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Code of Conduct

PFC’s membership and leadership encompass individuals with diverse backgrounds, skills, education, life experiences, and perspectives. PFC organizes and holds a variety of public meetings and activities that create numerous opportunities for individuals to meetboth in-person and virtually, such as in online forums and social media.In our governance, administrative, and public activities, all participants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of other participants and that encourages open dialogue and free inquiry. Passion, disagreement, and well-reasoned arguments are expected and welcomed, but rudeness and hostility are not. No topic should be off-limits or immune to rational inquiry and debate.

PFC prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during in-person and virtual interactions. Critical examination of statements or beliefs does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Any significantly disruptive conduct, including interrupting, heckling, yelling at, or threatening speakers or other attendees;

  • Abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s ability to enjoy and participate in the event; and

  • Harassment of, personal attacks on, and unfounded accusations against any participant based on sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, socioeconomic class, political affiliation, beliefs in or about religion, or any other protected group status as provided by local, state, or Federal law.

PFC has a zero-tolerance policy for hostile and harassing conduct. If an individual or group engages in such conduct, PFC will take appropriate remedial action. Such action will include an examination of the incident and context in which it occurred and consideration of steps that PFC should take to reduce the opportunity for such conduct. Additional actions may include, but are not limited to, expulsion from a specific event or online forum, revocation of PFC membership, and/or prohibition of participation with PFC. 

Persons who are the targets of, or witnesses to, hostile or harassing conduct should contact any PFC Director. PFC will promptly address all such reports.

In addition to these prohibitions, everyone involved with PFC is expected to abide by all applicable local, state, and Federal laws during PFC events.

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