SOCIETY OF EDMONTON ATHEISTS
RULES: CODE OF CONDUCT
Approved 8 July 2013
These Rules are passed by the Society of Edmonton Atheists (SEA) Board pursuant to By-law 22.
SEA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We expect participants to follow this code of conduct at all SEA organized meetings or events, and on all committees, project groups, and working groups (together “SEA events”).
1. Participants must deal with each other in an open, honest and respectful fashion, and are responsible for informing others of actions or statements that make them uncomfortable.
2. Conflict shall be dealt with in a rational, timely manner.
3. We have many different folks attending SEA events: sexualities, genders, races, ethnicities, abilities, beliefs—these are just a few. Blatant instances of racism, sexism, homophobia, or other stereotyping and harmful behaviors should be reported to organizers immediately.
4. The SEA welcomes families with children and expects all attendees to treat these families with courtesy and respect. Parents or guardians bringing children are responsible for the children’s behavior and are expected to remove disruptive children from event. Parents or guardians should be aware that not all language may be suitable for children.
5. Yes means yes; no means no; and maybe means no. Please take no for an answer for any request or activity. You are encouraged to ask for unequivocal consent for all activities during an SEA event. There are folks who do not like to be touched and will respect and like you more if you respect their personal space.
6. SEA does not tolerate harassment of or by event participants, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, or staff in any form. Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size or race; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual advances.
7. The SEA does not tolerate disruption of talks or other events.
8. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Anyone violating this policy may be sanctioned or expelled from the event (without a refund) at the discretion of the organizers, and may be removed from the SEA by the Board of Directors, per By-law 8.4.
9. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer or Board of Directors member immediately.