Code of Conduct

"My conception of a public service club is a body whose members shall have entire confidence in each other’s regard for the public welfare, however diverse their views of obtaining it—their views, in fact, being as diverse as possible in order that no point of view may be missed."
–Edward F. Adams, Founder of The Commonwealth Club, 1903

The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's premier public forum and the oldest major cultural institution in San Francisco. The Club embodies the democratic values of free and open debate and was founded in 1903 as a public service club. The Commonwealth Club thrives today as a hub of social, intellectual and educational interaction in the Bay Area.

As stated in our founding charter, those attending Commonwealth Club events and utilizing its facilities will respect the rights and dignity of others. We do not permit language or any action that might hurt or frighten another person. All those working on behalf of the Club (including, but not limited to, staff, security personnel, volunteers, private contractors and freelancers) are committed to treating one another, members and guests equitably and with respect; we appreciate you treating the Club, its staff, volunteers, security personnel and other guests equitably with courtesy and respect at all times. 

No personally offensive comments related to gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; no sexual images in public spaces, real or implied violence, intimidation, oppression, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention will be tolerated. 

Identification and Ticketing 
Members and guests are required to check in at the front desk and receive a ticket for each event they would like to attend. We ask that members and guests identify themselves to staff when asked and be able to produce identification upon request.  

Club staff members and volunteers are eager to be of assistance to all of our attendees. Members and guests should not hesitate to ask a staff member or volunteer if any assistance is needed. 

The Club reserves the right to make exceptions to our check-in policy to meet special needs of our members and guests. 

Safety and Security 
The Commonwealth Club is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. The Club has on-site security personnel to ensure the safety of all our visitors. To promote the well-being of all, we ask individuals to follow all security and safety instructions. 

For some controversial programs or speakers, we may have additional security procedures or personnel on-site. These will be noted in advance. 

Membership Privileges 
The Commonwealth Club reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person for any reason. Suspension or termination of Club membership or guest privileges may result from a violation of the Club's Code of Conduct.