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4 Code of Conduct

Science thrives on diversity of thought and origin, so we value the participation of every member of the scientific community and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to other members throughout the course, in group work and any other activity associated with this course.

To make clear what is expected, everyone taking part in this course is required to conform to the following Code of Conduct, including instructors, helpers, organizers, and participants. Organizers will enforce this Code as the course proceeds, but you may also wish to contact us privately. Note that all communication will be treated as confidential.

We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. As such, we do not tolerate behaviour that is disrespectful to our teachers or learners, or that excludes, intimidates, or causes discomfort to others. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on characteristics that include, but are not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, citizenship, nationality, ethnic or social origin, pregnancy, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, religion or belief (or lack thereof), membership of a national minority, property, age, education, socio-economic status, technical choices, and experience level.

Everyone who participates in activities associated with this course is required to conform to this Code of Conduct. It applies to all spaces associated with this course, including, but not limited to, group work, emails, and any online forums such as GitHub or Twitter. By taking part, participants indicate their acceptance of the procedures by which the instructors and organizers resolves any incidents.

4.1 Expected Behavior

All course participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to others. All interactions should be professional regardless of platform: either online or in-person. In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment, we encourage the following kinds of behaviours in all interactions during this course:

  • Be kind and aware of your words.
  • Use welcoming and inclusive language.
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences.
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism.
  • Focus on what is best for the course members and the community overall.
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other course members.

See the four social rules for further recommendations and details on proper behaviour.

4.2 Unacceptable Behavior

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • Written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership of any specific group.
  • Causing someone to fear for their safety, such as through stalking, following, or intimidation.
  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Displays of sexual or violent images.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Non-consensual or unwelcome physical contact.
  • Sustained disruption of talks, events, or communications.
  • Insults or put-downs.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exclusionary jokes.
  • Excessive swearing.
  • Incitement to violence, suicide, or self-harm.
  • Continuing to initiate interaction (including photography or recording) with someone after being asked to stop.
  • Publication of private communication without consent.

4.3 Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Participants who are asked, either in person or online, to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in behaviour that violates this Code of Conduct, the organizers, instructors, or helpers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the course.

Thank you for helping make sure this a welcoming and friendly event for all 😄

Acknowledgements: Large portions of this Code of Conduct were taken and modified from other Codes of Conduct, specifically Software Carpentry and UofTCoders.