1. Purpose

The Utah Open Source Foundation believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior. We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

2. Scope

We expect all conference participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

3. Expected Behavior

  • Be welcoming. This is an all-inclusive environment where you’re likely to meet people from different types of backgrounds with different points of view and even different programming languages. Everyone should feel welcome at our conference regardless of their technical knowledge or years of experience.
  • Be respectful, considerate and collaborative. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Help us make this a diverse conference where people can collaborate and share ideas without fear of backlash or ridicule.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
    • Sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Inappropriate use of nudity, sexual images, and/or sexual innuendo (including presentation slides)
    • Strong or excessive profanity
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
    • Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
    • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and Open West is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of Open West comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere, rather offer to help resolving issues and to help learn from mistakes.

Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior by other attendees, organizers, speakers, volunteers, venue staff, sponsors, or other patrons of OpenWest will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If anyone engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund and may possibly face exclusion from future UTOS community events and conferences.

5. What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff. Conference staff will be wearing OpenWest staff t-shirts. You may also contact conference staff and ask to be put in touch with the conference chair — Victor Villa. Even if you’re not sure, if you encounter something that makes you uncomfortable, please contact a member of the OpenWest Core Team. Every concern will be handled respectfully, privately, and confidentially.

If the matter is especially urgent, please call/contact any of these individuals:

Victor Villa, Conference Chair

vvilla@utos.org +1 (801) 613-8867

Stacie Farmer, Core Team Member

stacie@utos.org +1 (801) 810-9752

David Oswald, Core Team Member

david@utos.org +1 (818) 305-4405

Tiffany Villa, Inclusion Team Member
tiffany@utos.org +1 (801) 709-0149

Justin Carmony, Inclusion Team Member
justin@utos.org +1 (801) 200-3961

Or you may find a core team member in room SB136 (follow the music).

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify conduct@openwest.org if possible or if impractical, Victor Villa as soon as possible.

6. Procedure for Handling Harassment

Attendee Procedure for incident handling

Staff Procedure for incident handling

7. License and attribution

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Contact Information:

OpenWest Code of Conduct Committee


8. Attribution

Portions borrowed respectfully from Yet Another Perl Conference ( http://www.yapcna.org/yn2013/code-of-conduct.html ), the Django CoC ( https://www.djangoproject.com/conduct/ ), and PyCon’s CoC ( https://us.pycon.org/2014/about/code-of-conduct/ ). We appreciate their leadership in these efforts.