Game Assembly Code of Conduct

Last Update: 06/17/2019


We expect everyone involved with the Game Assembly community to follow this code of conduct. This includes developers working in the Game Assembly office, anyone attending events Game Assembly may host or assist hosting, any members of the Game Assembly Discord channel, or anyone participating with other forms of digital communication channels Game Assembly operates.

This code of conduct will describe the expectations we have within the Game Assembly community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect this code of conduct to be honored. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be temporarily or permanently banned from the community.

Office Etiquette

We want everyone in the Game Assembly office to respect each other and the space around them. While we want you to feel comfortable in the office, please remember that you are sharing the space with others.

  • Game Assembly has no dress code, but please use common sense judgement with regards to acceptable attire, as well as matters of personal hygiene.
  • No smoking, vaping, or other substance use.
  • Alcohol is permitted, but please partake responsibly. If another member of the space requests you not drink around them, respect that request. Game Assembly may also have students and other minors visiting the space. Do not, under any circumstances, provide alcohol to a minor. It is against the law.
  • We ask that you use headphones while listening to audio, or while on any teleconference calls. Meetings (both remote and in person) will be a part of our environment, and we want to limit the disruption to other members of the space. Please also keep your ringtone set to a reasonably low volume.
  • Please do your part to clean up after yourself, both at your personal desk space and in communal areas.

Interpersonal Interactions

Be friendly and patient

Give people the benefit of the doubt. Try not to take offense where no offense was intended. Not everyone speaks or writes English fluently. Not everyone can express themselves clearly. If someone’s intent was to provoke, do not rise to it.

Be welcoming

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, socioeconomic status, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, language, profession, technical ability, and mental and physical ability.

Be respectful

Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.

Be careful in the words that we choose

We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.

Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different, and that the strength of our community comes from its diversity – people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes, and from each other.

What will not be tolerated

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro atypicality, physical appearance, body size, race, age, regional discrimination, political or religious affiliation.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming, or persistently and deliberately using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person’s gender identity. You must address people by the name they give you when not addressing them by their username or handle.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop
  • Threats of violence, both physical and psychological
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect others from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication

Our community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. We will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you”
  • Refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts or politics
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. Although we will fail at times, we seek to treat everyone both as fairly and equally as possible. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, socioeconomic status, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, language, profession, technical ability, and mental and physical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination of any sort.

Reporting issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior — or have any other concerns — please report it with our confidential incident report form. Alternatively, you can message an advisor via Discord. All reports will be handled with discretion.

If contacting us via email, please include:

  • Your contact information.
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well.
  • Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger), please include a link.
  • Any additional information that may be helpful, including screenshots if applicable.

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally, review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. If the person who is harassing you is part of the admin team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. If the complaint originates from a member of the admin team, it will be handled by a different member of the admin team.

Once the admins have a complete account of the events they will make a decision as to how to respond. Responses may include:

  • Nothing (if we determine no violation occurred).
  • A private reprimand from the working group to the individual(s) involved.
  • A public reprimand.
  • An imposed vacation (i.e. asking someone to “take a week off” from coming into the office).
  • A permanent or temporary ban from some or all Game Assembly spaces (office, events, Discord, etc.)
  • A request for a public or private apology.

We’ll respond within one week to the person who filed the report with either a resolution or an explanation of why the situation is not yet resolved. We’ll take into account feedback from the reporter on the response they may be looking for, as well as the appropriateness of our chosen response once a decision has been made; however, we can’t guarantee we will be able to act on that feedback in every circumstance.

When handling any incident report, we will always respect confidentiality requests for the purposes of protecting victims of abuse.