We want everyone to feel safe and welcome at Refresh Pittsburgh. To that end, we expect all Refresh Pittsburgh attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers to agree with the following code of conduct:
The Simple, Non-Formal Version:
Refresh Pittsburgh is not just a monthly event. We are also a community. Many of our members have been attending our events for years and many of us are good friends who work together, collaborate together and generally support one another in our web design & development efforts. We want everyone to feel welcome at our events and to never feel out of place or uncomfortable.
This COC has a lot of legal-sounding stuff in it, but what is most important is this: everyone is welcome at Refresh Pittsburgh events and no one should feel out of place at all. The Pittsburgh Web Community is filled with so many awesome and nice people, we hope you feel the same way and get as much out of our events that we do.
Finally: If someone at our events is acting like a jerk – or worse – we will not hesitate to throw them out or take further steps needed.
The Short Version:
Refresh Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks, parties, or social media. Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.
The Long Version:
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in any of the aforementioned behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, from warning the offender to immediately expelling the offender from the event with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact G. Jason Head or Patrick Fulton immediately. One of us – or both – are at nearly every event. All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence.
Refresh Pittsburgh staff will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
If you have any questions about this code of conduct or how we run our events, contact Jason: firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.