Code of Conduct
The Humanists of Tallahassee (HOT) is committed to providing an open and welcoming community that respects every member’s personal integrity and reasonable participation. HOT activities, whether organized or informal, should be fun, friendly, and/or informative.
HOT, the organization, will be transparent in our relationships with other groups. If we partner with other organizations, we will clarify if the partnership is with HOT and its members, or if non-members on our email list, Facebook followers, Twitter followers, the general public, etc., may be included.
• This Code of Conduct covers HOT-sponsored events, HOT-sponsored printed or electronic media, and representations of HOT in the public sphere.
• Consequences of violating this Code may include, but not be limited to, loss of membership and participation privileges with HOT and its hosted and co-hosted activities, as well as with collaborating organizations (at their discretion).
• The general rule of conduct is friendly, respectful interactions without harassment.
• 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 must respect the organizers’ authority in managing events.
• When asked to stop talking to someone or stop physically interacting with someone, that must be respected immediately. Later, if both/all parties wish to discuss what happened, they may do so. Communication for the purpose of greater understanding and personal growth is encouraged, but it is not obligatory.
• Prohibited conduct may include, but is not limited to: harassment 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; sustained disruption of talks/events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and open carry of lethal weapons.
• Do not promote HOT at any other organization's meeting without first obtaining their approval.
• Where video recordings and photographs are used for HOT publicity or documentation of events, members may request that they not be tagged by name, or that photos and videos be modified to remove or blur them.
• Please report potential offenses to any HOT officer or designee. Organizers, HOT officers, and/or designees may ban offenders from an activity at their sole
discretion, and shall inform any HOT officer as soon as possible for further action. HOT officers may at their sole discretion ban offenders from any specific activity, or suspend them from membership, and future activities. Reports of misconduct, bans, and suspensions shall be shared with the full HOT Board and be handled with confidentiality. The complainant will have anonymity unless it is waived by him/her/them.
• Suspension from membership and participation must be resolved by the HOT Board within three months, by reinstatement, probation, or expulsion.
• When a HOT event is hosted at a private residence, the owner/tenant of that residence may impose reasonable restrictions on the number of attendees, children, pets, alcohol, cigarettes, vape pens, etc.