The code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the OpenCon community, both online and in-person, as well as steps for reporting unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honored. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be asked to leave the community. All participants are required to review the Code of Conduct when registering for the conference, whether attending in person or online.
The code of conduct communicates that harassment is not tolerated in the community, and lists types and examples of harassment (e.g. discrimination on the basis of identity and background, sexual harassment, intimidation, etc.) Sections of the OpenCon 2016 Code of Conduct included:
Access the full OpenCon Code of Conduct here.
A clear reporting process is included in the Code of Conduct webpage. Conference attendees are given a list of people they can contact to report violations of the Code of Conduct including their email addresses and phone numbers. We also specify what to include in a report: the reporter’s contact information, names of the individuals involved, an account of what happened, and a link if there is documentation of the incident. We communicate that all requests for confidentiality will be respected. We would suggest having multiple code of conduct contacts, of different genders, seniority levels, and racial backgrounds to help ensure those who have a violation to report feel comfortable doing so. We encourage organizers to be thoughtful about who they are choosing as point people in the reporting process: what kinds of complaints might you receive, and who would people feel comfortable reporting these violations to? For instance, a female participant may feel more comfortable reporting sexual harassment to a female point person.
Based off participant feedback, we noted a few key areas for improving the OpenCon Code of Conduct in 2017:
Additional Factors to Consider