Code of Conduct

League of Extraordinary Albertans Code of Conduct

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behaviour at all LEA events and initiatives, as well as in the year round Burning Man community that exists beyond these events.

The League of Extraordinary Albertans Society (LEA) expects attendees and volunteers participating in their events and initiative to create and maintain a space that is welcoming for all other attendees. We do not discriminate on gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, or religion.

We are guided by the Burning Man 10 Principles. When in conflict with other participants, we use FLAME: Find out, Listen, Analyze, Mediate, Explain.

Participation in LEA events or initiatives is open to any interested party, but participation is a privilege. Continued attendance can be revoked if a participant fails to respect other attendees or behaves in a way that endangers themselves, the event, or the broader community.

Expected behaviour includes, but is not limited to:

  • Consent has the support of our whole community. You are obligated to get someone’s consent in a sexual context, in a situation involving video or photography, or in any situation affecting the experience of another person.
  • Be considerate and respectful of fellow participants and the community around the event.
  • Refrain from non-consensual demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participant’s safety.

Unacceptable behaviour includes but is not limited to:

  • Predatory behaviour, defined as any unwanted and nonconsensual form of the following: intimidation, harassment, stalking, verbal or physical abuse, violence against people or other’s property.
  • Non-consensual physical contact, including unwelcome sexual interaction.
  • Abuse or neglect of LEA or venue property, physical or otherwise, such as vandalism, theft of event property, abusing the ticketing process, or impersonating a lead or event organizers.
  • Disrespecting the community surrounding the event such as dumping trash in local dumpsters, trespassing, or repeated violations of the event’s sound ordinance.
  • Wanton, flagrant, or repeated disregard for one’s own safety or well-being in a manner that demands the intervention of other participants, community members, volunteers or outside agencies, such as intervention by local law enforcement or fire department staff.
  • Repeated or egregious violations of any and all policies put in effect by event organizers.

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour:

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes expressions of this behaviour at the event as well as pre- or post-event via phone, social media, or face-to-face communication.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviours, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate to ensure the safety of the event and its participants. This action may include expulsion from the event without refund, revoking tickets, or removing a volunteer from their shift.

If a participant’s behaviour is found to be predatory, an expulsion for the present or following years may be instituted. There may be an opportunity to appeal and show progress towards resolution of these issues after the following year’s event.

The LEA or individuals may pursue potential legal action.

What to do if you witness or are subjected to unacceptable behaviour:

If you are subjected to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subjected to it, or have any other concerns:

  • First, speak up. Ask the person to stop. Say no.  
  • If you feel unsafe, leave the situation.  
  • If you feel uncomfortable but the person’s behaviour does not cross a line, step away from the situation.
  • If you need help, ask for it. If someone asks you for help, do your best to help or find someone who can.
  • Report your concerns to a Ranger, initiative Producer, or LEA Board Member; these individuals are prepared to assist participants and listen to your concerns. All reports will remain confidential.  
  • If you would like to call in law enforcement or need professional medical treatment, the LEA will support you taking that action.

We thank you in advance for your adherence to this code of conduct. Together we can create an event and community that is welcoming for all participants.