GCUC is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religious affiliation. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Event participants violating these rules may face consequences including, but not limited to, expulsion from the event without a refund. By attending this event, you are agreeing to abide by these guidelines.
We expect our community to help us realize a safe and positive experience for everyone. Your attendance is important to us.
As language is both a reflection of and a contributor towards culture, we do ask that all participants use language that demonstrates the best aspects of coworking culture and avoid language that could alienate or disparage others. This means we ask that you follow these guidelines for what constitutes disrespectful language.
There is no place at this event for language that is openly or casually degrading to a person or group. Any words or phrases, no matter how seemingly innocuous, that perpetuate negative stereotypes and communicate exclusion are not allowed. Some of these can be subtle and said without any ill-will, which is why we encourage participants to examine their own language and use this guide as an opportunity for learning. For some examples of language that we are trying to avoid, please see below.
Racism is deeply rooted across societies globally, exists among all social classes, and is connected to a long history of violence, oppression, and domination. Addressing individuals or a group of people in a diminutive, derogative, or malicious way based on their (assumed) race and ethnic background is racist, disrespectful, and harmful. We do not tolerate any racist behavior, slurs, statements, or jokes.
Words like “crazy,” “dumb,” “insane,” or “lame” are examples of language that devalues people who have physical or mental disabilities. Many people use these words not because they seek to be hurtful, but because they are attempting to describe something they perceive to be outside of the norm, which reinforces harmful stereotypes and impacts real people. Instead, try to broaden your vocabulary and find ways to express yourself that are more appropriate, inclusive, and elegant.
We advise avoiding gendered pronouns as well as any gendered terms. Everyone is expected to respect each other’s chosen pronouns. Try to avoid using words like “dude” or “guys” to address groups. This shorthand contributes to linguistic barriers that drive exclusion and create an unwelcoming environment.
WHAT CONSTITUTES HARASSMENT
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal comments that reinforce discrimination based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
- Sexually-charged jokes, images, statements, or comments.
- Unwelcome sexual attention or invasion of personal space.
- Inappropriate physical contact.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwanted following.
- Harassing photography, video or audio recording.
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
These behaviors are not conducive to a welcoming environment and are therefore prohibited from this event.
If any participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take action in order to maintain a welcoming environment for other participants. This includes warnings, expulsion from the conference without a refund, or other measures deemed appropriate. Event organizers are authorized to address anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities, and we encourage participants to follow these guidelines outside of event-sanctioned activities.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, we encourage you to report it as soon as possible. Event staff will be identifiable by their attire or badges, and they will be instructed on how to respond to harassment. All claims are taken seriously and will be handled by event organizers or dedicated staff. You can make a report either personally or anonymously, both detailed below.
GCUC has set up an online form to report harassment HERE. We will fully investigate and act on information we receive through anonymous reporting.
You can make a personal report by:
Contacting a GCUC staff member (identified by their badge) or
Emailing us: [email protected]
When taking a personal report, our staff will discuss your issue privately and securely. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. At this point, we will ask you to review the details of the harassment. This can be a difficult process, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you are welcome to bring someone with you for support. We want you to feel safe and comfortable. We will never ask you to confront someone, and we will not relay your name or information to the accused. Our team can put you in touch with security, law enforcement, or any other local services you request.
IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS
Medical Emergency: 911
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify staff or an event organizer with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with GCUCs existing governance policies.
This Code of Conduct was adapted from CSSconf EU, Berlin Code of Conduct, co.up, JSConf AU, The Geek Feminism wiki, Valerie Aurora, and the Conference Code of Conduct.
GCUC PHOTO POLICY
By purchasing a ticket or participating in CAMP GCUC and / or GCUC you agree that:
(a) GCUC Global, and any authorized event sponsors are permitted to photograph, video, and sound record you and utilize your voice, image and likeness, in whole or in part, in any media whatsoever, in any manner;
(b) you will not use content that you capture at CAMP GCUC or GCUC (including but not limited to photos, video and/or audio) (collectively, the “Captured Content”) for commercial purposes without the prior written consent of GCUC Global;
(c) you will not use Captured Content to imply any endorsement or sponsorship of your business, services and/or products by GCUC Global;
(d) you are responsible for obtaining all consents, approvals, and releases necessary from any third-party for your use of the Captured Content (including any individuals, trademark owners, etc. appearing in the Captured Content);
(e) Captured Content may not be licensed to a third-party for any purposes without the prior written approval of GCUC Global; and
(f) you grant to GCUC Global a non-exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to all copyrights associated with the Captured Content.