Code of Conduct
This code of conduct is adapted from the Geek Feminism Wiki's Community anti-harassment policy template.
The University of Auckland Maker Club (Maker Club) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of members or non-members in any form. In addition to this code of conduct, all members are expected to abide by the University of Auckland's Code of Conduct.
This code of conduct applies to all Maker Club spaces, including at all Maker Club events (no matter where they take place), online on our Discord, Facebook, and website, and all other places on the internet manged by the club. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the comittee.
Some Maker Club spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to members. Members are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
- Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
- Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
- Threats of violence.
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
- Deliberate intimidation.
- Stalking or following.
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
- Sustained disruption of discussion.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
- Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
- Publication of non-harassing private communication.
The Maker Club prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The Committee reserves 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
If you are being harassed by a member of the Maker Club, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the committee at [email protected] or via private-messaging a committee member on Discord, or by talking to us in person. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.
This code of conduct applies to Maker Club spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of Maker Club outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Maker Club members, especially the committee, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from the Maker Club based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Maker Club spaces and behavior towards people who are not in the Maker Club.
In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.
We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Maker Club members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.
Members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a member engages in harassing behaviour, the committee may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Maker Club spaces, identification of the member as a harasser to other Maker Club members or the general public, and reporting of the breach of conduct to the University of Auckland.
Sexual assault hotline – 0800 883 300
At the University of Auckland:
If an incident takes place on campus you can phone University Security on +64 9 373 7599 extension 85000, or dial 85000 directly if you use an internal University telephone. You can read more about safety on campus here.