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Code of Conduct


This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the Uplifters community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a welcoming, inspiring & empowering community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honored. This code of conduct applies to any of our sponsored spaces and our code applies equally to employees, sponsors, vendors, members, and guests regardless of their knowledge of the code (Ignorantia juris non excusat). Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be ejected from events, counseled or banned from the community.

Our community strives to:

Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Be careful in the words that we choose: we are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.

Try to understand why we disagree: Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
Definitions

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Threats of violence, both physical and psychological. If you believe anyone is in physical danger, please notify appropriate law enforcement first.
  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuroatypicable (conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc), physical appearance, body size, race, age, regional discrimination, political or religious affiliation
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming or persistently using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person’s gender identity. You must address people by the name they give you when not addressing them by their username or handle
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect others from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication
  • Abusive or intimidating language, tone or volume.
Our community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. We will not act on complaints regarding:
  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you”
  • Refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. WE WILL FAIL AT TIMES, however we seek to treat everyone both as fairly and equally as possible. Whenever a member of our community has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.

Confidentiality

We know that confidentiality is the key to building an environment where people feel safe to be vulnerable. Members shall not share intimate stories or details regarding other people without their explicit permission.

Appropriate & Inappropriate Gossip

Gossip is casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people. As we’re close knit it’s natural to talk compassionately about other members. Use the following rule of thumb as your guide, if you would not share the information about someone if they were standing beside you, don’t share it.

Solicitation

Uplifters prohibits solicitation from participants, sponsors or vendors without prior approval from the Board of Directors or Peter Montoya.

Illegal Activity

Uplifters abides by all local, state, and federal laws and reserves the right to notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities of any potential violations of law.

Weapons Policy

No weapons will be allowed at Uplifters events, community spaces, or in other spaces covered by the scope of this Code of Conduct. Weapons include but are not limited to guns, explosives (including fireworks), and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon. Community members are further expected to comply with all state and local laws.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting us via Peter Montoya. All reports will be handled with discretion. Any incidents which may rise have broken local, state or Federal laws will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies regardless of the role of the person in question. In your report please include:
  • Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you if we need to follow up)
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there were other witnesses besides you, please try to include them as well.
  • When and where the incident occurred. Please be as specific as possible.
  • Your account of what occurred. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger) please include a link.
  • Any extra context you believe existed for the incident.
  • If you believe this incident is ongoing.
  • Any other information you believe we should have.
After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally, review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response community, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. If the complaint originates from a member of the response team, it will be handled by a different member of the response team. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. Responses may include:
  • Nothing (if we determine no violation occurred).
  • A private reprimand from the working group to the individual(s) involved.
  • A public reprimand.
  • An imposed vacation (i.e. asking someone to "take a week off").
  • A permanent or temporary ban from some or community spaces
  • Counseling
  • A request for a public or private apology.
We'll respond within one week to the person who filed the report with either a resolution or an explanation of why the situation is not yet resolved. Once we've determined our final action, we'll contact the original reporter to let them know what action (if any) we'll be taking. We'll take into account feedback from the reporter on the appropriateness of our response, but we don't guarantee we'll act on it.

Appealing

Only permanent resolutions (such as bans) may be appealed. To appeal a decision of the working group, contact Peter Montoya at PeterMontoya@PeterMontoya.com with your appeal and we will review the case.