Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy

 

GroundShift is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment. We stand strongly in our values, which include humility, radical inclusion, empathy, and transparency.

Privacy Policy

Do not take pictures, or record audio or video without consent from those being recorded.  Do not tweet, post, or publish information about individuals unless you obtain clear permission from them. This includes all tagging on social media. Failure to comply with any of the above stated policies constitutes sufficient grounds for expulsion from the event.

Consent

Please help us make this an inclusive and respectful environment for everyone who attends. It is required for participants to practice affirmative consent at GroundShift.

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Also, please consider:

  • Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent.

  • Prior consensual sexual activity does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.

  • Consent may be withdrawn at any time.

  • Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity (whether by lack of consciousness, being involuntarily restrained, or possibly due to use of alcohol/drugs).

If we hear that you have not followed affirmative consent in a sexual interaction, we will actively address the situation according to the “Response to Incidents” procedure below, up to and including removal from the camp and involvement of legal authorities.

Alcohol and Substance Use

We ask that attendees be mindful of substance use that may impact your ability to respect the safety or boundaries of other participants or to care for yourself physically. We will be serving beer and wine on Saturday night. Otherwise, we ask you not to bring drugs or alcohol into the space, except for those used for medical purposes.

Harassment Policy

We aim to include many different opinions and experiences at GroundShift, so we do not tolerate any kind of harassment. We will take action in response to harassment related to gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, disability, religion, political identification and age.

Examples of unacceptable behaviors include:

1. Verbal comments that reinforce oppression related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age or religion (or lack thereof);

2. Verbal threats or demands;

3. Intimidation or enlisting the help of others to target another attendee;

4. Stalking;

5. Harassing photography or recording;

6. Sustained disruption of sessions or events;

7. Unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention;

8. Violating the privacy policy;

9. Gender assumptions and policing;

10. Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.

This code of conduct applies to the GroundShift weekend, our Facebook page and other social media, and community events related to GroundShift.

Participants who are asked to stop harassing behaviors are expected to stop immediately. Depending on severity of harassment or repeat offenses, GroundShift will respond accordingly, including but not limited to giving warnings or expulsion from the event. Local authorities will be called if illegal behavior occurs.

Response to Incidents

This event is co-created. We rely on each participant to foster accountability to the code of conduct.  If you notice harassment or experience it, please notify the team immediately. The GroundShift team will be responsible for addressing incidents directly. You can make us aware of an incident by either locating a member of the GroundShift team on-site, or by raising the issue with your cabin group leader.

The below individuals serve as the team responsible for addressing violations of the code of conduct.

Mohammed Naeem

Sara Dinari

Annie Bickerton

Duncan Wall

Kerri Kelly

All reports are confidential. You will not be asked to take actions that make you feel unsafe. If you do not feel safe, the GroundShift team will explore  what accommodations can be made possible to support you.