Code of Conduct

As at 10 May 2022
Introduction

This code of was inspired by Ally Skills, Geek Feminism Wiki and WWGSD. The purpose of this code of conduct is to provide a guideline on how to act within the Multitudes’ Community groups. The goal is to provide a safe, inclusive, and harassment free community where everyone has psychological safety regardless of their background. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form and any acts in breach of this code will result in the removal from this community group.

Code of Conduct

This code applies to all Multitudes spaces, including; the Multitudes Community slack channel, and future Multitudes webinars and community events. Any violation of this code may result in the individual or party being sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Multitudes team.

Definitions

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, migrant status, 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 or forwardness, 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.

Multitudes prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The Multitudes team 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
Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of the communities and events for everyone.. We want you to feel valued and respected when interacting with Multitudes and our community You can make a report in person or anonymously.

If you are being harassed by a member of the Multitudes community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can report in one of two ways:

  1. Fill out the form here - please use this option if you would like to report anonymously
  2. Contact the Multitudes team at support@multitudes.co

We will respond as promptly as we can. For anonymous reports, we can’t follow up with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence. If the person who is harassing you is on the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident.

This code of conduct applies to Multitudes spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Multitudes community outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Multitudes community members, especially the leadership team, 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 Multitudes based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Multitudes spaces and behavior towards people who are not affiliated with Multitudes.

In order to protect our team 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 Multitudes community members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

    If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Multitudes team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Multitudes  spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Multitudes members or the general public.

    Resources

    US resources

    Call these numbers for support in the United States of America:

    New Zealand Resources

    Call these numbers for support in New Zealand:

    • Police / Emergency services: Call 111
    • Healthline: 0800 611 116 (support from registered nurses)
    • Rape Crisis: 0800 88 33 00 (support after rape or sexual assault)
    • Mental health helpline: 1737 (support from trained mental health professionals)

    All of these numbers are free to call from a New Zealand phone.

    Australian Resources

    Call these numbers for support in Australia:

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