ARC Inc. seeks to create a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for everyone in our community, whatever their background. We are guided at every level by our values of good sportsmanship, respect, responsibility, inclusivity and trust.
Our community does not just include our members. Building a community that supports these values is a collaborative effort that involves everyone who participates in our games and activities, and all of our members. As such, we endeavour to encourage and promote the values of ARC Inc. through our activities and through our relationships with participants and the wider community.
This code of conduct outlines our basic expectations for participant behaviour as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
Because we engage in emotional roleplaying, our events can have an effect on a player’s emotional state. Despite this, we still expect the code of conduct to be followed.
In addition, members and participants in ARC Inc. activities must comply with all relevant laws, policies and procedures at all times.
As ARC members, we will:
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others, in private and in public.
- Respect and support other people’s consent and boundaries, including the boundaries of game organisers.
- Be considerate of other people’s backgrounds, even when we do not understand them.
- Accept responsibility for our actions at all times, especially when they hurt people.
- Be aware, within reason, of the the emotional state of the people around us.
- Respect and support players who are distressed, where possible, and be willing to pause our activities when needed.
- Be aware of our own mental health and wellbeing, and be proactive in caring for ourselves.
- Respect the authority of position holders. Pursue disagreements through appropriate rules and guidelines.
- Be respectful of private information that is shared with us, especially as pertains to health, disability, mental illness, trauma, and sexual or gender identity.
- Listen and change our behaviour when we say or do something hurtful, regardless of our intentions.
- Address issues and concerns we may have with ARC Inc., its committee or its membership in a reasonable manner.
- Abide by rules, regulations and policies set by ARC.
When participating in games, we will:
- Practice good-sportsmanship, and remember that people are more important than games.
- Obey any game-specific rules and use game mechanics in good faith.
- Attempt to understand the rules and seek clarification when in doubt.
- Follow the game’s stated aims in terms of how to manage knowledge you possess which your character doesn’t (i.e. meta-knowledge).
- Endeavour to make our games and activities enjoyable and satisfying for participants, and to foster a spirit of fun and trust in our community.
- Accept that what is fun for us may not be as enjoyable to others.
- Base our playstyle and expectations on the style guide for the game/campaign.
As game organisers and coordinators, we will:
- Treat people fairly, compassionately and with respect.
- Identify our conflicts of interest to the committee when dealing with disciplinary matters and, where possible, recuse ourselves from decision making.
- Avoid favouritism or the appearance of favouritism.
ARC, Inc. takes a zero-tolerance approach towards intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct towards members, participants, and those we interact with in the course of our activities.
Zero-tolerance means that when any of these behaviours take place between members or at an ARC Inc. event, it will be investigated and disciplinary action will be taken if required.
- offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, parental and economic status, and criminal record;
- deliberate intimidation, stalking or following;
- harassing photography or recording;
- sustained disruption of events;
- disregard for the boundaries and consent of other participants, members, and community-members;
- inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces;
- inappropriate physical contact, and
- unwelcome sexual attention.
Harassment can also include behaviour such as consistently taking an aggressive or antagonistic approach to another player’s characters in game environments, sometimes known as ‘griefing’.
These behaviours are not always intentional, but they are always unacceptable – even when they come about accidentally or through miscommunication.
Breaching the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action ranging from a warning through to termination of membership. Criminal matters will be referred to the police.