PA Parent and Family Alliance (Parent Alliance) code of conduct tl;dr:
Be respectful of other people, respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered, and if you can't resolve an issue, contact staff. If you are being a problem, it will be apparent and you'll be asked to leave.
Based on previous excellent work by others, this is a living code of conduct. This code of conduct applies to all Parent Alliance spaces both online and off, including our events and website.
The PA Parent and Family Alliance (Parent Alliance) is a positive community that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of people, cultures, and opinions that they bring to the Parent Alliance.
Parent Alliance spaces are an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, gender (including transgender status), sexual orientation, parenting status, age, medical conditions, nationality, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, politics, or ideology.
We value respectful behavior above individual opinions.
Respectful behavior includes:
Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.
Avoid demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or physically threatening behavior, speech, and imagery.
If you're not sure, ask someone instead of assuming.
Parent Alliance prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Parent Alliance staff reserve the right not to act on complaints regarding:
‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions
We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.
If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behavior. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the community respectful and welcome your input in doing so.
If you experience disrespectful behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of staff. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.
Apologize for Mistakes
Should you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them and avoid repeating them in the future.
If the Parent Alliance determine that an event participant or website, social media user is behaving disrespectfully, the staff may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion and exclusion from the event without warning or refund.
As staff, we will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. We can't foresee every situation, however, and thus if in the staffs' judgment the best thing to do is to ask a disrespectful individual to leave, we will do so.
Resolving an Issue
If you believe you’re experiencing practices at a Parent Alliance event or activity which doesn’t meet the policies below, or if you feel you are being harassed in any way, please immediately contact the event organizer(s) or staff.
If you believe you’re experiencing practices online or at an event which don’t meet the policies above, please immediately contact any ally you may know. Anyone in the community should feel empowered to resolve issues and uphold our high standards.
However, if you feel the issue requires escalation to a community organizer please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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