Code of Conduct

Kindness in Science Workshop is co-organised by Te Pūnaha Matatini (TPM) and hence our Code of Conduct is based on the one created and used by TPM.

We are commited to the open exchange of ideas, the freedom of thought and expression, and respectful debate. These require a community and an environment that recognises the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters inclusion, dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity.

For these reasons, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at our hosted and sponsored events.

Harassment and hostile behavior are unwelcome at the Kindness in Science workshop and in any other community interactions. This includes: speech or behavior (including in public presentations and on-line discourse) that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person’s participation or opportunity for participation in the event. We aim for this workshop to be an environment where harassment in any form does not happen, including but not limited to: harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Harassment includes but is not limited to: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination [related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc]; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harrassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour.

It is the responsibility of the community as a whole to promote an inclusive and positive environment for our scholarly activities. In addition, any participant who experiences harassment or hostile behavior may contact any of the Kindness in Science workshop Committee member present at the event. Please be assured that if you approach us, your concerns will be kept in strict confidence, and we will consult with you on any actions taken.

Implementation
In case of a formal complaint, the contacted Kindness in Science workshop Committee member will first speak to all parties involved to try to resolve the issue – without presupposition of guilt.

Background
This policy was developed by the Te Pūnaha Matatini Executive Team with reference to similar policies adopted at many of our peer professional organisations.

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