Code of Conduct


For the purposes of maintainability:

  • "Community leaders" refers to any Director or Officer of River City Labs Makerspace NFP duly elected by the membership according to the bylaws.

Our Pledge

We as members, contributors, and leaders pledge to make participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of:

  • age

  • body size

  • visible or invisible disability

  • ethnicity

  • sex characteristics

  • gender identity and expression

  • education

  • socio-economic status

  • nationality

  • personal appearance

  • race

  • caste

  • color

  • religion

  • sexual identity and orientation

  • relationship status and style

  • level of experience

  • chosen craft

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment for our community include:

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people

  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences

  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback

  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience

  • Focusing on what is best not just for us as individuals, but for the overall community

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind

  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks

  • Public or private harassment

  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission


Report all Injuries/Incidents

  • Immediately report ALL accidents, injuries, or incidents to a makerspace director.

  • Immediately discontinue use of the tool(s) or equipment if it becomes unsafe, damaged, or is not working properly; notify a makerspace director.

Safe Conduct Agreement

  • Be aware of locations of first aid, fire, and safety equipment.

  • Use the space and equipment safely and leave the space and equipment in clean and working condition.

  • Work and behave in a way that protects your own safety and the safety of others.

  • Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

  • Ask for help when you are uncertain how to use equipment.

  • Never use a tool unless you’ve been trained to use it safely.

  • Do not work when tired or in a hurry

  • Do not operate machinery while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Use Protective Gear & Dress Right

  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around moving or rotating machinery.

  • Remove ties, jewelry, lanyards, etc., especially around moving or rotating machinery.

  • Tie back long hair.

  • Wear suitable gloves when handling hot objects or sharp-edged items.

  • Wear suitable eye and face protection when using machines that throw debris or blind you instantly

Use Tools Correctly

  • Use tools how they are designed to be used.

  • Never use a broken tool. Report any broken tools or machinery to a makerspace director immediately.

  • Do not remove tools from the Makerspace.

  • Never walk away from a tool that is still on.

  • Never tamper with a tool’s safety features. Operate machinery according to recommended procedures and with safety guards in place, as applicable.

Clean Up

  • Clean up after yourself; leave the area clean and tidy.

  • Clean and return all tools to where you got them.

  • Shut off and unplug machines when cleaning.

  • Never use a rag near moving machinery.

  • Use a brush, hook, or a special tool to remove chips, shavings, etc., from the work area. Never use your hands.

  • Keep fingers clear of the point of operation of machines by using special tools or devices, such as push sticks, hooks, pliers, etc.

  • Keep the floor around machinery clean, dry, and free from trip hazards.

  • Clean up spills immediately and put a chair or cone over them if they are wet enough to cause someone to slip.

  • Be respectful of the physical space your project takes up and make sure it doesn't infringe on another member's project.

Enforcement Responsibilities

Community leaders are responsible for clarifying and enforcing our standards of acceptable behavior and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Community leaders have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate.


This Code of Conduct applies within all community spaces, and also applies when an individual is officially representing the community in public spaces. Examples of representing our community include using an official e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to the community leaders responsible for enforcement at All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

All community leaders are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the reporter of any incident.

Enforcement Guidelines

Community leaders will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:

1. Correction

Community Impact: Use of inappropriate language or other behavior deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.

Consequence: A private, written warning from community leaders, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate. A public apology may be requested.

2. Warning

Community Impact: A violation through a single incident or series of actions.

Consequence: A warning with consequences for continued behavior. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, for a specified period of time. This includes avoiding interactions in community spaces as well as external channels like social media. Violating these terms may lead to a temporary or permanent ban.

3. Temporary Ban

Community Impact: A serious violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior.

Consequence: A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with the community for a specified period of time. No public or private interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, is allowed during this period. Violating these terms may lead to a permanent ban.

4. Permanent Ban

Community Impact: Demonstrating a pattern of violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior, harassment of an individual, or aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.

Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.1, available at

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