All community participants – including members, guests of members, staff, volunteers, event hosts, sponsors, presenters, exhibitors and attendees – are expected to abide by this code of conduct.
By becoming a member of TMAC, attending or hosting any event here, or joining our Slack team, you agree to abide by this code of conduct, and cooperate with organizers who enforce it.
We insist that everyone who uses this community space remains mindful of, and takes responsibility for, their speech and behaviour. This includes:
- Always acting out of respect and concern for the wellbeing and free expression of others
- Actively listening to others and not dominating discussions
- Respecting physical and emotional boundaries
- Not making assumptions about identity, experiences, or preferred pronouns
- Not using words that are racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, transphobic, cissexist or ableist
- Humbly accepting respectful correction (or correcting yourself), keeping in mind that the impact of your words on other people is more important than your intent
We believe that failing to address dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege alienates and further victimizes members of a community and prevents us from creating the safe, equitable and welcoming space we want.
We do not tolerate oppressive behaviour, harassment, destructive behaviour, or exclusionary actions.
Oppressive behaviour: any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of identity, background, or ability.
Harassment: deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; disruption of events; aggressive, derogatory, or threatening comments; and unwanted physical contact or sexual attention.
Destructive behaviour: damaging or altering any part of the building, inside or out, including furniture, equipment, or other people's belongings.
Exclusionary actions: denying certain participants opportunities to share views, skills and other contributions; engaging in favouritism; and creating or reinforcing an inequitable learning environment.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
Anyone who engages in sustained unacceptable behaviour may be sanctioned or permanently expelled from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).
What to do if you need help
If you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour, or experience marginalizing or silencing behaviour that limits your full participation, please speak with the host of the event you are attending, a TMAC staff member or volunteer. You can also report an incident to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your conversation will be held in confidence.
When you come to us with a problem during an event, it is our top priority to help you feel safe as quickly as possible. Next, a small group of community organizers and members will meet to decide what our response will be in accordance with our written conflict resolution and equity policies. Then, we will warn or remove the offender depending on the circumstances, taking your and the community's safety and wishes into account. If the problem does not impact your human rights or safety, we may ask the involved parties to leave the event and schedule a time to engage in negotiation and mediation at a later date.
Community organizers are available to help you engage with local law enforcement (solely at your request).