Rules of Conduct

Rules of Conduct

All members, participants, or attendees (hereafter participants) of Toronto Knitters Guild meetings, functions, or events (hereafter functions) are expected to read and abide by these Rules of Conduct. Any participant who is not conducting themselves in accordance with these Rules, as determined by a member of the Executive or other person designated by a member of the Executive (hereafter Executive), may be asked to leave the function*.

Participants will:

1. Show respect for the rights of others and their rights to enjoy the function.
2. Turn off cell phones and pagers, or put them on vibrate-only mode if they must be left on. If a call must be taken, participants should leave the room as quietly as possible so as not to disturb the other participants.
3. Not behave in a manner which, in the judgement of the Executive, causes a disturbance to other participants. Examples of such behaviour include, but are not limited to, loud, boisterous, or disruptive behaviour; talking to others in a way that interferes with their enjoyment of the function; and/or harassment, intimidation, or threatening any participant by word or act.
4. Not use any sexually explicit, harmful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially, or ethnically offensive language.

At in-person monthly meetings, participants will:

1. If late to arrive, seat themselves in as quiet and unobtrusive a way as possible so as not to disturb the meeting.
2. If intending to leave early, take a seat nearer to the door so as to leave in as quiet and unobtrusive a way as possible. Participants are encouraged to remain until the meeting is closed.
3. Inform the Master of Ceremonies (MC)** prior to the meeting of items they wish to have announced, so that the MC can make the announcement. Inclusion or refusal of the item will be at the discretion of the MC.
4. If they wish to present items for Show + Tell, sign up with the MC before the meeting. Speaking time or number of items may be limited due to an unusually large number of persons wishing to speak, or a long agenda, or for any other reason deemed necessary by the MC.

At virtual meetings or events, participants will:

1. Use the mute function of the event platform or mute their device if their environment is noisy.
2. Use the Q&A function where practical to ask questions of the Panelists.
3. Use the Chat function to send messages to individuals or all Attendees.
4. Not use any sexually explicit, harmful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially, or ethnically  offensive language, whether verbal or on chat. Images displayed in lieu of video camera should also follow these rules of conduct.

* Participants in violation of the Rules, as determined by the Executive, will be given two warnings, either verbal or written. On the third warning, the Participant will be notified that if s/he must be warned again, s/he will be asked to leave that function.
** Throughout this document, Master of Ceremonies (MC) refers to Guild President or designated alternate.