Code of conduct

This code of conduct is copied and adapted from the code of conduct used at the 2nd Intl. RSE Leaders Workshop 2020, adapted from Collaborations Workshop 2020 (CC-BY-NC 2.5 license) which was adapted from the example policy at the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers (CC-0 license). The procedure for reporting harassment has been adopted from the Ada Initiative's guide titled "workshop anti-harassment/Responding to Reports".

We value the participation of each stakeholder and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to other participants throughout the event and through all communication channels.

To make clear what is expected, all participants, speakers, organisers and volunteers at this online get-together are required to conform to the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.


We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of workshop participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Behave professionally. Remember that harassment, unprofessional remarks and messages, and exclusionary jokes are not appropriate at this event.

Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organisers.

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


Harassment includes offensive communication related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that words can be offensive to those around you. Offensive jokes are not acceptable at this event. Excessive swearing is not appropriate at this event.

If a participant engages in behaviour that violates this code of conduct, the workshop organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the workshop.

Procedure for reporting harassment

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any member of the code of conduct committee via email or direct message using the workshop Slack chat:

  • Samantha Wittke (
  • Jarno Rantaharju (
  • Radovan Bast (

Report the harassment incident via email to a member of the code of conduct committee. All reports are confidential.

When reporting the event to a code of conduct committee member, try to gather as much information as available, but do not interview people about the incident. The committee member will assist you in writing the report/collecting information.

The important information we need consists of:

  • Identifying information (name) of the participant doing the harassing
  • The behaviour that was potentially in violation
  • The approximate time of the behaviour (if different than the time the report was made)
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Other people involved in the incident

After the code of conduct committee receives a report, a decision will be made as quickly as possible and any decisions made by the code of conduct will be enforced immediately.