[Linux-aus] Linux Australia Code of Conduct
johnf at inodes.org
Tue Sep 13 23:41:57 EST 2011
As promised the council has finally put together a Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct will not just cover LCA but all our future
conferences. We also hope to tweak it a bit so that it makes sense for
all aspects of Linux Australia, for example mailing lists.
Due to the not getting around to it until now the code of conduct will
probably stand as is for LCA, since registration are going to open any
However I would like to get feedback as to whether there is anything
you would like to see changed removed or added from the current
document for future events.
# Linux Australia Code of Conduct
Linux Australia events are inclusive events which invite diverse
groups of people regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, or
religion - to discuss and learn about all things Free and Open Source
in an environment of mutual respect, tolerance and encouragement, in
accordance with the Linux Australia statement of values
We value the participation of each member of our community and want
all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy
to other attendees throughout the event and at all associated events,
whether officially sponsored by Linux Australia or not.
To make clear what is expected, all delegates, speakers, exhibitors
and volunteers at any Linux Australia event are required to agree to
and abide by the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce
this code throughout the event.
Linux Australia strives to provide a fun, educational and friendly
atmosphere at its events, and has high expectations for speakers and
attendees so that all can enjoy their experience.
Linux Australia will not tolerate any intimidation, harassment, and/or
any abusive, discriminatory behaviour by any speakers or attendees.
The use of inappropriate, derogatory, and/or offensive material during
presentations and lightning talks is strictly prohibited and will lead
to disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal from the
presentation or event and exclusion from future events.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender,
sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race
or religion, sexual images in public spaces (including presentation
slides), deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwanted
photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other
events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to
Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist,
and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you.
Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for Linux
All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience,
including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and
imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. All
presentation material should be suitable for people aged 12 and above.
Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave
professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or
exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Linux Australia events.
Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event
without a refund at the discretion of the event organisers or the
Linux Australia council.
If someone hears or sees a speaker/attendee displaying the
aforementioned behaviour, they should contact a event organiser
directly. All complaints made to Linux Australia or event organisers
will remain confidential, be taken seriously, investigated, and dealt
Linux Australia may take any or all of the following measures:
The alleged offender may be asked to stop or modify their behaviour
The alleged offender may be warned that enforcement action will be
taken if the behaviour continues
If the behaviour continues, the alleged offender may be asked to
immediately leave the venue and/or will be prohibited from continuing
to attend the event (without reimbursement)
The incident may be reported to the authorities
Linux Australia is aware of the responsibility required to ensure a
successful and productive event. If an incident occurs, Linux
Australia will formally apologise to those offended. A record of the
incident will be kept and future measures will be taken to ensure that
it does not
This Code of Conduct applies to all event attendees, sponsors,
suppliers, venue and media personnel and event organisers.
Thank you to PyCon US who's Code of Conduct this document was heavily
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