Code of Conduct

This policy is a "living" document, and subject to refinement and expansion in the future. Last updated June 19, 2018.


Everyone participating in the Columbus Product Club community—including, but not limited to the lift conference—is required to agree to the following Code of Conduct. This includes all attendees, speakers, performers, patrons (sponsors), volunteers, and staff.


Columbus Product Club is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.


Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Columbus Product Club organizers.

Definitions

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop
  • Threats of violence
  • 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
  • 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 other Columbus Product Club community members or other vulnerable people from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication without consent by the involved parties

Columbus Product Club prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Columbus Product Club reserves the right not to 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.”
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Consequences

If you are being harassed by a member of the Columbus Product Club community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us immediately via email at buchanbj@gmail.com.

Thanks

This policy was based on resources provided by Geek Feminism, and borrows heavily from similar open source policies authored by JSConf AU and Django.


Thank you also to Ashe Dryden and Karolina Szczur for their advice and support.


This policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license and is available on GitHub. We encourage other events to adopt (and enforce) similar policies by using and remixing ours.Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.