Code of Conduct

The following is a code of conduct and anti-harassment policy for our community and applies to both in-person and online meetings and spaces. It is in place to ensure that everyone feels safe, comfortable, and welcomed, and so that there is a standard way to deal with situations where people don't feel this way. Please let us know if you want to improve this policy.

Short version

The Twin Cities (Data) Visualization group (TCDataViz) is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone. Be kind to one another. Do not insult or put down other members. Behave civilly.

Medium version

The Twin Cities (Data) Visualization group (TCDataViz) is a community about having fun, exploring ideas, tackling problems, and meeting new people. Though it is more informal than a professional environment, members are expected to behave responsibly and courteously. Be kind to one another. Do not insult or put down other members. Behave civilly.

TCDataViz is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, immigrant status, religion, age, economic status, or skillset. We do not tolerate harassment of members in any form. Sexual language and imagery, and hate speech are not appropriate for any community activity. Members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event or community at the discretion of the community organizers.

Long version

The Twin Cities (Data) Visualization group (TCDataViz) is a community about having fun, exploring ideas, tackling problems, and meeting new people. Though it is more informal than a professional environment, members are expected to behave responsibly and courteously. Be kind to one another. Do not insult or put down other members. Behave civilly.

TCDataViz is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, immigrant status, religion, age, economic status, or skillset. We do not tolerate harassment of members in any form. Sexual language and imagery, and hate speech are not appropriate for any community activity. Members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event or community at the discretion of the community organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, immigrant status, religion, age, economic status, skillset, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of discussions or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a member engages in harassing behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event or community with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a community organizer immediately. The community organizer will help the member or those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference (this could include contacting hotel/venue security, contacting local law enforcement, or providing escorts).

We value your membership and in-person attendance.

Exhibitors and sponsors

Exhibitors or sponsors at community events or online are also subject to the code of conduct. In particular, exhibitors or sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If an exhibitor or sponsor does not follow the code of conduct, even outside the TCDataViz community activities, community leaders may take appropriate action, including warning the offender or breaking of any non-legally-binding agreement with no refund.

Contact info

As of the last publication of this policy, Alan Palazzolo is the community organizer and can be reached at:


  • tcdataviz (@t) zzolo .org
  • +1 770 596 1951


Other relevant contact information. These are not endorsements, but meant to be an easy place to find immediate help in a situation:



License and attribution

This anti-harassment policy (code of conduct) is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. It includes language from the Heroku Code of Conduct for Events the PyCon 2013 Code of Conduct, and the Music Hack Day Code of Conduct.

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.

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Code of Conduct March 20, 2014 10:11 AM Alan P.
About Twin Cities (Data) Visualization Group March 20, 2014 8:52 AM Alan P.

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