OSCG Code of Conduct

 Open Scholarship Communities (OSCs) organise, promote, and facilitate Open Scholarship events to enable its members and others that are interested to learn about and discuss Open Scholarship practices, share Open Scholarship knowledge, and build professional networks. OSCs are dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, appearance, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, other group status, or their intersection. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned. 

Purpose and scope

The purpose of this code of conduct is to protect participants of events organised by OSCs from harm. Everyone present at an OSC event, regardless of membership, is a participant.

Unacceptable behaviors

OSCs are dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and the free expression of ideas. OSCs seek to provide an environment in which diverse participants may learn, discuss, network, and enjoy each other’s company in an environment of mutual respect. We recognise a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors, therefore, are specifically prohibited:

  • Intimidating, harassing, lewd, demeaning, bullying, stalking, or threatening speech or actions
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Any real or implied threat of physical harm
  • Sustained disruption of speakers or events (verbally or physically)
  • Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or other unacceptable behaviors or for participating in the investigation of such a claim
  • Advocating or encouraging any of the above behaviors

Enforcement

Participants who are asked to stop any unacceptable behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes but is not limited to warning the offender or expulsion from the event. Where applicable, we will contact the confidential advisors of our respective Universities for further actions. 

How to make a report

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, or if you believe a harassment problem exists, please report it as soon as possible to Hardy. In addition, you may want to report to the event organisers. Alternatively, you may report your concerns electronically, with the option to remain anonymous. Although we can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence. When making a personal report, we will make sure your report is managed properly and respectfully. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

 

References

This anti-harassment policy was adapted from the following sources: