North End Makers is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.
This code of conduct applies to all North End Makers spaces, including in the makerspace, at NEM events, and in our Discord server, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Complaints Committee.
Some North End Makers spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.
- Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
- Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
- Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
- Threats of violence.
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
- Deliberate intimidation.
- Stalking or following.
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
- Sustained disruption of discussion.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
- Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
- Publication of non-harassing private communication.
- North End Makers prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Our Complaints Committee reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:
- ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’.
- Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
- Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial.
- Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions.
If you are being harassed by a member of North End Makers, notice that someone else is being harassed, notice anyone being unsafe, or have any other concerns, please contact:
Complaints Committee at email@example.com
If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.
This code of conduct applies to North End Makers spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of North End Makers outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by North End Makers members, especially our Directors and Volunteers, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from North End Makers based on their past behavior, including behavior outside the North End Makerspace and behavior towards people who are not in North End Makers.
In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.
We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of North End Makers members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.
A person asked to stop any harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, the Complaints Committee may immediately ban the person from the North End Makerspace premises and systems. This ban will be in effect until the next scheduled Board Meeting, or a special Board meeting addressing the incident. The Board of Directors will determine the final length of the expulsion upon consulting with the Complaints Committee and reviewing the information provided. Harassment victims will not be required to attend this meeting and will not be named without their affirmative consent.
People expelled from North End Makerspace by the Board of Directors may be named on our Discord server, or our wiki, which is publicly available. Additionally, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, we may privately warn third parties (such as conventions, events and other makerspaces) about the person, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of North End Makerspace members or the general public.
The Complaints Committee will generate a synopsis of actions taken, to be included in the public minutes of each regularly scheduled board meeting. At the team’s discretion, they may post a public announcement on the forums when taking an enforcement action. The report and/or announcements will typically be brief and factual, with no extraneous material.
If deemed appropriate, the team may choose to identify the offender by name in these reports. Harassment victims will not be named without their affirmative consent.
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.