Harassment Policy

Scope of Applicability

The Project Horseshoe Code of Professional Conduct and this Harassment Policy apply to all attendees and staff at Project Horseshoe, and at all unofficial Horseshoe alumni gatherings at other times in the year.

Our definition of harassment may not necessarily align with legal definitions of harassment. This table lays out our definition:

Harassment Includes, But Is Not Limited To In Relation To, But Not Limited To
  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Unwelcome physical touch
  • Physical assault and/or battery
  • Inappropriate photography or recording Or posting without consent to Social Media
  • Sustained disruption of workgroup discussions, games, or other activities
  • Unwelcome physical attention
  • Repeated, unwelcome teasing, taunting, or other comments
  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin or citizenship
  • Gender identity or presentation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Imigration status
  • Age
  • Body size or other physical attributes
  • Disability
  • Appearance
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy
  • Veteran status

As a forum for intellectual exploration, harassment at Project Horseshoe expressly does not include respectful disagreement or critique in good faith. We encourage constructive disagreement, but it is each of our responsibilities to always demonstrate that such disagreement is well-intentioned, welcoming of response, and not a veiled attack. If a conversation gets heated and you’re not sure whether someone is taking or intending things personally, it is good to take a moment to check in with each other.

Project Horseshoe also recognizes that participants may have disagreements or interpersonal conflicts that do not necessarily escalate to the point of harassment. Project Horseshoe will not arbitrate feuds. We ask that you please leave these conflicts at the door to the extent that you are able. If, however, conflicts escalate to the point that they threaten participant safety or otherwise violate our Code of Conduct or other conference policies, then they will be treated accordingly.

Protections and Consequences at Project Horseshoe

If you are the target of harassment, we will work with you to provide necessary support. We will provide escort, offer a safe place, contact local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of Project Horseshoe.

Failure to adhere to this code of conduct at Horseshoe may result in:

  • Mediation by conference organizers
  • A verbal warning
  • Removal from Project Horseshoe. No refunds will be offered.
  • Temporary or permanent exclusion from Project Horseshoe
  • Contacting law enforcement


Suspension of participation in the Project Horseshoe event and community may be appealed by the individual who has been removed. Appeals will be reviewed and decided by the Project Horseshoe Advisory Board, or other such body designated by Project Horseshoe management.