Code of Conduct

Quick Version

Bocoup is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free working environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental health, neurotype, age, physical appearance, body, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion or class. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate in a professional environment. We do not tolerate harassment in any form and we are committed to partnering with you to foster a healthy work environment.

Full Version

Bocoup prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of marginalized people who are underrepresented in the communities that we serve, or are oppressed by structural sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, and transphobia and includes but is not limited to; women, people of color, people with disabilities, people with prior military service, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, indigenous peoples, first and second generation immigrants, and people from low-income families.

By working with Bocoup on a commercial or noncommercial project or collaboration, visiting a facility managed by Bocoup as a guest, working for Bocoup as an employee or vendor, 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.

Expected Behavior

Individuals are expected to behave appropriately and professionally during their participation in all projects, collaborations or events. In particular, all individuals should actively avoid intentionally or unintentionally participating in the harassment of individuals. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, mental health, neurotype, age, physical appearance, body, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion, deliberate misgendering, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained 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 enthusiastic, informed, freely given, 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. Consent must be freely given, enthusiastic, informed, specific and reversible. 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 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 offensive behavior is displayed by a customer of Bocoup, consequences may include escalating to customer leadership. If the offensive 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). Individuals are expected to comply immediately with such requests from Bocoup.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

Please contact Boaz Sender or Rick Waldron from the Bocoup leadership team listed on directly, or email 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 prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Bocoup reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding “reverse-isms”, reasonable communication of boundaries, communicating in a tone you do not like, or criticizing racist, sexist, classist or otherwise oppressive behavior.

Thank you and Credits

This code of conduct is based on and inspired by the Processing Day Code of Conduct, JSConf Code of Conduct, Citizen Code of Conduct, NodeConf Photography Policy, and Open Source Bridge Recording Policy.

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