Code of Conduct
Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy
Open San Diego is committed to encouraging diverse membership, fair and welcoming community and activity standards and an environment free of discrimination and harassment.
As a result, Open San Diego strives to uphold the following standards at all Open San Diego activities and events and expects the same of its members and attendees:
Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy Comments and Considerations
These policies are based, in part, on the Code for Philly Code of Conduct, and the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.They are also based on several other policies, including the Ohio LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the policies and added supporting material; and the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.
All Open San Diego events and their volunteers, staff, presenters, and participants are held to the anti-harassment policy. In addition to governing our own events by this policy, Open San Diego will only lend our brand and fund groups that offer an anti-harassment policy to their attendees.
Open San Diego is dedicated 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 religion. We do not tolerate harassment of staff, presenters, and participants in any form. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from Open San Diego events and network activities.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
If you cannot reach an event organizer and/or it is an emergency, please call 911 and/or remove yourself from the situation.
You can also contact Open San Diego about harassment at firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to use the email template below.
Open San Diego staff acknowledge that we are not always in a position to evaluate a given situation due to the number of events and the fact that our team is not always present. However, we are hopeful that by providing these guidelines we are establishing a community that jointly adheres to these values and can provide an environment that is welcoming to all.
We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these expectations widely we can all enjoy a harassment-free environment.
Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting
SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]
I am writing because of harassment at a Open San Diego Communities event, (NAME, PLACE, DATE OF EVENT).
You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.