Otakorp is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization run entirely by volunteers. This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our events, meetings, corporate business, and community social media, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, identity, age, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

We invite all those who participate in Otakorp to help us create safe, friendly, and positive experiences for everyone. If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.

Code of Conduct
Your cooperation is needed to ensure Otakorp, Inc. events and communication channels are a safe and family-friendly environment. Disruptive behavior or harassment of any sort is not tolerated. (Please see Section 2 for specific examples of harassment and disruptive behavior.)

Violations of our Code of Conduct may result actions such as:

1. Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all Otakorp, Inc. volunteers and participants:

2. Unacceptable Behavior

The following list of behaviors provide examples of what is considered unacceptable within our community. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

Anything that is illegal in the community is also illegal at our events. 

3. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated from any member, volunteer, attendee, participant, sponsor, vendor, contractor, partner, or guest.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a member engages in unacceptable behavior, Otakorp may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from participation,  without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

4. Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community moderator as soon as possible.

At a convention or event, contact Access Control.  Locate an Otakorp Volunteer Staffer if you need assistance locating them (they will typically be wearing a black shirt labeled "Otakon Staff" and they will be wearing a staff badge).  Access Control will escort the person in distress to a safe space (quiet room, Access Control, Staff Support, etc).

If you wish to report online, please use the Contact Us link on our website and specify "Code of Conduct" in your subject.

If the incident occured on our BBS, you can flag the message as inappropraite to our moderators.

5. Addressing Grievances
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify us with a concise description of your grievance. Please see Contact Info section for how to contact us. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

6. Scope

We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

Limitations: Illegal Code of Conduct violations occurring outside of official event or online spaces cannot be enforced by Otakorp; situations of this nature might require engagement of law enforcement by the individual. Examples including, but not limited to: stalking, drugs, weapons, assault (sexual or otherwise).

7. Volunteers 

Otakorp is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization run entirely by volunteers. As a volunteer for Otakorp Inc., you are expected and required to conduct yourself in a professional and business appropriate manner at all times while representing the organization. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Violations of Otakorp policies or the code of conduct will be considered grounds for possible and immediate dismissal. 

8. Contact Info

You may contact us about this code of conduct using the Contact Us page and specify "Code of Conduct" in your subject.

9. License and attribution

Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct, the Citizen Code of Conduct, and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

Approved by the Otakorp Board of Directors, September 16, 2017

Updated July 6, 2017 to include contact information.