Code of Conduct

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:

  • Harassing, physically threatening, or physically or verbally abusing any person because of, but not limited to, that person’s race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or viewpoint.
  • Conducting oneself in a manner endangering the health or safety of another person.
  • Exhibiting disorderly conduct, including but not limited to, abuse of controlled substances or overt drunkenness.
  • Bringing any weaponry, firearms, dangerous chemicals, or any materials specifically banned by the chapter and/or venue space to an AIGA sponsored activity or event.
  • Defacing property.
  • Any social media posting reflecting any of the above behavior.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

In addition to the above, we also will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment.. Sexual harassment, which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example, submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or participation in the AIGA-sponsored activity, or submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions. Sexual harassment also can occur when a member is subjected to discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, or insult by another member or employee, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it creates an abusive environment, or an environment where the member feels uncomfortable.

Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Other examples of behavior that might constitute sexual harassment, depending on the circumstances, include, but are not limited to, publicly indecent behavior**; subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors; repeated and unwelcome sexual jokes, innuendo, advances, or propositions; repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature; repeated and unwelcome graphic commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; repeated leering or insulting or obscene comments or gestures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

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. Overnight security will be present and such violations will not be tolerated.
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 anyone 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. AIGA and Design Ranch board members will be available throughout the Ranch to address concerns.

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, AIGA National and using additional materials and guidelines from the Geek Feminism Wiki.