The organising team are committed to making this conference accessible and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. We hope that the attendees understand that this means that everyone is responsible for upholding the these values. This means that we expect that all attendees are committed to respectful, kind and collegiate behaviour during the conference and conference related events. Moving to an online format does not change our expectations, in fact we encourage kindness more than ever in light of these times.
We are committed to making participation in this conference a harassment-free experience.
We will not accept harassment or other exclusionary behaviors at the conference, any associated events (including those not hosted at Columbia University) and any conference related follow up. Harassment or exclusionary behvaiours include but are not limited to:
- The use of sexualized language or imagery
- Excessive profanity (please avoid curse words; people differ greatly in their sensitivity to swearing)
- Posting sexually explicit or violent material
- Violent or intimidating threats or language directed against another person
- Inappropriate physical contact and/or unwelcome sexual attention or sexual comments
- Sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language
- Trolling or insulting and derogatory comments
- Written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership in a specific group, including level of experience, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurotype, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or nationality
- Public or private harassment
- Sharing private content, such as emails sent privately or non-publicly, or direct message history, without the sender’s consent
- Continuing to initiate interaction (such as photography, recording, messaging, or conversation) with someone after being asked to stop
- Sustained disruption of talks, events, or communications, such as heckling of a speaker
- Publishing (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”), such as physical or electronic addresses, without explicit permission
- Other unethical or unprofessional conduct
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviors
Reporting and enforcement
If you witness or experience a code of conduct violation, we encourage you to contact our response team
When you contact a member of our team, we encourage you to identify if you would prefer for certain members of the team to not be contacted due to conflicts of interest.
Once a complaint has been made, we endeavor to respond with 12 hours. The team member who recieves the complaint will contact other members on the team (unless specifically requested otherwise). Together the team will discuss the incident, gather any other information necessary and respond as promptly as possible.
Possible responses range from privately reprimand to exclusion from the remander of the conference. The outcome of the complaint will be communicated to the initial person who made the complaint.
All complaints will be kept confidential within the response team. Any planned break of confidentiality will be discussed with the person who made the complaint before the break is made.
We encourage all members to seek assistance from the police or Columbia security for response to urgent, threatening or illegal behaviours.
This code of conduct has been adapted from the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.