Code of Conduct

Citizen Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct was created to clearly define what we mean by a harassment-free experience, so that our community and those who support it are clear about our intent and have access to procedures for addressing issues, should they arise.

1. Statement of Intent

SDTH values the safety and security of all of our members and, because of that, we will not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination. Our goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for our members, and to this end we have taken the following actions:

  • Provided a statement of intent and code of conduct for events and programs developed by SDTH (i.e. mentorship, resume reviews, offsite volunteering, interactions within our slack community)
  • Explicitly outlined and defined forms of harassment and discrimination
  • Clearly outlined the consequences for those who engage in harassing or discriminatory behavior
  • Provided a system for reporting any harassing or discriminatory behavior
  • Committed to a periodic review of the code of conduct

SDTH is an organization dedicated to inspiring people to excel in technology careers. We are committed to our mission statement and equally committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or socioeconomic status. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event or community participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled permanently, at the discretion of the event organizers, which in most cases are members of the SDTH leadership team.

2. Forms of Harassment and Discrimination

Forms of harassment include sexual language and imagery, sexist, racist, and exclusionary jokes, and acts that insult or belittle other event attendees in any way. These are unacceptable at any and all SDTH events.

Other forms of harassment and discriminatory behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status
  • sexual images in public spaces
  • deliberate intimidation
  • stalking / following
  • unwarranted photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of event programming
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to immediately comply and may be removed from the event without warning by any member of SDTH leadership. Participants are expected to comply with the SDTH Code of Conduct at all event venues.

3. Consequences for Harassment and Discrimination

If a participant engages in behavior which is harassing or discriminatory in any way, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate. These actions include, but are not limited to: issuing a warning or expulsion from all future SDTH events.

4. How to Report Harassment and Discrimination

If you experience or notice harassment, discrimination, or any of the unacceptable behaviors outlined herein at a SDTH event, or have any other concerns, please report the incident as soon as possible.

To report an incident, take one of the following actions:

  • inform the event organizer on site
  • inform another organizer in your network
  • report the incident to SDTH HQ by completing our incident report form

If you prefer anonymous reporting or would like for SDTH HQ to address the issue, please use the incident report form. If you choose to share your name on the form, it will only be seen by SDTH leadership involved with resolving the issue.

We encourage you to report any incident of harassment, discrimination, or unacceptable behavior as soon as possible. SDTH leadership will take all appropriate actions to mitigate risk factors moving forward and continue to provide a safe and secure environment for all SDTH members.

SDTH leadership is happy to assist attendees in contacting venue security, local law enforcement, or otherwise aid those experiencing harassment so that they feel safe for the duration of the event.

The SDTH leadership team will take great care to ensure that the assistance provided meets the needs of attendees who were affected.

5. Periodic Review

SDTH strives to create a positive and inclusive environment. As such, the leadership team commits to an annual review of the Code of Conduct to ensure that it continues to align with this goal and address the needs of our community. WWCode welcomes feedback from its members. All feedback should be submitted to HQ by emailing sdtechhubevents@gmail.com

6. Acknowledgments

We would like to thank Women Who Code for their excellent code of conduct, which we used as a guide for our own.

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