Code of Conduct

Last updated July 6, 2020

At the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, diversity, equity and inclusion matter. Pediatric brain tumors do not discriminate, and we strive to ensure a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for every family impacted by this disease, our supporters, volunteers, staff, board, and anyone committed to helping care for and cure kids with brain tumors.

The PBTF community is made up of a network of individuals who share this commitment to eradicate pediatric brain tumors, and the collective sum of our differences, life experiences, knowledge, creativity, innovation, and unique capabilities are key to achieving our mission.

It is of utmost importance that every person who engages with the PBTF community has a positive and rewarding experience, and each of us shares a responsibility to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment.

PBTF events are a key aspect of fostering this environment while fundraising for children with brain tumors and their families. We refuse to tolerate or engage in any form of discrimination or harassment at events and are dedicated to providing an inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, nationality, ethnicity, religion, physical appearance, body size, or other protected category.

When you participate in an event hosted by PBTF you are contributing to the overall experience, which makes us all accountable to each other. We have established this Code of Conduct to provide guidelines to community members and to ensure that all community members understand what behavior is expected and what behavior will not be tolerated.

The PBTF expects all community members to abide by this Code of Conduct at events, including event-related activities and meetings and in related online communities and social media. If you have any questions about this Code of Conduct, please email info@curethekids.org.

Our events are family-friendly and non-political, and volunteers and participants are expected to:

  • Be respectful to all community members, with an aim to help promote a greater understanding of and respect for the diversity and inclusion of everyone.
  • Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  • Cooperate with PBTF staff, volunteers, and other participants.
  • Work together with an open approach to help families and find a cure for brain tumors.

Unacceptable behavior from any community member will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Wearing inappropriately descriptive clothing, displaying flags, badges or stickers that contain discriminatory symbols or language that has a negative connotation to a protected group.
  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech, materials, or conduct by any participants of the event and related event activities.
  • Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • Taking of photos or video within the event environment for use on social media, without the prior permission of the individuals or owners of the content therein.
  • Any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior, or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the event venue or organizer.

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If someone engages in unacceptable behavior, PBTF may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the individual from the event with no refund. For more egregious behavior, PBTF may, in its reasonable discretion, temporarily or permanently ban an individual from the community.

If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify PBTF staff as soon as possible. PBTF staff will be available to assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the event. All reports will remain completely confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, please email info@curethekids.org.

This Code of Conduct is the product of PBTF’s commitment to create and nurture a diverse, welcoming, safe, and inclusive experience for kids with brain tumors, their families and the entire PBTF community. The framework of this Code of Conduct was inspired by the Open Source Bridge Code of Conduct, released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license, and the Google Anti-Harassment Policy, licensed under the Creative Commons Zero License.

Thank you for sharing our commitment to this Code of Conduct and to the children and families we serve. Together, we will care, cure, thrive.