Code of Conduct

All community participants – including members and guests of members, event hosts, sponsors, presenters, exhibitors and attendees – are expected to abide by this code of conduct.

By becoming a member of Dames Making Games, or attending or hosting any DMG event in any capacity, you agree to abide by this code of conduct, and cooperate with organizers who enforce it.

Expected Behavior

We insist that everyone who uses the space remains mindful of, and takes responsibility for, their speech and behavior. This includes:

  • Prioritizing the expression of people who are marginalized in tech and game spaces, especially those whom DMG specifically serves: trans and cis women, genderqueer, nonbinary and Two Spirit people; people who are racialized, neurodiverse, and/or have disabilities.
  • Always acting out of respect and concern for the free expression of others.
  • Actively listening to others and not dominating discussions.
  • Respecting physical and emotional boundaries. Always ask before touching, and check in before discussing topics that may be triggering.
  • Not making assumptions about identity, experiences, or preferred pronouns.
  • Not using words that are racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, transphobic, cissexist or ableist.
  • Humbly accepting respectful correction (or correcting yourself!), keeping in mind that the impact of your words on other people is more important than your intent.

Unacceptable Behavior

We believe that failing to address dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege alienates and further victimizes our members and prevents us from creating the safe equitable space we want.

We do not tolerate oppressive behavior, harassment, destructive behavior, or exclusionary actions.

Oppressive behavior: any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of identity, background, or ability. This includes publicly sympathizing with hate groups or endorsing political beliefs that contradict our values.

Harassment: deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; disruption of events; aggressive, slanderous, derogatory, or threatening comments online or in person; and unwanted physical or electronic contact or sexual attention.

Destructive behavior: damaging or altering any part of the building, inside or out, including furniture and equipment; damaging, altering or using other people's belongings, including personal computers and digital content or code created by other people (unless you have their consent).

Exclusionary actions: denying certain participants opportunities to share views, skills and other contributions; engaging in favoritism; and creating or reinforcing an inequitable learning environment.

If you are being – or have been at any point in the past – harassed by a member of the DMG community, or someone who attends events at our space, we want to know about it. This includes harassment that happens outside our spaces and events. DMG may choose to exclude people from events and membership based on their past behavior, including behavior outside our spaces and behavior towards people who are not part of the DMG community.

How to Report a Violation or Discuss a Concern


Anyone‭ ‬asked‭ ‬to‭ ‬stop‭ ‬unacceptable‭ ‬behavior‭ ‬is‭ ‬expected‭ ‬to‭ ‬comply‭ ‬immediately.

DMG is a private space and we reserve the right to remove any person at any time for any reason. We are ultimately responsible to victims and the DMG community.

Anyone who engages in sustained or repeated ‬unacceptable behavior may be sanctioned ‬or‭ ‬permanent‭ly ‬expelled‭ ‬from‭ ‬the‭ ‬community‭ ‬without‭ ‬warning‭ (‬and‭ ‬without‭ ‬refund‭ ‬in‭ ‬the‭ ‬case‭ ‬of‭ ‬a‭ ‬paid‭ ‬event‭)‬.

By registering for or hosting an event, you agree to make your name visible to event organizers and facility staff. This visibility helps maintain the safety of our space. Anyone not registered for an event may be denied entry at the discretion of the event host.

Last revised: March 7, 2019