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Code of Conduct.

We follow a code of conduct adapted from the Django Community Code of Conduct licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

Diversity is one of our biggest strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules to which we ask people to adhere to.

 

This code applies equally to everyone. This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended - a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct applies to all communications managed by Argonaut Science and its agents.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by filling in the Contact Us form or use the Feedback and Suggestions Form (can be filled in anonymously) also found at the footer of this website.

Be friendly and patient.

 

Be welcoming.

 

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

 

Be considerate.

 

Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we're a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.


Be respectful.

 

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. Members of the Argonaut science community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the Argonaut Science community.

 

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.

  • Discriminatory jokes and language.

  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.

  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").

  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.

  • 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 Argonaut Science is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of Argonaut Science 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. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.

 

Original text courtesy of the Speak Up! project.

Child safeguarding guidelines.

Argonaut Science staff are screened (contact details, physical address, education history, criminal record and relevant experience) and cleared to work with minors (in line with national child-protection legislation and international standards - see https://www.end-violence.org/child-safeguarding).

The following youth leadership commitments apply to staff:

  • Look after the child's health, safety and welfare.

  • Ensure appropriate supervision during all instructional activities.

  • Whenever possible, meet the child's parents or guardians and share program goals and objectives.

  • Strive to keep parents or guardians involved and informed through verbal reports and updates as often as possible.

  • Treat children, parents or guardians with respect regardless of age, race, gender and religious affiliation.

  • Honor commitments made to children.

  • Discuss disciplinary problems with parents or guardians.

  • Do not engage in inappropriate contact with children.

  • Respect a child's rights to privacy and intrude only when health and safety demand.

  • Whenever possible, ensure two adults are with children.

  • Take special care to protect the personal information of children.

  • As a general rule, do not share any media involving children and be aware of any media agreements in place.

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