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HOW WE WORK TOGETHER AT THE iSAQB®

Code of Conduct 

Purpose

A Code of Conduct has several purposes.

Generally, at iSAQB, we want everyone to express themselves and speak their mind. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, or reminded of hurtful events. People in tech are often unaware that things they do or say in their daily lives at home in the context of a larger event or community might hurt or insult others. The Code of Conduct gives information and guide­lines on  how people should behave to achieve these goals.

A secondary purpose is to send a clear message to people interested in the iSAQB that its community is welcoming and open, in parti­cular to people under­re­pre­sented in tech.

Finally, its purpose is to guide organizers of events and moderators of iSAQB-related spaces in how they should encourage and, if necessary, enforce the Code of Conduct.

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is *not* to restrict the freedom of expression, as far as it does not impinge on others’ rights and well-being, or to exclude people from the community based on personal animosity.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expec­ta­tions for all those who parti­cipate in our community, as well as the conse­quences for unaccep­table behavior.

We invite all those who parti­cipate in our events to help us create safe and positive experi­ences for everyone.

Goals & Behaviour

Open Architecture Community

A supple­mental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase the open architecture community by encou­raging parti­ci­pants to recognize and strengthen the relati­onships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Commu­nities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encou­rages all parti­ci­pants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.

Expected Behavior

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Parti­cipate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.

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Exercise consi­de­ration and respect in your speech and actions.

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Attempt colla­bo­ration before conflict.

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Refrain from demeaning, discri­mi­natory, or harassing behavior and speech.

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Be mindful of your surroun­dings and of your fellow parti­ci­pants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or viola­tions of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unaccep­table Behavior

Unaccep­table behaviors include: intimi­dating, harassing, abusive, discri­mi­natory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any parti­cipant in our community online, at all related events and in one-on-one commu­ni­ca­tions carried out in the context of community business. Community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: harmful or preju­dicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orien­tation, race, religion, disability; inappro­priate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presen­tation slides); inappro­priate depic­tions of violence (including presen­tation slides); deliberate intimi­dation, stalking or following; harassing photo­graphy or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappro­priate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Conse­quences & Redresses

Conse­quences of Unaccep­table Behavior

Unaccep­table behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unaccep­table behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unaccep­table behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appro­priate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

If You Witness or Are Subject to Unaccep­table Behavior

If you are subject to or witness unaccep­table behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible. You can find a list of organizers to contact for each of the supporters of this code of conduct at the bottom of this page. Additio­nally, community organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enfor­cement or to otherwise help those experi­encing unaccep­table behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experi­encing distress.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify one of the event organizers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

Scope

We expect all community parti­ci­pants (contri­butors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues – online and in-person – as well as in all one-on-one commu­ni­ca­tions pertaining to community business.

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