Better Anti-Harassment Policy

Originally posted to github here.


[Your Organization/Event Name] Anti-Harassment Policy

[Organization/Event Name] is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This policy applies to visitors as well as participants and team members in all [Organization/Event Name] spaces both online and off, public and private, including [public and private spaces] etc. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of [the abuse team, management, etc.].

Some [Organization/Event Name] spaces 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:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, national origin, religion, social class, or any other attribute that is not relevant to one's quality of work and participation.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Deliberate intimidation and/or threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Stalking and/or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

[Organization/Event Name] prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. [Abuse Team, Management, etc.] 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”
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions


If you are being harassed by a member of [Organization/Event Name], notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact [the abuse team, management, etc.] at [email address or other contact point]. If the person who is harassing you is [on the abuse team, member of management, etc.] they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

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

In order to protect [employees, volunteers, etc.] 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/discarded 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 [Organization/Event Name] [employees, volunteers, etc.] or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their explicit affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, [he abuse team, member of management, etc.] may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all [Organization/Event Name]spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other [Organization/Event Name] [employees, volunteers, etc.], organizations, 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 at