Code of Conduct

The New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA)  is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.


This code of conduct applies to all NZGDA spaces, including the mailing list, official website, Facebook group, the NZGDC conference, and all other NZGDA managed spaces both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the board.

Some NZGDA 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, but is not limited to:

– Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
– Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those – related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
– Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
– Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
– Physical contact without consent or after a request to stop.
– Threats of violence.

– Impersonation of other individuals or organisations.
– Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
– Deliberate intimidation.
– Stalking or following.
– Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
– Sustained disruption of discussion.
– Unwelcome sexual attention.
– Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
– Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
– Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
– Publication of non-harassing private communication.


Harassment will not be tolerated within the NZGDA.

TLDR; In short, “Be Excellent to Each Other”. Any NZGDA members (or member guests) found to be acting in bad faith are subject to expulsion from the organisation and all associated venues, both online and in real life.

Reporting
If you are being harassed by a member of the New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA), notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the NZGDA Board at report@nzgda.com. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we are able.


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

In order to protect volunteers 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 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 NZGDA members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the NZGDA Board may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all NZGDA spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other NZGDA members or the general public.

For more information, please see the full list of NZGDA Rules rules-of-the-nzgda-incorporated