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Code of Conduct
While we strive to keep the number of hard and fast rules that we have to a minimum, certain types of behavior serve only to harm other participants or the event itself. Radical inclusion means that strangers are welcome to participate in our community; it does not mean tolerance of harmful behaviors.
This document identifies behaviors and actions that will not be tolerated at Playa del Fuego, Constellation or other events sponsored by FirePony Creative Society. A copy of the FPCS Code of Conduct will be on-site for FirePony Creative Society sponsored events in the Ranger and First Aid notebooks or other relevant locations. In addition, participants of any FirePony Creative Society-sponsored events are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws. (The terms herein are used in a commonsense manner and not necessarily as legal terms of art.)
Participants may report any incident in which another participant is behaving in an abusive, intimidating, threatening, or unsafe manner. Physical hazards, such as unsafe art installations or fires, should be referred to Rangers.
The following types of behavior are unacceptable at FirePony Creative Society-sponsored events, including, but not limited to, Playa del Fuego and Constellation:
- Consent violations, especially of an aggressive or sexual nature. This includes any kind of non-consensual physical contact with the body of another, regardless of claimed intent. This section also includes non-consensual intoxication (i.e. putting a drug into someone’s drink without their knowledge). The severity of response will depend on the type of conduct and the circumstances. FirePony Creative Society takes consent violations very seriously. If you aren’t sure, ask, and make sure you have enthusiastic consent!
- Stalking/Harassment. If someone asks you to leave them alone, do not continue to engage with them or follow them around. Verbal assaults, especially of a continued, aggressive, and/or sexual nature are harassment.
- Hate Speech. Anything that consists of an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of people defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
- Endangering others. Do not do things that will put others in serious danger or bring prohibited items (such as fireworks not authorized by the fire team) to an event. While we all accept that attending events like Constellation presents risks, disregarding basic safety rules is not acceptable. An example would be spinning fire without a safety after being reminded not to do so.
- Entering the event without invitation. All participants, volunteers, Board Members, landowners, etc. gain entry to our events by purchasing tickets, or as a vendor under contract with FirePony Creative Society Any other entry will be considered trespassing.
- Destruction, using, or taking of property. If it is not yours, leave it alone, unless you have the consent of the owner of the property. Consent may be implied where there is a clear intent to “gift” items, but if in doubt, verbal confirmation is encouraged. This section includes theft, deliberate destruction of property, and vandalism.
- Incidents Occurring Previously, or Outside of FirePony Creative Society-sponsored Events. The Board may consider the following in relation to the ability to participate in future events: patterns of behavior (including stalking or harassment), history of prior misconduct, alleged criminal acts, or violations of these policies (or similar policies at other events), and criminal charges or protective orders that have been filed against the participant when they come to our attention.
The most severe penalty our community can impose on a participant for such behavior is ejection from the event or a suspension from participation in one or more future FirePony Creative Society-sponsored events (such as Playa del Fuego and Constellation). Other actions, such as a warning or a removal from volunteering in a safety-sensitive volunteer position, are also possible. (Obviously, the legal system may impose other sanctions for some actions.)
Nothing herein is intended to or shall waive the right of the Board of Directors of FirePony Creative Society to restrict the access to FirePony Creative Society events of an individual or entity as it may determine, in its sole discretion, is warranted.
Updated and Adopted: April 2018