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Code of Conduct


CHIPC is committed to creating and supporting inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities of practice. It is intended as a collaborative, community focused effort, committed to openness and transparency. We are equally committed to helpful and respectful communication. We know that the best problem-solving and critical thinking happens when people with a wide array of experiences and perspectives come together to work in comfort and safety as peers. We therefore expect participants in CHIPC community to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where that interaction can take place.

How to Be

CHIPC is dedicated to providing collaborative environments that are free from all forms of harassment, and inclusive of all people. Small actions you can take will help us meet this goal. For instance, we suggest: 

  • listening as much as you speak, and remembering that colleagues may have expertise you are unaware of; 

  • encouraging and yielding the floor to those whose viewpoints may be under-represented in a group; 

  • using welcoming language, for instance by using an individual’s stated pronouns and favoring gender-neutral collective nouns (“people,” not “guys”); 

  • accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively; 

  • giving credit where it is due; 

  • staying alert, as Active Bystanders, to the welfare of those around you.

Likewise, it is important to understand the range of behaviors that may constitute harassment. 

Harassing behavior may relate to

  • age; 

  • appearance or body size; 

  • employment or military status; 

  • ethnicity; 

  • gender identity or expression; 

  • individual lifestyles; 

  • marital status; 

  • national origin; 

  • physical or cognitive ability; 

  • political affiliation; 

  • sexual orientation; 

  • race; or 

  • religion. 

Harassment can include unwelcome or offensive verbal or written comments or nonverbal expressions, used in person or online, in private or in public.

Examples of harassment can include:

  • use of sexual and/or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online); 

  • deliberate intimidation; 

  • stalking; 

  • following; 

  • trolling;

  • harassing photography or recording; 

  • sustained disruption of talks or other events; 

  • bullying behavior; 

  • inappropriate physical contact; and

  • unwelcome sexual attention.

Sexual, discriminatory, or potentially triggering language and imagery is generally inappropriate for any CHIPC venue. However, this policy is not intended to constrain responsible scholarly or professional discourse and debate. We welcome engagement with difficult topics, done with respect and care.

What to Do

We will not tolerate harassment of CHIPC community members in any form. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please speak directly with CHIPC organizers (identified by their name tags).


Participants at CHIPC who are asked to stop harassing or intimidating behaviors are expected to comply immediately. Those who violate our Code of Conduct may be warned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers.

We value your presence and constructive participation in our shared community, and thank you for your attention to the comfort, safety, and well-being of fellow CHIPC collaborators and attendees.

This code of conduct is adapted from the Digital Library Federation

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