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New England Science Fiction Association

Policies

Boskone takes the issue of member conduct seriously. If you have questions, please be sure to read our Code of Conduct for more information.

Boskone Code of Conduct

Be respectful and courteous toward others. We expect you to understand that even though this is an online convention, “no” means no. Harassment of any kind, from intimidation to verbal abuse to illegal behavior will not be tolerated. This policy applies to your interactions with everybody. We also expect you to refrain from illegal, destructive, and hazardous conduct.

Violation of this policy can result in action by the con committee ranging from warnings, to having your membership revoked with no refund, to permanent banning. Action by the convention in no way precludes the injured individual from pursuing whatever remedies, civil or criminal, as they see fit.

If you feel you are being harassed, please let the Con Chair or a NESFA Officer know. If necessary, please ask a Committee member to find one of those people for you. You will be treated with respect and your concerns will be taken seriously. All names involved will be kept confidential to the extent possible, but any accused person has the right to know enough details to be able to defend himself, herself or themself.

Please note that other behaviors, including but not limited to destruction of the virtual con space, can also result in the actions described above.

Boskone is a members only event and the con committee reserves the right to determine who may be a member.

Weapons Policy: While virtual weapons do exist, we expect you to refrain from illegal, destructive, and hazardous conduct that harm others.

Please direct questions to the Boskone Chairs’ List at chair@boskone.org and incidents to the NESFA eBoard at President@nesfa.org.

Accessibility at Boskone

Boskone is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all of our members. We value our members with visible and invisible disabilities, and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance when possible.

Virtual Boskone 58 will include*:

  • AI captioning for most programming, including panels, presentations, and discussion groups
  • Recordings for most of our panels and presentations with closed-captioning
  • Audio-only engagement
  • Low-sensory virtual spaces
  • Social opportunities that do not require cameras, microphones, or speakers
  • Accessibility best practice documentation shared with presenters
  • Intentionally planned breaks

*including but not limited to as we continue to evaluate access needs

Please contact us at access@boskone.org with questions. We will work with you to the best of our ability to make the conference accessible.

Boskone Press Policy

Members of the press are welcome to attend Boskone and we look forward to hearing that you are planning to attend. In addition, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have about Boskone, the program, and our participants.

All we ask is that members of the press are respectful of other members who are attending Boskone. Please register as normal to attend the convention. Then, once your piece is published in a news outlet, please contact us within 90 days of the convention with either a copy or the URL of the article about Boskone, and we will issue a refund for your membership.

We are happy to answer any additional question that you may have about covering Boskone or interviewing our program participants. Please contact us at marketing@boskone.org.