Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Startup Grind Social Channels (Official, or Un-Official)


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Code of Conduct

“SG Connect” in this document refers to the Startup Grind Slack Team at, and all other unofficial group channels. “The administrators” refers to the Startup Grind HQ team of this organization as well as moderators of the groups, a list is available when filtering for “admins” in the Team Directory (must be a member of the organization to view).

SG Connect is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all SG Connect spaces, including public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the administrators.

Some SG Connect spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:


Conduct specific to recruitment activities

The SG Connect group, and its admins, acknowledge that finding skilled people Globally is a serious problem that needs serious attention. 

However, the SG Connect slack channel is first and foremost a safe space for people to talk, share and collaborate. Therefore, the following are specific conditions regarding recruitment, and recruitment opportunities.

We value being able to attract talent to our teams, and a brief message should allow it. New teams in particular are encouraged to post a "We're hiring" message.



If you are being harassed by a member of SG Connect, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an admin directly via DM. Administrators will respond as soon as they are able. If the person who is harassing you is on the admin team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident.

This code of conduct applies to SG Connect spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of SG Connect outside of our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by SG Connect members, especially the administrators, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from SG Connect based on their past behavior, including behavior outside SG Connect spaces and behavior towards people who are not members of the SG Connect community.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of SG Connect members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Acceptable Content

The SG Connect community is a collection of professionals, as such it is expected that the content made available by members of the community should at all times adhere to the acceptable content policy. This policy is intended to protect the community's image, as well as the image of its members, through restrictions on certain classes of content which may be deemed to be unsuitable in a work or family context.

Classes of content which we deem to be unsuitable include:

As a quick self-check, ask yourself whether you would like someone's child to see the content you are posting. If the answer is "no", then there's a good chance you shouldn't be posting it on the SG Connect community.



Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all SG Connect spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other SG Connect members and/or the general public.

Intentionally evading exclusions, bans, suspensions, restrictions, or otherwise interfering with the admin team's decisions and actions are not permitted.


Terms and Conditions

The Operators may, but are not obligated to, monitor or review any areas on the Slack where users transmit or post communications or communicate solely with each other, including but not limited to public and private channels, and the content of any such communications. The Operators, however, will have no liability related to the content of any such communications, whether or not arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy, obscenity, or otherwise. The Operators may edit or remove content on the the Slack at their discretion at any time.



If you feel there are aspects to this Code of Conduct which should be modified, please bring it up in the coc channel so that we can discuss it, or reach out directly to an Admin.



This Code of Conduct is based on the ZATech Code of Conduct which is heavily based on the LGBTQ in Tech Code of Conduct and the Offline First Code of Conduct for Slack.


updated: 26 July 2019