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Code of Conduct

SecKC Code of Conduct

  • SecKC will not tolerate harassment.

  • Anyone can report harassment by SecKC participants to a SecKC volunteer wearing a yellow badge.

  • SecKC participants who choose not to stop harassing behavior will be asked to leave physical and digital events.

 

Statement of applicability

SecKC welcomes and encourages a culture built on a diversity of viewpoints; it is how we grow and thrive. SecKC expects an atmosphere where everyone is approachable and skepticism is encouraged. This Code of Conduct is one of the ways we support and protect our values and it applies to everyone participating in SecKC activities. Ultimately, If someone tells you your conduct is inappropriate or unwelcome, you are behaving in a way is not compatible with this Code of Conduct.

Harassment

“Harassment” includes deliberate intimidation and targeting of individuals or groups in a manner that makes them feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or afraid. Harassment can take the form of unwelcome contact in-person, online, or some combination of the two. Harassment may or may not be sexual in nature.

 

“I know it when I see it.” --Justice Potter Stewart

Who are SecKC participants?

“Participants” include meeting attendees, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and venue employees. If they’re in the building during a meeting, on the SecKC Slack, or using the #SecKC hashtag, they’re a participant.

Compliance

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. SecKC reserves the right to respond to harassment in the manner deemed appropriate including but not limited to expulsion from the meeting, banning from Slack, referral to the relevant authorities, and permanent exclusion from all SecKC activities.

Challenge ideas, not people.

This phrase is repeated at the beginning of every meeting. It is at the core of our values as an organization and we take it seriously. It means, “No personal attacks”.

 

SecKC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

Meetings are unrated.

SecKC meetings are considered an event for adults. Participants should assume that the language will be foul and the jokes may be crude. That said, the Code of Conduct still applies. “Harassment” and “unwelcome contact” are in the eye of the beholder. Complaints will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a group of SecKC volunteers.

 

The SecKC Code of Conduct applies to our Slack channel as well as our meetings. The #outhouse channel is reserved for R-rated content. However, if someone tells you they are uncomfortable, you must stop.

 

Anyone can and should report harassment. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can contact one of the following SecKC staff volunteers:

 

  • Julie Fugett, Slack: @jfug / Twitter: @jfug_

  • Bryan C. Geraghty, Slack/Twitter: @archwisp

  • Lauren Proehl, Slack @triw0lf / Twitter: @jotunvillur

 

Volunteers can be identified by their SecKC lanyard and bright yellow volunteer badge. Volunteers will be circulating during the meeting and are always available to chat about any issues that arise.

 

Slack mods are @alexlauerman, @archwisp, @billswearingen, @jfug, @jur1st, @seckcory, and @triw0lf.

 

If you wish to provide documentation or want to contact SecKC prior to a meeting, you can DM us on Twitter at @sec_kc or send an email to codeofconduct@seckc.org.

 

SecKC volunteers will be happy to help participants contact venue security, local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of SecKC.

Remember: SecKC is what you make of it, and as a community we can create a great experience for everyone.