We maintain a zero-tolerance harassment policy. We do not tolerate harassment of our members, participants, students, staff, employees, or our volunteers.

Furthermore, we do not discriminate based on ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual preference/orientation, body shape, or disability. Additionally, we refuse to work with businesses who openly tolerate discrimination, harassment of others, or display inappropriate images or language. Sponsors of our Meetup Groups are also held to this standard.

Membership and attendance at our Meetup events are privileges, not rights. This applies to paid and unpaid events.

Membership and attendance at our Meetup events are privileges, not rights. This applies to paid and unpaid events.

Online Meetup particpants or event attendees who are deemed harrassing or disruptive will be summarily removed from our Meetup group and, if applicable, the event.

If you are asked to leave an event here's what to expect:

  • Law Enforcement Will Be Contacted
  • A Police Report Will Be Filed to Officially Document the Situation
  • Absolutely NO REFUNDS for the Event Will be Given. You Forfiet all Monies Paid

How Do I Know If Something Is Inappropriate?

Please refer to this list first. But, if you are still unsure whether a comment (at an event or online through our Meetup Group) is inappropriate, either email us at meetup < a t > codeboss.org or ask your class instructor privately and in person.

Online Meetup particpants or event attendees who are deemed harrassing or disruptive will be summarily removed from our Meetup group. Absolutely NO REFUNDS for the Event Will be Given. You Forfiet all Monies Paid

Membership and attendance at our Meetup events are privileges, not rights. As such, these privileges will be permanently revoked based on the criteria below.

Stalking is any continuous action that causes another person to suffer substantial emotional distress. It includes any continuous and unwanted communication or contact that causes the recipient substantial emotional distress

Harassment Includes (But Is Not Limited To):

  • Stalking (includes unwanted emails, phone calls, texting as well as unwanted visits to homes and workplaces). Stalking is any continuous action that causes another person to suffer substantial emotional distress by placing that person in fear of (1) death, (2) bodily injury, (3) continued harassment, (4) or any unwanted communication or contact that in fact causes that person substantial emotional distress
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Verbal and written comments that we deem as either offensive, libalous, or which disrupt our normal course of business. Our normal course of business in writing software. Not hosting Meetups!
  • Any comments, verbal or otherwise written, which have the potential to injure or harm the reputation of our staff or students
  • Offensive verbal and written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, religion
  • The use or display of sexual images in public spaces
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other Meetups
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention

Meetup participants are expected to maintain a professional atmosphere and respect the personal boundaries of other particpants, our employees, volunteers, and staff. additionally, sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Meetup venue, including talks. Event participants violating these rules will be expelled from the Meetup and banned from future Meetups

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer or Meetup volunteer immediately. This may include helping participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the Meetup.

Organizers and Meetup volunteers may be identified by t-shirts or special badges/lanyards. Organizers will investigate the issue and take appropriate action.

Contacts

North Carolina contact information is below. Your local Code Boss Meetup host will also provide his/her cell phone number as well as the venue phone number on the Meetup site.

  • Meetup Organizer Email: meetup < a t > codeboss.org
  • Law Enforcement:
    • Emergency Dial 911
    • Non-Emergency in Durham 919-560-4600 or 919-560-4601
    • Non-Emergency in Raleigh 919-996-3335
    • Non-Emergency in Chapel Hill 919-968-2760

Though we hope that we never have to invoke this policy, we believe that having this document helps everyone think a little more about how their actions and words affect the whole community, as well as individuals in the community.

It sets expectations for behavior at the Meetup. Simply having an anti-harassment policy can prevent harassment. Additionally, such a policy encourages people to attend who have had bad experiences at other Meetups. Finally, it gives Meetup staff/volunteers instructions on how to handle harassment quickly, with the minimum amount of disruption for the Meetup

Code Boss InterActiv is dedicated to providing a harassment-free Meetup experience for everyone, regardless of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

The above is not an exhaustive list — we do not tolerate harassment of Meetup participants in any form.

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. It is based on several other policies, including the GDG Research Triangle Anti-Harassment Policy, the Ohio LinuxFest Anti-Harassment Policy, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project.

Due acknowledgement and credit is also given to Esther Filderman, Beth Lynn Eicher, Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.