Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit (RDAP) is a gathering of individuals who share a focus on research data stewardship and the various fields with which it intersects. RDAP is an inclusive, cooperative environment where all practitioners and interested non-practitioners are welcomed, open dialogue is encouraged, and all perspectives are appreciated.

We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Need Help?

Please reach out directly and immediately to the conference co-Chairs and Code of Conduct volunteers. You can also reach out to any ASIS&T staff member at the conference. All information will be kept confidential unless we determine that disclosure with appropriate third parties (including but not limited to law enforcement, ASIS&T, etc.) is necessary. We will discuss your options with you before we take any step unless your security or that of other attendees is at risk.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form in any conference venue, including talks, workshops, social events, or other channels of communication.

A conference participant who violates these rules will be asked to stop. Should the participant not comply, the participant may be expelled from the conference without a refund.  The conference organizers reserve the right to expel anyone who violates these rules.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces or in talks, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention.

Anyone asked to stop any harassing behaviour is expected to comply immediately. Please respect someone else’s “no” and “stop.”

If a person engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff or a volunteer immediately. Conference staff and volunteers will be identifiable via a sticker designate on their name tags.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants. We may do so by:

  • Contacting venue security or local law enforcement
  • Pairing you with a volunteer or conference attendee to accompany you at conference events until the situation is resolved
  • Mediating conflicts relevant to the code of conduct
  • Ejecting people who violate the code of conduct from the event premise
  • And otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference

We value your attendance and we care about the quality of your experience. We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, the JSConf Code of Conduct, and the IA Summit Code of Conduct.