Bocoup is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free work experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability status, mental health, neurotype, age, physical appearance, body type, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, or class. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form and we are committed to partnering with you to foster a healthy working environment.
Bocoup is committed to the safety and wellbeing of marginalized people who are underrepresented in the communities we serve or are oppressed by structural sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, and transphobia. This includes but is not limited to: women, people of color, people with disabilities, people with prior military service, formerly incarcerated people, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, indigenous peoples, first and second generation immigrants, and people from low-income families. Bocoup prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over the comfort of individuals in positions of privilege.
By working for Bocoup as an employee or vendor, working with Bocoup on a commercial or noncommercial project or collaboration, visiting a facility managed by Bocoup as a guest, or attending an event hosted by Bocoup as a delegate, speaker, sponsor, volunteer, or attendee, you agree to abide by this code of conduct and cooperate with the Bocoup staff who enforce it.
Individuals are expected to behave appropriately and professionally — consistently demonstrating kindness, care, and mutual respect — during their participation in all projects, collaborations and events. You are expected to uphold Bocoup’s values, and to actively seek antidotes to white supremacy culture, as outlined in Dismantling White Supremacy. In recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives and expertise, Bocoup expects individuals to listen actively, and to engage with respect and humility.
All individuals should actively avoid intentionally or unintentionally participating in the harassment of others. Harassment includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, mental health, neurotype, age, physical appearance, body, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion; deliberate or repeated misgendering; sexual images in public spaces; intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained or aggressive disruption in meetings, lectures or other spaces; physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g. emoji or textual descriptions) without consent; and unwelcome sexual attention. Consent must be freely given, enthusiastic, informed, specific, and reversible affirmation of a request.
If you are taking a photograph or video in the course of working at Bocoup, with Bocoup, or participating in a Bocoup event, you must request consent from the subject of your documentation. If you do not receive consent, you may not take a picture or record video. If a person requests that an image of themselves captured during the course of your work at Bocoup or in attendance of a Bocoup event be unpublished and/or deleted at any time and for any reason, you must immediately comply. Refusing to do so is considered unacceptable behavior and is a breach of the Code of Conduct.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Bocoup in the course of enforcing this Code of Conduct may, at its own discretion, ask an individual to stop some behavior, warn the individual of their violation, or further sanction the individual. If the unacceptable behavior is displayed by a customer of Bocoup, consequences may include escalating to customer leadership. If the unacceptable behavior is displayed in a Bocoup facility consequences may include expulsion from the facility. If during participation in an event hosted by Bocoup, consequences may include expulsion from the event with no refund (including no return of sponsorship contributions). If the unacceptable behavior is online, consequences may include expulsion from the forum. Individuals are expected to comply immediately with such requests from Bocoup.
Reporting Unacceptable Behavior
Bocoup prioritizes emotional, psychological, and physical safety. If you feel unsafe in any way during a meeting or event hosted by Bocoup, you are welcome to (1) request an end to the meeting or event, or (2) exit the room or premises with or without explanation. You will not be penalized for your departure, or expected to explain. If you would like to report a violation of this Code of Conduct, please contact (1) Sheila Moussavi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to keep the matter confidential, or (2) email@example.com if you would like to notify both Boaz Sender and Sheila Moussavi. Any further communication will be determined with your consent. If another individual asks you to stop engaging in some behavior in the course of your work with Bocoup, you should comply immediately, and are encouraged to contact a member of the Bocoup leadership team for further guidance.
Bocoup reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding “reverse-isms”, reasonable communication of boundaries, complaints about tone premised on stereotypes, or criticism of racist, sexist, classist or otherwise oppressive behavior.
Thank you and Credits
This code of conduct is influenced by the Processing Day Code of Conduct, JSConf Code of Conduct, Citizen Code of Conduct, NodeConf Photography Policy, and Open Source Bridge Recording Policy. We derived our definition of consent from the Building Consentful Tech Zine, which was inspired by Planned Parenthood’s consent model.