[Linux-aus] Linux Australia Code of Conduct

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Wed Sep 14 12:21:50 EST 2011

Sounds reasonable to me. The council / someone might want to make a version in dot points maybe that would fit on an A4 page one could post up at events; a summary version I guess.


On 13/09/2011, at 11:11 PM, John Ferlito wrote:

> Howdy,
> 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
> minute now.
> 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
> [http://linux.org.au/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
> attention.
> Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to
> comply immediately.
> 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
> Australia events.
> 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.
> No exceptions.
> 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
> with appropriately.
> 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
> happen again.
> 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
> based on.
> Cheers,
> John
> -- 
> John
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