Harrasment Policy


It is the policy of the United Kingdom’s Association of Professional Piercers (UKAPP) that all conference volunteers and attendees are responsible for ensuring that the conference is free from bullying and sexual harassment.

Because the UKAPP strongly forbids inappropriate sexual behavior at conference, all attendees and volunteers must avoid any action or conduct which could be viewed as sexual harassment.  


Sexual harassment includes:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexually harassing nature, when:

(1) submission to the harassment is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of any conference benefit or privilege;

(2) submission to or rejection of the harassment is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual; or

(3) the harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.


Any volunteer or attendee who has a complaint of sexual harassment at conference by anyone, including Officers, Board Members, instructors, committee members, vendors, attendees, volunteers, or other UKAPP associates should immediately bring the matter to the attention of an UKAPP Officer or Board Member.


In the event of any bodily threat or injury, immediately call 999 and notify hotel security.


When a conference or UKAPP representative knows of an incident or of a sexual harassment offence, they shall immediately notify a Board Member or Officer and take appropriate remedial action. If the alleged harassment involves any types of threats of physical harm to the victim, the alleged harasser may be suspended from their duties during an immediate investigation conducted by the UKAPP. The investigation may comprise members of the Oversight Committee, Conference Committee, Officers, Board of Directors, hotel security and/or law enforcement.

If the investigation supports accusations of sexual harassment, disciplinary action against the alleged harasser may take place that could include immediate, temporary, or permanent termination of current and/or future duties and conference privileges.

The United Kingdom’s Association of Professional Piercers