmaine.com or any PLAGUE staff member.

Decision

The PLAGUE committee will review provided evidence or grievance and will vote on a decision to ban an individual. This decision will be made up to ten (10) days after evidence or grievance has been provided.

Notification

Those subject to banning, will be notified privately via email, text, or whatever non-public manner is available to the PLAGUE staff. This will happen within five (5) business days.

If the decision has been made to not ban an individual, those who provided evidence will be notified with the decision outcome and the concerns why the decision was made. This will happen within five (5) business days after the decision is made.

Appeal

Subjects of this policy may appeal the decision of banning. An appeal should be provided in writing in the form of a private email/letter/or other format. The PLAGUE committee will respond with a new decision or request for additional information within ten (10) business days.

Jurisdiction

This policy ONLY applies to the nights when PLAGUE is held and ONLY to the room where PLAGUE occurs. The Asylum/club will be notified when an individual has been banned and may choose their own actions or apply their own policy. It goes without saying, if the club bans an individual, they will also be banned from PLAGUE.

Drink Spiking

In the case that someone suspects they've been dosed, we highly recommend that they get a toxicology test. This will help us deal with law enforcement and prevent panic in the case of any false positives. In the case that this has actually happened, we will notify the club, our patrons via Facebook, and will aid law enforcement as best we can. If anyone is caught doing this, they will of course be banned, and turned over to law enforcement.

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If anyone has concerns or suggestions to amendment to this policy, these can be sent to amy@gothicmaine.com for consideration.