OhioSMART Code of Conduct
Revised with permission from Dark Oddessy
Statement of Principle
OhioSMART is a private, membership organization with an all-volunteer board of directors and staff. We are committed to providing a fun, creative, and educational environment that is free from harassment, abusive behavior, and consent violations. The board is dedicated to furthering freedom of expression in tandem with personal accountability, while driving to eliminate abusive behaviors. OhioSMART expects high standards of behavior and education and will make every effort to ensure all members and guests act responsibly and with sensitivity.
The following actions may be cause for removal from an event, revocation of membership, or banning:
- Consent Violations
- Examples include but are not limited to: failure to honor and use safewords, failure to honor stated limits and/or boundaries, violations of personal space and/or boundaries, violations of the photography policy.
- Abusive Behavior/Harassment
- Examples include but are not limited to: bullying, coercion, unwanted sexual advances, intimidation, non-consensual physical abuse, and defamation.
Violation of this Code of Conduct
The OhioSMART Board takes reports very seriously. If at an event or online forum, you are being harassed, have your consent violated, or even just see another member or guest making others uncomfortable, please report this to a Board Member as soon as possible. We encourage individuals to report any code of conduct violations that occur at an event, during that event and as soon as you feel safe to do so. We recognize that sometimes reports cannot be made immediately. To make a report after an event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-If a violation of this code of conduct is witnessed or disclosed during an event, any Board member is empowered to resolve the matter according to their own judgment in the moment, including ejection from the event. Any such cases will also be reported to the rest of the Board for further discussion/management.
B-Issues submitted via email will be reviewed by the OhioSMART Board of Directors, who will consider the issue(s) at the least as a set of data points, useful in seeking patterns of behavior surrounding an individual.
C-Action taken can range from a warning, to removal from a single event, to revocation of membership, to banning from all OhioSMART events.