ThrillerFest XV • July 7 – 11, 2020 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

Harassment Policy

Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Policy / Expected Code of Conduct

ThrillerFest welcomes people from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, age or body type. As such, ThrillerFest prohibits discrimination and harassment based on these and all other factors.  We expect our members and attendees to follow a personal code of conduct that promotes these values.

We view harassment as inappropriate behavior that threatens, alarms, upsets or makes someone uncomfortable, or grossly rude behavior that does the same thing. Examples of such behavior may include, but are not limited to, verbal or written comments of a sexual or violent nature, unwanted attention, ethnic or racial slurs, following or stalking, and coercion of any kind.

This code of conduct applies to all aspects of ThrillerFest, such as registration, panels, meetings, book rooms, hospitality suites, websites, and social media accounts.  The code also applies to all official ThrillerFest events, such as receptions, breakfasts/lunches, ceremonies, auctions and book signings.

Any member or attendee asked to stop harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately.  If anyone feels harassed or discriminated against, they should immediately contact Kimberley Howe  (kimberleyhowe@thrillerwriters.org) at ThrillerFest, unless they feel the situation is of an urgent nature. In that instance, they should immediately contact a member of the hotel staff or the police.

ThrillerFest will address any behavior in violation of this policy as it deems appropriate. Potential remedies, outside of those provided by law, include temporary and/or permanent exclusion from ThrillerFest events, without refund, and/or expulsion from ITW membership.