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|HMGS Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy|
Code Of Conduct
The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, Inc. (HMGS) is in the business of educating through gaming, which is ultimately having fun while learning about history. After all, we wouldn’t be holding three conventions and promoting many outreach events if we didn’t all have a great time together! And as every gamer knows, a thorough rulebook is the key to everyone having a good time, so here are our rules for a safe and fun HMGS. If you have a question about a certain policy or guideline, be sure to read through all of our policies, but if that still doesn’t answer your question, email email@example.com.
Everyone should observe common sense rules for behavior, personal interaction, courtesy, and respect. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. HMGS reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any participant not in compliance with this policy.
HMGS is committed to providing a safe environment, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Harassment or unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, visual, or in any other form, is strictly prohibited. HMGS’s Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all persons involved in the operation or attendance of an HMGS convention or an HMGS-sponsored event, and to it's online social community. HMGS will not tolerate harassment of anyone by anyone, including participants, vendors, hosts, or HMGS staff.
HMGS defines harassment as any behavior that threatens a person or group or produces an unsafe or non-inclusive environment. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religious beliefs. Harassment also includes, but is not limited to, sexual or discriminatory images in public and quasi-public spaces (online and offline), intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment may take the form of comments, epithets, slurs, jokes, teasing, display or discussion of written or graphic material, repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person, or giving gifts of an unwanted or sexual nature. Advocating or encouraging any of the above is also considered harassment.
Harassment at HMGS does not include respectful disagreement or critique offered in good faith. HMGS reserves the right to alter or broaden its definition of harassment at its sole discretion.
No one should tolerate any conduct of this type. Should you experience or witness harassment, you may choose to take any of the following actions:
Based on any informal or formal complaint or report of harassment, HMGS may take the following steps. Note that this list is not exhaustive and other appropriate action may be taken as necessary.
HMGS's Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy apply in all physical and online spaces within HMGS's control. This includes, but is not limited to, event venues, Pop-Up HMGS locations, HMGS social media pages, streamed programming, and HMGS forums. Occasionally HMGS is made aware of behavior by participants (or potential participants) that has occurred outside of HMGS - either online or offline - and is a gross violation of our Code of Conduct or Anti-Harassment Policy. These actions need not occur in HMGS-affiliated spaces to be considered for sanctions by HMGS. These include, but are not limited to:
We understand that, at times, participants will have disagreements or interpersonal conflicts that do not necessarily escalate to the point of harassment or abuse. HMGS will not arbitrate such disagreements - we ask that you please leave these conflicts at home.
HMGS continuously strives to create a safe and welcoming space. Should you have any suggestions for how we can improve, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.