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[OSCTC-planning] OSCTC Code of Conduct (related to: "Establishing the Code for America Anti-Harassment Policy")

Shauna Gordon-McKeon shaunagm at
Mon Jul 14 16:30:37 UTC 2014

People should feel free to submit changes or improvements to the Code of

As far as making sure students know it exists, it's now linked from the
campus website.  Previously, students would have no real reason to look at
the campus website after signing up.  The plan going forward is to have the
event curriculum available on the website for students to use during and
after the event.  I could add the Code of Conduct there prominently.  You
can see a very early version of the curriculum page here:

I can also talk to organizers and make sure they mention the Code of
Conduct in their intros.  There are a couple places in the planning
materials I can put reminders.

I have an additional worry re: Code of Conduct, which is that we don't have
a pre-determined system for reporting and responding to violations.  I
talked to Ada Initiative people and they suggested designating one person
at the event (the main organizer?) as well as someone not at the event (me,
presumably).  Which we can implement fairly easily.  The bigger question is
how we respond to actual Code of Conduct violations.

I'd love to get input on that.

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM, Asheesh Laroia <asheesh at>

> I'm super pleased that we have a Code of Conduct here:
> I've also been really pleased by our IRC channel code of conduct:
> I recently saw a conversation on the Code for America email lists (<
> about their Codes of Conduct for in-person events, and it made me think
> about ours at OpenHatch.
> At the event I recently volunteered at <>, I
> don't remember talking about the Code of Conduct, so I wonder if we can do
> more to make sure attendees know about it, and that organizers are on board
> with it. Perhaps this is as simple as adding a sentence about it in our
> emails to event organizers, and making sure that when their event pages go
> live, they link to the Code of Conduct.
> (I know Shauna is super busy with event planning, so I'm unexcited about
> adding more work to her plate. I'm very interested in finding efficient
> ways to make sure we get this right. I'm also on board to volunteer to take
> actions like having a 30 minute video chat/discussion about the code of
> conduct with prospective organizers, if that's something we conclude we
> want to do.)
> Also, I like our Code of Conduct for OSCTC at
> .
> I was also pleased by Stumptown Syndicate's text at
> which I re-learned about in the thread.
> Another link to the Code for America thread:
> Cheers,
> Asheesh.
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