Copy of Corrective Actions Announcement

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Here at Dystopia Rising LLC, we are constantly working to improve our policies and procedures. For the last 4-6 months we have been working on an update to many of the manuals and guidelines that we provide your Directors to run their local branches. While much of this happens behind the scenes, some aspects are more public. Given some recent local branch issues, we’ve decided to roll this change out ahead of schedule.

As of December 1, 2017, the following policy replaces the current corrective action program. The updates will be reflected on the website in the next few days.

Previously issued bans may be reviewed, on a case by case basis, upon request of either the former player or local Directors. These requests should be submitted to the local Director and DR LLC via the feedback form located on the “Contact Us” page of www.dystopiarisinglarp.com. Failure to contact both will result in the dismissal of the request.

All local Directors are aware of this change. If you have any questions, please reach out to them directly.

Corrective Actions

A Corrective Action occurs when a player is in need of a reprimand for actions that are detrimental to the well-being or safety of the local community and/or the well-being and safety of the national neighborhood of communities. This can range in severity from a simple verbal reminder of how things should work all the way to removing a player from a game entirely.

The intention of a corrective action is always that the player understand how their actions were harmful to themselves, others or the community as a whole so that they can improve. Corrective actions are never intended as a punishment. Even if a person is no longer allowed at a branch it is with the sincere hopes that they find a constructive and positive outlet in a new community.    

To be clear, neither your local branch owners nor Dystopia Rising LLC. are making any calls on illegal actions other than our ability to refuse service based on those actions. If any illegal activity is uncovered, you are strongly advised to contact the proper authorities to deal with that situation. In extreme circumstances, it is within the rights of a branch owner to report illegal activity to the authorities.

All local branches are individual, stand-alone companies and are obligated to follow all local and state laws. The below process is written as guidelines for managing issues that arise in the community. This is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of potential offenses and the local Directors have the responsibility to manage corrective actions as appropriate for the offense.

Levels of Corrective Action

Below are the levels of corrective action that a player may receive. Please make sure that you are fully aware of what the consequences are of these corrective actions when speaking with your Director.

  • Warning

A Warning is a gentle reminder of how to act in regards to the community standards. It could be as simple as “Check your swings” or even “We don’t talk about that topic here.”

Everyone slips up and that is fine. Warnings should be taken as strong advice and actions adjusted accordingly.

These are issued by Marshals as well as Directors.

  • Violation

A Violation is much like a Warning but here it is clear that this was an improper action and not a misunderstanding. It could be a matter of intention, previously being informed and repeating the behavior, or how the severity of it affected the other party(s).

This is still a gentle reminder but should be accompanied with a full explanation of what happened, why it is an issue and asking for an assurance that it won’t happen again.

If a Marshal is given a Violation then they cannot be a Marshal for any event for the duration of that Violation, which is to be determined by the Director from the branch they received the Violation from. This is due to Marshals only being allowed to hold that position if they are in good standing in the network. This includes Marshals given Violations at events where they are not a Marshal.

These can be issued by Marshals as well as Directors.

  • Removal of Marshal or freelance Position

An action which is worthy of a violation or suspension also will result in that player being removed from the position of Marshal. A violation will remove the marshal for the duration of the violation. A suspension is a full removal of the Marshal title, though a player may re-request the position. Approval or denial is in the purview of the local Directors.

A Marshal is trusted to hand out certain corrective actions and be positive members of the community who represent the game's best intentions, and writers are trusted to know what a positive play space is and create it for the players. If a Marshal is seen by the community to not be trusted or represent the ideals we hold as a community then their dismissal from this position might be necessary.

 A freelancer, be it writer, crafter or other, must not be in bad standing with the network as a whole to do business. This means that someone should either have never attended an event (and therefore is not in good or bad standing) or is not currently under a corrective action.

This is given in conjunction with another corrective action.

  • Suspension

A Suspension is a player not being allowed to attend DR events, be they games or social events, for a period of time that can be durations of 3 Months, 6 Months or 1 year based on the severity of the offense.

Suspensions are not taken lightly. This action should be used if the player has exhibited a pattern of behavior that Warnings and Violations have not changed. It could also be used to demonstrate the severity of the offense.

The hope is always that this player will take this time and removal from events and officially run community functions to rethink the behaviors and actions they have taken so they can return as a better community member.

Suspensions can only be issued by Directors.

Suspensions are issued at a local level for a single branch only. If you receive a suspension you are required to contact the Directors of any other branches you wish to attend for the duration of the Suspension before attending, as it is in the local purview of the Directors if they wish to not uphold the suspension.

  • Indefinite Suspension

An Indefinite Suspension is much like a Suspension only it hinges on the player fulfilling some kind of condition before their return.

This might be an apology to the person they wronged, a conversation with the issuing Director demonstrating their understanding of the issue and a promise to not repeat it, the fulfillment of an agreed upon obligation or fulfilling a missed event payment.

This stipulation is not a punishment but a reasonable solution to a problem the player can work on.

Indefinite Suspensions can only be issued by Directors.

Suspensions are issued at a local level for your branch only. If you receive a suspension you are required to inform the Directors of any other branches you will be attending for the duration of the Suspension before attending.

  • Suspension Pending Investigation

This is to be given to a player who has been accused of something that if true would make them worthy of a Suspension, Indefinite Suspension or Refusal of Service.

This is to give the Director time to gather their facts, talk to all of the involved parties and make a decision while still removing a possible harmful or toxic player from an event in the meantime.

If it is seen that a player is withholding information in order to draw out the time the Suspended player is removed, they may be allowed back in play while still compiling evidence.

Suspensions Pending Investigation can only be issued by Directors.

Suspensions are issued at a local level for your branch only. If you receive a suspension you are required to inform the Directors of any other branches you will be attending for the duration of the Suspension before attending.

  • Refusal of Service

Any business has the right to refuse service to any customer as long as it is not because of discrimination of race, color, religion, national origin or disability.

If a Director decides to refuse you service be aware that while this is just for the one branch, any other branch may also reserve this right.

If you are refused service at any branch you are required to tell the Director of any other branch you may be attending of this seven days before attending the event via the email provided on a branches website.

A Refusal Of Service is issued at a local level for your branch only. If you receive a Refusal Of Service you are required to inform the Directors of any other branches you will be attending before the event.

What Justifies a Corrective Action

The following is a list of things that may be justifications for a corrective action. The context and severity should be taken into account with all of these on a case-by-case basis, but the below list is a general guideline for possible reasons for a corrective action. This is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of potential offenses and the local Directors have the responsibility to manage corrective actions as appropriate for the offense.

This list is in reference to out of character actions and intentions. While likely in character actions and intentions can be taken into account as they pertain to being used against people for out of character issues, the purpose for this list is for players and not characters.

  • Not complying with federal or state law.
  • Discrimination in the form of race, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Sexual misconduct including harassment and assault.
  • Threats that affect or are perceived to affect the safety, health, or well-being of another person at or pertaining to an event.
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon, concealed or unconcealed, at an event including social gatherings run by the franchiser. This includes all guns, explosives, or other devices which in the manner used or intended are capable of causing death or bodily injury.
  • Incompetence or negligence which leads to harm or harassment of another person or the community as a whole.
  • Possession of narcotics, alcoholic beverages or other unlawful drugs including smoking while under the legal age. This also includes attending game events and social events in which alcohol is not allowed, while under these effects, even if taken at an off-site location.
  • Dishonesty to a Marshal or Director about issues or while inquiring into a corrective action. This also includes misrepresenting yourself as operating in an official capacity.
  • Theft of any kind including the out of character theft of personal and game property.
  • Any Marshal, Writer or Director accepting anything of any perceived value for their influence or judgment.
  • Using one's position for personal gain including the use of confidential information received through one's position to obtain any favor, financial gain or social status.
  • Inappropriate handling or release of confidential or un-authorized documentation of IP material.
  • Repeated or purposeful missing of NPC, Clean Up or other community activities without a clearly communicated and approved reason.
  • Conviction of a felony.
  • Inappropriate use of language towards any Marshal, Owner, or Employee which impedes operations or interferes with the ability to maintain their function.
  • Failure to act safely or use safety equipment which can result in endangering self or others.

What Does Not Justify a Corrective Action

While the actions listed above are grounds for giving a corrective action, there are certain things that do not meet these criteria. While not limited to the below list these are some examples of actions that while troubling may not be used as grounds of removal or correction. This is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of potential offenses and the local Directors have the responsibility to manage corrective actions as appropriate for the offense.

  • Personal Dispute, related to past grudges, ending friendships or the general dislike of an individual.
  • Romantic Relationships, relating to the ending of a partnership and the feelings associated to this.

These above issues while not grounds for corrective action, may be grounds to request to not show up at events run by the owner in question or not be a Marshal or Writer. While we as a company don’t believe these are worthy of removal as a network, we also ask that all parties respect that these events are the workplace for the game runners and they are required to attend. If a personal relationship makes it as such that both parties cannot be at the same location and maintain a professional relationship then we ask that the worker’s desires are respected in order for them to complete their job to the best of their abilities.