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Information for OSC Event Attendees

Code of Conduct

As part of the UW Libraries, the Open Scholarship Commons seeks to provide a safe and secure learning environment where diverse experiences and perspectives are honored. Open Scholarship Commons event participants are expected to respect the rights of others, the integrity of Libraries resources and the scholarly mission of the Libraries. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on characteristics that include, but are not limited to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, national origin or religion. Any form of behavior to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort is a violation of the Code of Conduct. By participating in this community, participants agree to abide by the Open Scholarship Commons Code of Conduct and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved.

In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviors on all platforms and during all events, both in-person and online:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully provide and accept constructive criticism
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Written or verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, national origin or religion
  • Violent threats or language directed against a specific person
  • Inappropriate sexual language or images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Continuing to initiate interaction (including photography or recording) after being asked to stop
  • Publication of private communication without consent
  • Sustained disruption of talks, events, or communications
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. This applies to any Open Scholarship Commons event, either online or in-person. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from participation at the discretion of Open Scholarship Commons event organizers. The organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. Additional disciplinary or legal action may also be taken in accordance with applicable laws and policies

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our programming for everyone. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. To report, message “all panelists” or email the event organizers. If you are experiencing a problem or issue that needs to be addressed by someone outside the program, you may contact the UW Office of the Ombud at ombuds@uw.edu or 206-543-6028.

SafeCampus (206-685-7233) is also available at any time to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself and others. SafeCampus is the University of Washington’s violence-prevention and response program, providing resources to UW students, staff, faculty and community members. For more information, visit their What to Expect page.

Thank you for helping to make our events inclusive, welcoming and safe.

This document is based on that of the eScience Institute which draws from the example policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

Land Acknowledgement & Anti-Racism Statement

At the University of Washington, we would like to first and foremost acknowledge the lands on which our Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses stand today as the traditional home of the Coast Salish people, and the traditional homes of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Puyallup, and Snohomish nations. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering and to this dialogue.

We ask that you take this opportunity to thank the original and continuing caretakers of this land, who are still here. If you are joining us from outside the local Washington area, please also take the time to visit https://native-land.ca/ to learn about the tribes and bands on whose land you now work and reside.

There is no neutrality in the fight against racism. It is not enough to be passively “not racist;” such silent inaction only tacitly supports oppressive systems of power. The Open Scholarship Commons team is committed to actively resisting racism through sustained antiracist action, which seeks to disrupt inequitable and harmful cultural norms, policies, and systems. We are open to feedback and dialogue about this work, as antiracism is an active process and requires a willingness to continuously learn and iterate.

As we progress through and plan Open Scholarship Commons events, we are committed to educating ourselves on the systemic inequities that affect so many of our students, colleagues, and community members every day. We strongly encourage participants to consider how historical injustice and oppression have shaped the ways in which we learn and the stories we choose to tell, and consider how your work can incorporate antiracist principles by uplifting silenced voices, exposing shamefully forgotten histories, or challenging unjust power structures. We urge you to engage in open dialogue with other participants, and to join us in undertaking incredibly necessary antiracist work.

This statement is adapted from the Libraries DSSI 2020.

Using Zoom

Zoom is the platform we will use for all online and hybrid talks and workshops at the Open Scholarship Commons.

After you register for online events, you will be sent links and call-in information that will allow you to join using Zoom, a popular web-based video conferencing tool supported by UW. After registering, you will receive a Zoom link to attend the event the day before our scheduled event.

If you haven’t used Zoom before: it is very simple and just requires a quick free download to run on any computer. You will be able to watch presentations and ask questions using the chat and q&a features. In workshops, you will be able to interact with other attendees using your camera and microphone. Automated Zoom captioning will be provided for all events and workshops unless otherwise noted. Live captioning (or other accommodations) is available on request.

To request disability accommodation contact the UW Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu.