Community Standards for
Community of Reason
Version 1.1 - August 5, 2019
This Code of Conduct policy applies to all Community of Reason meetup events, as well as any public event or event in which we partner with another meetup or a community organization.
A. Community of Reason (COR) is committed to presenting spaces that are informative, fun and friendly for all participants. This includes creating an atmosphere that is harassment-free. All attendees, including speakers, sponsors, and volunteers, are required to adhere to our community standards for the duration of our events.
B. Community of Reason does not tolerate harassment of or by participants in any form. Prohibited conduct may include – but is not limited to – harassment related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
C. Failure to abide by our community standards may result in ejection from an event. Repeated violations of this policy will be reviewed and may result in a suspension of a ban from attending events. See Section on Review Process.
D. Community of Reason understands that human interaction can be complex and confusing. Please give each other the benefit of explaining behavior you find offensive or unwelcome. However, participants asked to stop any prohibited conduct are expected to comply immediately.
A. Individuals that threaten the safety of themselves, others, and the success and quality of the event through their behavior will not be tolerated. Individuals asked to leave an event are expected to comply immediately.
III. Discussions of Religion
A. Community of Reason recognizes that mockery of religion can occur at our events, and we welcome such discussion. However, the harassment of individuals for their religious beliefs will not be tolerated. Harassment can include pressuring someone to share their personal history, unwanted open debate, and personal attacks.
B. Failure to abide by our community standards will result in ejection from the event at the sole discretion of the organizers. Repeated violations of the policy will result in a suspension or a ban from attending all events.
III. Family Friendly
A. Community of Reason welcomes families with children and expects all participants to treat these families with courtesy and respect. Parents or guardians bringing children are responsible for their children’s behavior. Parents or guardians should be aware that not all activities may be suitable for children, and the organizers will note in event descriptions any events that may contain content not suitable for children. Please contact the event host prior to the event if you have concerns about age appropriate topics being discussed or adult language. If you have any questions regarding the inclusion of children, please contact the event host.
IV. Animal Friendly
A. COR loves pets and other animals. However, be aware that animals are not always appropriate at events. Participants should consider the rules of any venue when deciding whether to bring a pet. If you have any questions regarding the inclusion of pets, please contact the event host.
B. Pet owners are expected to be mindful of their pet’s activities and how they are interacting with other participants.
C. Participants are expected to be mindful of pets and treat them appropriately. If an animal is causing a problem, please let the owner and event hosts know. If you are uncomfortable around the animal for any reason, please let the owner and event hosts know, so that we can find a suitable solution.
VI. LGBTQ Friendly
A. To ensure that all members of our community are welcome at our events, Community of Reason is consciously working to create a safe place for members of the LGBTQ community.
B. One way of acknowledging transgender people’s needs and experiences is to whenever possible, designate our bathroom facilities as gender neutral. In bathrooms, many transgender people face harassment that can lead to discomfort, arrest, and violence. Such conduct is unacceptable at COR events.
C. Please listen to LGBTQ people’s needs and stories when they are volunteered; but please respect people's privacy and boundaries and do not ask questions that you wouldn’t ask of anyone else. Do not make assumptions about other people’s gender identity or expression. Please ask which pronouns a person prefers. Do respect and call people what they ask you to call them.
VII. Recovery Friendly
A. To ensure all members of our community are welcome at our events, the Community of Reason is consciously working to create a safe place for members in recovery.
B. Please listen to people in recovery and their stories when they are volunteered; but please respect people’s privacy and boundaries and do not ask questions. Do not make assumptions about someone’s personal journey.
C. Never pressure someone to consume alcohol.
VIII. Anti-Hate Policy
A. While we are advocates of free speech, Community of Reason will not tolerate hate speech of any kind at our events by our participants.
XI. Dating & Unwanted Solicitations
A. Community of Reason is not a dating meetup. Individuals should not message people they do not know on Meetup or other social media networks for this purpose. There are plenty of other Meetups or dating apps that are designed for this purpose. If you receive messages of this sort, please notify the organizers.
X. Sexual Harassment
A. Community of Reason will not tolerate sexual harassment.
B. Community of Reason is committed to providing a space that is free from sexual harassment. When COR determines that an allegation of sexual harassment is credible, it will take prompt and appropriate action. See section on Review Process.
C. Sexual harassment can include but is not limited to:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Sexual pranks, or repeated sexual teasing, jokes, or innuendo, in person or via social media
- Verbal abuse of a sexual nature
- Touching or grabbing of a sexual nature
- Repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person;
- Repeatedly asking a person to socialize outside of COR events when the person has said no or has indicated they are not interested
- Giving gifts or leaving objects that are sexually suggestive
- Repeatedly making sexually suggestive gestures
X1. Your Privacy
A. Community of Reason is committed to protecting your privacy. Any information including your name, contact information and additional information will not be shared with outside parties without your express consent.
XII. Photographs and Video Recordings
A. If you do not want to be photographed or video for safety concerns, please notify the event organizer at the start of the event.
B. Attendees of Community of Reason events provide their consent to have their picture taken or be included in audio/video recordings of the event. This media (including pictures, audio and video) may be used in multiple forms of promotion (including the web, social networking, print, and television) or media coverage. Attendees waive any and all rights to review any use of this content, and expect no compensation.
XIII. Locations & Partner Organizations
A. Stated rules and policies for venues where meetups occur will be respected at all times. Violations of rules and/or policies of a venue will be considered violations of COR’s community standards.
B. Stated rules and policies for partner organizations for events will be respected at all times. Violations of rules and/or policies of partner organizations will be considered violations of COR’s community standards.
C. The Terms of Service for Meetup applies to activities and events that COR sponsors, promotes, or endorses.
XIV.Spammers & Fake Accounts
A. Community of Reason will ban all spammer and fake accounts. If you notice one of these accounts, please notify us.
XV. Private Residences
A. Individual members who host events may set their own rules for what is permissible at their residence, including asking specific members to not attend events at their house.
B. Activities at private residences should not violate any parts of the Community Standards policy. “House Rules”, which are determined by the owner or occupant of the residence, may provide additional restrictions.
C. If you feel that you have been unfairly asked to not participate in events at an individual’s house or if the “house rules” are a concern, please contact the Ethics Committee.
XVI. Review Process
A. At Events. Individuals who violate the COR Community Standards will receive a warning. Depending on severity, individuals may be asked to leave the event immediately by the organizers. Individuals are expected to comply immediately.
B. Review by the Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee will review violations of the Community Standards and make a recommendation to the Village Council. Possible actions include: discussion with the Village Council with the intent to educate the individual(s) involved, temporary suspension from attending certain or all events, or a complete ban on certain or all events.
C. The Village Council reserves the right to ban someone, based on the severity of the behavior, without repeated occurrences and without notice.
If You Are Being Harassed
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the COR organizers, the event organizer, or an active-duty volunteer immediately. Alternatively, you may report an incident via email at CommunityOfReasonOHKY@gmail.com.
This document is a living document and will be periodically updated. We welcome any suggestions for consideration. Please contact us at CommunityOfReasonOHKY@gmail.com.
Version 1.1 - Updated by the COR Board of Directors on August 5, 2019 and distributed to members on August 5, 2019.
Version 1.0 - Original Document approved by the Village Council on January 18, 2019 and distributed to members on January 18, 2019.
The words and concepts in this document were heavily leveraged from the Code of Conduct policies for the Nashville Nones (NaNoCon) and the American Atheists Convention, with permission.
Want to use all or part of this for your group? Sure, send us an email and let us know; we like to connect with other like minded groups.