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Code of Conduct

A safe and welcoming environment is a prerequisite for learning. We therefore expect all workshop participants, instructors, and helpers to be respectful of other participants and do their part to create a positive atmosphere for the workshops. The Northwestern Student Code of Conduct applies, but as this is a mixed event, we want to be clear about expectations.

We expect participants to abide by this code of conduct. Those who fail to do so may be asked to leave the workshop. Participants can ask instructors or helpers for help enforcing the code, or contact Christina Maimone or Jon Atwell for assistance.

The workshop sponsors are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. However, we recognize that some groups in our community are subject to historical and ongoing discrimination, and may be vulnerable or disadvantaged. Membership in such a specific group can be on the basis of characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, sex, color, ethnic or social origin, pregnancy, citizenship, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, age, or choice of text editor. We do not tolerate harassment of participants on the basis of these categories, or for any other reason.

Harassment is any form of behaviour intended to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort. Because we are a diverse community, we may have different ways of communicating and of understanding the intent behind actions. Therefore we have chosen to prohibit certain forms of behaviour in our community, regardless of intent. Prohibited harassing behaviour includes but is not limited to:

  • written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership of a specific group listed above
  • causing someone to fear for their safety, such as through stalking, following, or intimidation
  • the display of sexual or violent images
  • unwelcome sexual attention
  • nonconsensual or unwelcome physical contact
  • sustained disruption of talks, events or communications
  • 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

The list above should not be taken as exhaustive but rather as a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the communities in which we participate.

Enforcement of the Code of Conduct will be respectful and not include any harassing behaviors.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly community for all.

This code of conduct is a modified version of that used by The Carpentries, which was modified from that used at PyCon, which in turn is forked from a template written by the Ada Initiative and hosted on the Geek Feminism Wiki.