Code of conduct

This policy is a living document, and subject to refinement and expansion in the future. It was last updated on September 1st, 2018.

Everyone participating in the Step One community is required to agree to the following Code of Conduct.

Step One is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the community at the discretion of the Step One team.


Harassment includes:

Step One prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Step One reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:


Participants in the community asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Step One may take any action we deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Step One spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Step One community members or the general public.

Reporting and Enforcement

If you are being harassed by a member of the Step One community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us immediately via email at

If the person who is harassing you is a member of staff, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident.

All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence. We will respond as promptly as we can.

Thank You

This policy was based on resources provided by XOXO. This policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. We encourage other communities to adopt (and enforce) similar policies by using and remixing ours.