Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct applies to all forms of participation in the BitCurator Consortium community, including, but not limited to:

  • Messages sent to the BCC email list
  • Messages posted to the BCC Twitter feed and other social media outlets when representing the BCC or interacting with members of the BCC community
  • Participation as a member, officer, or community guest in BCC committees, the BCC Executive Council, and any other officially sanctioned or created governance or task groups
  • Participation as an organizer, speaker, vendor, or other attendee at the BitCurator User Forum and other officially sanctioned BCC events (e.g. meet-ups)

For the purposes of this Code, a “community member” is any individual who is employed by a BCC member institution or who is otherwise acting in an official capacity on behalf of the BCC. A “guest” is any other individual besides a community member who participates in a BCC body, venue, or event, whether virtually or in person.

Standards of Conduct
The BitCurator Consortium is dedicated to creating a harassment-free community for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. The BCC will not tolerate harassment of—or by—members or guests of the community in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any BCC community venue, whether virtual or in person. Community members or guests violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the BCC Executive Council.

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

Community members or guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a community member or guest engages in harassing behavior, the BCC Executive Council may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the BCC body, venue, or event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Preservation Communities Manager or a member of the BCC Executive Council immediately.

Immediately following any reported harassment, the Preservation Communities Manager or a BCC Executive Council Member will assist affected individuals in contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe to the extent possible. The Preservation Communities Manager or Executive Council Member will then report the incident to the BCC Executive Council, who will determine what further action may be necessary. A follow-up report will be made to individuals who report being harassed.

Code of Conduct inspired by the Digital Library Federation’s Code of Conduct and the Library Publishing Coalition Code of Conduct