Code of Conduct & Principles Office


This code of conduct outlines the expectations for participant behavior at Midwest Burner Events.

Midwest Burners, Interfuse, HullabalU, HearthsOPhyre & This Event is Cancelled (TEIC) expect attendees and volunteers to create and maintain a space that is welcoming for all ticketed 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 this community and event is open to all ticketed attendees; however, 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 behavior 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 at a Midwest Burner event.
  • Be considerate and respectful of fellow participants and the community around the event.
  • Refrain from non-consensual demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participant’s safety.

Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • Predatory behavior, 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 Midwest Burner or event location 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 behavior:

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

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

If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviors, 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 behavior 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.

Midwest Burners or individuals may pursue potential legal action.

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

If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, 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 behavior 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, Principles Office volunteer, Event Coordinator, Lead volunteer (Sanctuary, Medic), or Midwest Burner Board Member; these individuals are prepared to assist participants and listen to your concerns. All reports will remain confidential unless MWB Board determines the community needs to be made aware of the situation.
  • If you would like to call in law enforcement or need professional medical treatment, the event coordinators will support you taking that action.

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

MWB Principles Office

Midwest Burners Principles Office

Department Overview

The Principles Office was created to define a process for reporting and responding to situations that threaten the safety of our community and its members.  While the main reasoning behind its creation is to address situation of consent violation, the department will assist in other situations that threaten the safety of our community and its members.

The primary objective of The Principles Office is to provide a known, safe, and transparent process for the reporting of a violation.  The reporter will be respected, heard, protected, and provided access to Law Enforcement (if needed).  If aid from Law Enforcement is not desired, the reporter will document their experience and the Principles Office will begin an investigation to collect evidence, speak to witnesses, etc.  The Principles Office will strive to develop enough of an understanding of the situation so that we can make a decision as to how to properly handle the problem.  Possible actions include (but are not limited to):  no action, warnings, forced separation, expulsion from the event, expulsion from all community events.  The department will also provide a process to review and reassess all previous decisions.

As a secondary objective, the Principles Office will assist the community in education and participation regarding the Ten Principles.  While we won’t hold seminars or events ourselves, we plan on working with theme camps, artists, and individuals to sanction specific events, presentations, or discussions that we feel promote a healthy and safe community environment.

It is important to note what this department is not:  we are not the police, and we are not the police for the community.  At all Midwest Burners events, participants are responsible for their own behavior and resolving their own issues (self-reliance).  The Principles Office strongly suggests behaving in a manner that does not make other participants feel unsafe or threatened.  Midwest Burners will not condone any behavior that endangers its ability to hold future events.

For information on how the reporting & investigation process works for the Principles Office, please click on the link below: