Donut.js Code of Conduct

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Donut.js aims to be a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment. As such, we are committed to providing a harassment-free experience for all, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, socioeconomic status, or religion (or lack thereof).


We expect all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff to abide by this Code of Conduct in Donut.js community venues–online and in-person–as well as in one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.


At Donut.js, we ask that everyone:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Remember that our event may include occasionally include members of the public, e.g., representatives of other organizations or groups; please be respectful to all visitors and guests of our event and venue.

Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

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

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

Weapons Policy

No weapons will be allowed at Donut.js events, community spaces, or in other spaces covered by the scope of this Code of Conduct. Weapons include but are not limited to guns, explosives (including fireworks), and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon. Community members are further expected to comply with all state and local laws on this matter.

Reporting Guidelines

Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

To reach the Donut.js Code of Conduct responders, you can use any of the following methods:

Please refer to the Reporting Guidelines for help making your report. We will keep your contact in strict confidence.

Donut.js organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement (only upon request) or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Code of Conduct Responder Role

Donut.js will have one or more designated Code of Conduct Responders present at all events, who will be reachable through online form, email, text message, and in person onsite. Responders may also check all methods of contact during the off-time surrounding events.

Responders will be the only persons with immediate access to the available contact methods (online form, email, and text message). Organizers may be shown materials submitted to the COC Responder according to our Reporting Guidelines.

Code of Conduct Responders may also act as community advisors, providing feedback to speakers, event attendees, sponsors, and venue staff as a way of encouraging the inclusive environment we outline in this Code of Conduct. Feedback given in this capacity will not constitute an incident report.

When initiating discussions, the Code of Conduct Responder will clarify whether the conversation relates to community guidance or incident report.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify the Donut.js Code of Conduct response team at with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our reporting guidelines.

License and Attribution

This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Citizen Code of Conduct (originally distributed by Stumptown Syndicate) under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

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

Version 2, adopted by the Donut.js lead organizers and Code of Conduct response team on July 1, 2019. Posted July 1, 2019.