BitCurator Users Forum 2019 Code of Conduct

The goal of the Code of Conduct is to help create an environment that fosters participation and community. It is a core part of creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. This Code of Conduct applies to all forms of participation in the 2019 BitCurator Users Forum (BUF), including, but not limited to:

  • Participation as an organizer, speaker, vendor, or other attendee at BUF
  • Participation in public online discussion of BUF workshops, presentations, or other events

The Code of Conduct applies both to events on the official BUF 2019 program and to social events during BUF at which community members are present, because violations of this code outside BCC community spaces may affect a person’s ability to participate in BUF.

Standards of Conduct
The BitCurator Consortium is dedicated to creating a safe and harassment-free community for everyone regardless of age, appearance or body size, employment or military status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, individual lifestyles, marital status, national origin or immigration status, physical or cognitive ability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, race, or religion. The BCC will not tolerate harassment of—or by—members or guests of the community in any form. Harassment is any unwelcome or offensive verbal comments or nonverbal expressions intended to intimidate a person or make them feel unwelcome or uncomfortable; this also includes repeated interactions with a person after they have made it clear that further interaction is unwelcome. Harassment can occur both in person or virtually, and will not be tolerated in any form.

This policy is not intended to constrain responsible scholarly or professional discourse and debate. We welcome engagement with difficult topics, done with respect and care, in accordance with community agreements that allow everyone to participate (such as the examples from the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance).

Code of Conduct Violations
If you or someone else are in imminent danger, please call emergency services at 911.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please submit our online report form, or contact a member of the BUF 2019 Code of Conduct Team, composed of BCC Program Committee, Executive Council, and Educopia staff members:

Immediately following any report of Code of Conduct violations, the report taker will assist affected individuals in contacting host site security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe to the greatest extent possible. The report taker will then report the incident to BUF 2019 Code of Conduct Team (identified above), who will determine what further action may be necessary. This group will do everything possible to keep reports in confidence, in accordance with any applicable host site policies.

The report taker or other member of the Program Committee, Executive Council, or Educopia staff will communicate any follow-up actions to the reporter. Common actions may include:

  • Requiring that a participant stops their behavior
  • Issuing a formal warning
  • Requiring that a participant prevents further contact with certain other participants
  • Removing a participant from BUF
  • Banning a participant from any future BCC events
  • Making a report to relevant authorities, if necessary
  • No action (if the harasser cannot be identified, or the Code of Conduct team determines no action is necessary to preserve the safety of the community)

The safety of all participants in the 2019 BitCurator Users Forum is essential for the continued success of this community-driven event.

The 2019 BitCurator Users Forum Code of Conduct was inspired by the Digital Library Federation’s Code of Conduct and the Library Publishing Coalition Code of Conduct.