SSA Con Policies
To help make the SSA conference a great experience for everyone, please read and follow these policies and regulations for the event. Many of these are drawn from campus policy and could cause repercussions for our host group if they are violated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!
IF YOU EXPERIENCE AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1
1. Wear your given nametags at all times during the conference. This enables us to know who you are, if you belong here, and if photographs of you can be publicly posted. Note that a red lanyard means that the person wearing them has asked that their pictures not be used or posted online. Please respect these people's preferences and do not upload pictures of these individuals to the internet, Facebook, or other media.
2. Do not litter! There are plenty of trash cans and recycle bins around the building to dispose of unwanted stuff. Clean up after yourself in the classrooms.
3. No food is allowed in the conference rooms. Beverages are acceptable, but take care not to spill.
4. Keep extraneous noise to a minimum while the conference is in session. This means turning off your phones or setting them to silent. Remember, if you are using a computer or some other device during a session to make sure the sound is off on those as well.
5. Follow all laws and policies regarding tobacco, alcohol and other substances. While some of us may not agree with the law, we must respect it so that we can continue to hold this awesome conference every year.
6. The SSA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for every one; regardless of race, color, national origin, age, creed, worldview, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. For more details on this policy, see below.
7. If you choose to form a physical relationship with a fellow attendee, please keep in mind that such relationships should always be safe, consensual, and legal.
- Safe: Use appropriate protection in order to minimize the risk of STDs and unwanted pregnancy. There are many convenience stores on and around campus that provide protection options (including Plan B). More information can be found here.
- Consensual: Obtain affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement from all parties before engaging in sexual activity. Passive consent, silence, and intoxicated consent are NOT consent! What does consent look like?
- Legal: Because SSA Con may have attendees under 18, please keep in mind the age of consent of the state you are in. (In Ohio, the age of consent is 16.)
8. Treat all attendees, speakers, and exhibitors with respect.
9. If you are staying in the dorms, please read and follow all dorm policies (provided with registration). This specifically includes the following:
- No alcohol is permitted anywhere on campus, including in the dorms.
- Do not allow anyone not registered for your room to stay in your room, both for safety reasons and to avoid intruding on your roommates.
- If you need to change rooms or roommates, please contact an SSA staffer for assistance. Do not swap rooms without SSA staff authorization.
10. We reserve the right to ask you to leave the conference if you are behaving - in technical terms - like a jerk.
Your cooperation in following these guidelines will ensure that our conference is awesome for everyone and that we can continue to host the conference on this campus every year.
Making the Secular Student Alliance Conference Welcoming to Everyone
Everyone at the Secular Student Alliance is committed to making our conference a welcoming place for all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, creed, worldview, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We want to make sure that all attendees feel safe throughout the event.
SSA Con is a LGBTQ friendly event. Several restrooms in the venue are gender-inclusive (on the first and third floors); we encourage our attendees to use any restroom that they are most comfortable in. In any restrooms, many transgender people face harassment that can lead to discomfort, arrest, and violence. Such conduct is unacceptable at SSA Con, and we aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for all secular students, including students and allies in the trans* community.
Please listen to trans* people’s needs and stories when they are volunteered; but please respect people’s privacy and boundaries and do not ask questions that you wouldn’t ask of anyone else. Do not make assumptions about other people’s gender identity or expression. Please ask which pronouns a person prefers; respect and call people what they ask you to call them.
We will take any reports of harassment or other inappropriate activity seriously. We consider harassment to be continued unwanted behavior directed toward another person. We hope it is obvious that you should not disparage your fellow conference goers on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, creed, worldview, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We further hope it is obvious that you should not make uninvited sexual comments toward anyone. If someone asks you to leave them alone or to otherwise stop a behavior that is directed toward them, comply with that person's wishes immediately.
If you are being harassed, please contact an SSA staff member or volunteer. If you notice someone else is being harassed, or just seems uncomfortable, feel free to bring it to the attention of an SSA staff member or volunteer. If you are worried about your physical safety, exit the situation as soon as possible and call 911. Please let SSA staff know what happened once you are safe.
All incidents of violence, physical intimidation, and unwanted intentional physical contact will result in immediate expulsion from the SSA Conference. People who harass others or cause multiple complaints of disrespectful behavior may be required to leave. SSA staff members are happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe at our conference.
SSA staff or volunteers can be found at the SSA table during the hours of scheduled events for the conference.
In addition to communicating with SSA staff and volunteers, please look out for each other. Don't leave people alone with others who are clearly bothering them. Make sure you are setting a good example.
In addition to the general comment feedback forms, we will provide a comment box on the registration table. Please feel free to leave any comments there. Please be aware that we will not be reviewing those comments until after the conference.
Let’s make the SSA Conference fun for everyone!