Code of Conduct

SHORT VERSION OF CODE OF CONDUCT

This anti­-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

Pipeline Angels is dedicated to providing a harassment­-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, ethnicity/race, nationality, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of, including microaggressions against, participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all Pipeline Angels spaces, including our mailing list, social media channels and communities, signature angel investing bootcamp, workshops, and events (including, however, not limited to: Meet Pipeline Angels, Friends of Pipeline Angels, Conferences, Pitch Summits, Portfolio Showcases, Member Graduations, Reunions), both online and in­-person. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Pipeline Angels support team.

Some Pipeline Angels 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.

LONG VERSION OF CODE OF CONDUCT

This anti­-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

Pipeline Angels 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 Pipeline Angels spaces, including our mailing list, social media channels and communities, signature angel investing bootcamp, workshops, and events (including, however, not limited to: Meet Pipeline Angels, Friends of Pipeline Angels, Conferences, Pitch Summits, Portfolio Showcases, Member Graduations, Reunions), both online and in­-person. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Pipeline Angels support team.

Some Pipeline Angels 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:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, ethnicity/race, nationality, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s needs, choices, and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, medications and treatments, as well as employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off­topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (for example, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence toward 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 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.
  • Microaggressions

Pipeline Angels prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The Pipeline Angels support team will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’-isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communication in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Calling out racist, sexist, cissexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of Pipeline Angels, or anyone else associated with Pipeline Angels (for example, workshop and/or Conference speaker, portfolio company founder, event attendee), notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Pipeline Angels support team at support@pipelineangels.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 can.

While this code of conduct applies to Pipeline Angels spaces, if you are being harassed by a member of Pipeline Angels, or anyone else associated with Pipeline Angels (for example, workshop and/or Conference speaker, portfolio company founder, event attendee), outside of our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good­-faith reports of harassment by the Pipeline Angels community, especially members seriously. This includes harassment outside of our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The Pipeline Angels support team reserves the right to exclude people from participating in Pipeline Angels spaces based on their past behavior, including behavior outside of Pipeline Angels spaces and behavior toward people who are not in or affiliated with Pipeline Angels.

In order to protect the Pipeline Angels support team 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 those who experience 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 Pipeline Angels members, supporters, or the general public. We will not name those who report and/or experience harassment 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 Pipeline Angels support team may take any action it deems appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Pipeline Angels spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Pipeline Angels members, supporters, or the general public.