The GVSC Code of Conduct and what is expected of all Members and Guests.

GVSC Code of Conduct

All attendees, members, and volunteers at GVSC programs and in our physical and digital spaces are required to agree with the following Code of Conduct. Leadership will enforce this Code throughout any GVSC event. Cooperation from all participants is expected in order to help ensure a safe environment for everybody, without risks to health, violence, or aggression.

The Overview

The branding and programming of GVSC events is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). GVSC does not tolerate harassment of participants or members in any form. Threatening language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Facebook and other online media.  Members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the membership without a refund at the discretion of the Membership Committee.

The Detail

  • Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.  If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event or online forum. 

  • If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of GVSC leadership immediately. 

  • If the harassment is at an event, GVSC leadership will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

  • The use of recreational drugs at any GVSC event is strictly prohibited.

  • Behaving in a manner, including drunkenness, that disturbs an event or its attendees will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the event.

  • We expect all attendees and Members to follow these rules both at our events and online.