The GÉANT community is built on strong and consistent values, and one of those is Trust. It permeates everything we all collectively do, and the community doesn’t really work without it.
Throughout the community, dozens of events both online and face-to-face take place, mailing lists and forums provide areas for collaboration, and conversations whether formal or informal, one-to-one or within a large meeting, are a natural part of our day.
For many years this environment has been welcoming, collaborative, positive, and inclusive. And remains so. Therefore, with the introduction of the Code of Conduct, we are not addressing any particular issues but instead seeking to strengthen and protect that environment for the benefit of all members of the community.
What is the Code of Conduct?
GÉANT is dedicated to providing a positive and collaborative experience for all members of the community. Our aim is for participants to feel safe, supported, and valued for their contributions.
The Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines that apply to all online and in-person meetings and events e.g., GÉANT project meetings, TNC etc., as well as any exchanges that take place within the mailing lists of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Task Forces (TFs). All members of the community, including users of a GÉANT online space or a member of a SIG or TF mailing list, have a responsibility to adhere to the Code of Conduct.
These guidelines refer to areas such as harassment, language and tone of written and verbal communications, non-sexualisation of communications, and so on. It also helps to remind many of us that what might be considered an innocent remark has the potential to cause upset and distress in others. Importantly, the Code of Conduct also has a clear process to follow for reporting breaches, ensuring that, where needed, enforcement of the code offers protection to all members of the community.
Playing our part
It is our collective responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful community environment. This includes speaking out and supporting others if you witness behaviour that does not adhere to this Code of Conduct. The GÉANT Community is a uniquely positive and collaborative environment, so let’s celebrate that and protect it for the benefit of all.
View the GÉANT Community Code of Conduct here
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