Code of Conduct

  1. Harassment is unwelcome or hostile behaviour, including speech that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person's participation or opportunity for participation, in a chapter meeting or chapter event. Harassment in any form, including but not limited to harassment based on alienage or citizenship, age, colour, creed, disability, marital status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth- and pregnancy related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, gender, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other status protected by laws in which the chapter meeting or chapter event is being held, will not be tolerated. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual attention. A response that the participant was “just joking,” or “teasing,” or being “playful,” will not be accepted.
  2. Anyone witnessing or subject to unacceptable behaviour should notify a chapter officer or IOSD Headquarters.
  3. Individuals violating these standards may be sanctioned or excluded from further participation at the discretion of the chapter officers or responsible committee members.
  4. Examples of behaviour that contributes to creating a positive environment include:
    • Using welcoming and inclusive language
    • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
    • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
    • Focusing on what is best for the community
    • Showing empathy towards other community members
  5. Examples of unacceptable behaviour by participants include:
    • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
    • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
    • Public or private harassment
    • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
    • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
  6. This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.
  7. Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behaviour may be reported by contacting the project team at [email protected]. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately. Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project's leadership.