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Anti-harassment policy


Pittsburgh Python User Group is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all Pittsburgh Python spaces, including our meetings, mailing lists and IRC channel. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the organizers.

Some meeting venue may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.


Harassment includes:

Pittsburgh Python prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The organizers will not act on complaints regarding:


If you are being harassed by a member of Pittsburgh Python, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the organizers at organizers@pghpython.org If the person who is harassing you is an organizer, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to Pittsburgh Python spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of Pittsburgh Python outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Pittsburgh Python members, especially the leadership team, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. We reserve the right to exclude people from Pittsburgh Python based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Pittsburgh Python spaces and behavior towards people who are not in Pittsburgh Python.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Pittsburgh Python members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, we may take any action we deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Pittsburgh Python spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Pittsburgh Python members or the general public.


This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

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