Humanists of Houston Code of Conduct

  • Humanists of Houston (“HoH”) is committed to providing an open and welcoming community that respects every member’s personal integrity and reasonable participation. HoH activities, whether organized or informal, should be fun, friendly, and informative.

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  • This policy covers conduct directed toward HoH members or the HoH organization, whether at an HoH event or elsewhere, publicly or privately, in person, by print, or electronically.
  • The consequences of violation can include but are not limited to loss of membership and participation privileges with HoH and its hosted and co-hosted activities, as well as with collaborating organizations (at their discretion).
  • The general rule of conduct is friendly interactions without harassment.

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  • Discussion and disagreement are encouraged as part of free inquiry, but must not take the form of personal attacks, and must respect each member’s right to withdraw from debate and organizers’ authority in managing events.
  • When possible, members should give each other the benefit of explaining behavior found offensive or unwelcome. But explanations do not redeem violations, and those asked to stop any prohibited conduct — nonconsensual or harassing — are expected to comply immediately.
  • Prohibited conduct may include but is not limited to: open carry of lethal weaponsharassment related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, ancestry, nationality, familial status, marital status, military status, pregnancy, socioeconomic status, or religion; sexual images or displays in public spaces (except as appropriate to announced presentations or activities); threats, abuse, or deliberate intimidation; stalking; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; or any form of unwanted attention initiated or continued without reasonable grounds for mutual interest or consent. Directly messaging a member should be presumed unwanted unless sender and recipient already know each other personally or it is an appropriate continuation of an HoH conversation or activity.
  • Promotion of other organizations and/or distribution of any promotional materials at an HOH event or in any HOH online forum requires prior approval from an HOH organizer or Board Member. Also please do not promote HOH at any other organizations without first obtaining approval from that organization.
  • Members of HOH will not speak as representatives of HOH unless designated by the HOH Board.
  • Where video recordings and photographs are used for HoH publicity or documentation of events, members may request that they not be tagged by name, or that photos and videos be modified to remove them, with no specific justification required.
  • Please report potential offenses to the relevant online or event organizer or to any HoH officer. Organizers may ban offenders from their activity at their sole discretion, and shall inform an HoH officer as soon as possible for further action. HoH officers may at their sole discretion ban offenders from any specific activity, or suspend them from membership and future activities. Reports, bans, and suspensions shall be recorded and shared with the full HoH Board, and be handled at all levels with confidentiality and with anonymity of the complainant preserved unless otherwise agreed.
  • Potential offenses may also be reported by email (info@humanistsofhouston.org). Such reports must include return contact information.
  • Suspension from membership and participation must be resolved by the HoH Board within three months, by reinstatement, probation as defined by the board, or expulsion according to the HoH By-Laws, or else the suspension ends. Appeals, whether for further investigation of potential offenses or for reinstatement, can be initiated by contacting any member of the HoH Board. Appeals will be resolved by the full HoH Board, or delegated to a non-leadership investigative committee, as appropriate to ensure a fair process and safe HoH community.