Anti-Harassment Policy

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The policy below is a working document that we hope to have in a form that can be approved by member vote at the 2013 annual meeting. Discussion is encouraged, particularly on the members@hacdc.org mailing list.


HacDC is dedicated to being a harassment-free hackerspace for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of members or visitors in any form.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or 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. Members and visitors asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a member or visitor engages in harassing behavior, the board of directors or event organizer may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the space or event with no refund. Members violating these rules may be subject to termination of their HacDC membership. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the board of directors or the event organizer immediately.

Members of the board of directors and event organizers will be happy to help members and visitors contact building security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of their visit at HacDC. We value your attendance.

bod@hacdc.org [Phone number for St. Stephens guard] [Perhaps list his hours as well? --Alberto] DC emergency services: 911 National sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE DC Rape Crisis Center: 202-333-RAPE DC Yellow Cab: 202-TAXICAB Howard University Hospital: (202)865-6100 / 2041 Georgia Avenue NW GWU Hospital: (202) 715-4000 / 900 23rd Street NW

We expect members and visitors to follow these rules at all HacDC-organized events, in the space itself, and in our online spaces including mailing lists and the official IRC channel.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.