Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Design Ranch Code of Conduct

We’re so excited to have you joining us at the Ranch. We want everyone to kick up their boots and have a rootin’ tootin’ time this weekend.

Design Ranch is committed to providing a safe, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion. We have a zero tolerance harassment policy that applies to all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and workshop leaders.

Harassment*, generally defined as any behavior that alarms or threatens another person or group, or any behavior that causes excessive discomfort to other people, or breaks any applicable law, is not tolerated.

We appreciate your help in making this a safe environment for everyone.
*Note: harassment may include but is not limited, to the following:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, especially those using discriminatory terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or physical contact.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Remember that “no means no”. If someone asks you to stop speaking about a particular subject, or to leave them alone, please do so.
Support your friends and fellow Ranchers. If you see someone behaving badly, please let them know that you’re not OK with it.
In regards to underage drinking and illegal substances, we expect our attendees to follow Texas laws. Those at the Ranch under 21 are prohibited from drinking any alcohol, and other attendees should not offer or provide alcohol to said attendees. Camp Waldemar has a strict no illegal substance policy, and we expect Ranchers to follow.

Board members are also subject to the code of conduct.

If a breaks the code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate to keep the event a welcoming environment, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a board member (Chapter President or Vice President) immediately or email executiveboard@austin.aiga.org.

Board members will be happy to help participants contact the necessary parties or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe. We value your attendance.

This code of conduct was adapted from the Conference Code of Conduct, Austin Design Week and using additional materials and guidelines from the Geek Feminism Wiki.