Monday, December 19, 2016

Code of Conduct - Draft

Below is a draft for Lincoln Atheists Code of Conduct. We are looking for suggestions for the final draft. You can comment below.

Lincoln Atheists is committed to presenting an environment that is fun, friendly, and informative for all members and event participants.

This includes creating an atmosphere that is sex-positive 
and harassment-free. All members and event participants are required to adhere to our code of conduct for all Lincoln Atheists events and while interacting in Lincoln Atheists online spaces.
  • Lincoln Atheists does not tolerate harassment of or by members or event participants in any form. Prohibited conduct may include, but is not limited to, harassment related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Racist, sexist, classist, ableist, homophobic, or transphobic conduct will not be tolerated.
  • Lincoln Atheists recognizes that derision of religion, and religious ideology, can be quite common at its events and we welcome such discussions. However, the harassment of individuals for their religious beliefs will not be tolerated.
  • Lincoln Atheists understands that human interaction can be quite complex and confusing. Please give each other the benefit of explaining behavior you find offensive or unwelcome. However, participants asked to stop any prohibited conduct are expected to comply immediately.
  • Lincoln Atheists welcomes families with children and expects all event participants to treat these families with courtesy and respect. Parents or guardians bringing children are responsible for their children’s behavior. Parents or guardians should be aware not all Lincoln Atheists events may be suitable for children. An event that is deemed unsuitable for children will be indicated as so in the event description.
  • To ensure that all members of the atheist community are welcome at our events, Lincoln Atheists is consciously working to create a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community. Please listen to LGBTQ people’s needs and stories when they are volunteered; but please respect people’s privacy and boundaries and do not ask questions that you wouldn’t ask of anyone else. Do not make assumptions about other people’s gender identity or expression. Do respect and call people what they ask you to call them.
Failure to abide by our code of conduct will result in ejection from Lincoln Atheists event (without refund if there is a charge for event) at the sole discretion of event organizers. Repeat offenses will result in offending individual(s) being banned from all future Lincoln Atheists events.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer immediately. Event organizers will help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and participation at Lincoln Atheists events.