PSPnO Code of Conduct

1. Purpose

1.1 A primary goal of the PSPnO group is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors and voices, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. The group was founded by Oxford boaters but welcomes all who are opposed to the use of a PSPO on the waterways. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).
1.2 This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. We invite all those who participate in PSPnO to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
1.3 This Code of Conduct is to be read alongside the PSPnO Constitution.

2. Waterways Community Citizenship

2.1 A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase citizenship and solidarity in the waterways community by encouraging participants to recognise and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.
2.2 This specific community exists to represent the views of our associated membership, rather than any individual member.
2.3 Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.
2.4 At a broader level, we expect group members to treat the waterways and other waterway users with respect and act to promote the positive aspects of our community. We request that group members act in pro-social ways with respect to the community and the environment.
2.5 We request that any individual group member struggling to achieve these aims approach the community for support.

3. Expected Behaviour

The following behaviours are expected and requested of all community members:
3.1 Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
3.2 Be mindful that we aim to be a united front for Oxford waterways users who are opposed to a PSPO for Oxford’s waterways and our meetings aim to campaign on behalf of this community..
3.3 We are a campaign group and as such it is important that our communications reflect a unified message. If speaking about the group then make it clear that you are speaking as a member of, but not on behalf of the group. Refer all queries on group statements to nominated PSPnO spokespeople only.
3.4 It is possible that damage to the campaign could arise from details of campaign strategy reaching people who are promoting the use of a PSPO. To limit this possibility we ask that members do not pass on PSPnO campaign details that have not been publicly published to non-group members. This includes minutes and documents.
3.5 Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
3.6 Attempt collaboration before conflict.
3.7 Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
3.8 Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
3.9 Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

4. Unacceptable Behaviour

The following behaviours are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:
4.1 Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
4.2 Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
4.3 Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
4.4 Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
4.5 Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
4.6 Inappropriate photography or recording.
4.7 Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
4.8 Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, but is not limited to, sexualised comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcome sexual advances.
4.9 Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
4.10 Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
4.11 Sustained disruption of community events, including meetings, talks and presentations.

5. Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

5.1 Unacceptable behaviour from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.
5.2 Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
5.3 If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour, the community or meeting organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

6. Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify the PSPnO committee as soon as possible via

Code of Conduct based on: