DemoCamp Lansing & Lansing Codes Code of Conduct

Revised January 8, 2019

Purpose

A primary goal of Demo Camp and all Lansing Codes events is to encourage people in Mid-Michigan to share their ideas and enthusiasm for all things tech.

As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion or lack thereof.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

The Code of Conduct pertains to all those who participate in our community online, at events, and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of teamwork. Community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

We invite all those who participate in Lansing Codes events to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Welcoming Environment

We encourage community participants to create an open and welcoming environment by recognizing the relationship between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist, and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

Expected Behavior

  • Participate in a supporting and active way: In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community. For example, applaud for presenters!
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict. Assume that everyone is trying their best.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert an event, Meetup, or Slack organizer if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior

If you are unsure if something is appropriate behavior, it probably isn’t. Each person you interact with can define where that line is for them and it is your responsibility to respect that line.

Impact matters more than intent. Ensuring that your behavior does not have a negative impact is your responsibility. Problems arise when we assume that our way of thinking or behaving is the norm or okay for everyone. This is particularly problematic when we are in a position of power or privilege.

Here are a few examples of unacceptable behavior:

  • Negative or offensive remarks related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental health condition, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, clothing, race, or religion. Calling attention to differences can feel alienating.
  • Touching people without their affirmative consent.
  • Sustained and negative disruption of meetings or talks.
  • Patronizing, passive-aggressive, intimidating, condescending, or sarcastic language or behavior.
  • Aggressive and micro-aggressive behavior, such as unconstructive criticism, providing corrections that do not improve the conversation (sometimes referred to as “well, actually”s), repeatedly interrupting or talking over someone else, feigning surprise at someone’s lack of knowledge or awareness about a topic, or subtle prejudice, for example, comments like “That’s so easy my grandmother could do it.”
  • Referring to people in a way that misidentifies their gender and/or rejects the validity of their gender identity; for instance, by using incorrect pronouns or forms of address (misgendering).
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images or language in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community or event.

When unacceptable behavior is reported, the Lansing DemoCamp or Lansing Codes team will take action and clearly communicate a first and last warning to the person who engaged in the unacceptable behavior. If any further breaches of our Code of Conduct are reported, the person will be removed from the event or platform immediately, without any other warning.

If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify an organizer as soon as possible in person, via Slack or by emailing the organizers (nick@theflexgroup.org or jillianwinn@gmail.com)

Additionally, Lansing Codes and Lansing DemoCamp organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Scope

We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues — online and in-person — as well as in all one-on-one communications during all activities related to Lansing Codes events.

Credits

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license and is based on the Rails Girls Summer of Code Code of Conduct.