The aim of this Code of Conduct is to support a community where all people feel welcome to participate, introduce new ideas and inspire others, discuss and improve their own and others’ ideas, regardless of background, race or ethnicity, geographic location, gender, sexual orientation, language, age, ability, social status, religion, etc.
Openness, creativity, collaboration, and participation are core values of the Plurality University. To produce plurality, we need diversity – of people, practices, and ideas.
These guidelines exist to enable diverse individuals and groups to interact and collaborate to mutual advantage. To this end, they outline both expected and prohibited behavior.
What we expect
Agree to disagree, be open to other ideas and expression as well as to the possibility of being wrong or of not knowing what is right.
Be respectful, value each other’s ideas, styles and viewpoints.
Be direct but professional, express disagreements clearly but respectfully, in a way that will help all parties to keep the discussion going and improve on each other’s ideas.
Be inclusive, seek diverse perspectives, encourage all voices, help new perspectives be heard and listen actively. Don’t let dominant members or opinions of the group (including yourself) exclude others. Provide alternative ways to contribute or participate when possible.
Appreciate our differences, be respectful of people with different cultural practices, attitudes and beliefs, work with empathy to eliminate your own biases. Think of others’ needs from their point of view. Be open to learning from and educating others as well as educating yourself.
Respect people’s right to privacy and confidentiality.
What we won’t accept
Personal attacks and negative comments on personal characteristics.
Violence and threats of violence.
All kinds of harassment, including unwanted sexual attention, derogatory language related to background, race or ethnicity, geographic location, appearance, gender, sexual orientation, language, age, ability, social status, religion… A more precise list of what can be considered harassment can be found here.
Trolling, sustained disruption of discussions, deliberate creation of hostility or intentional effort to devalue or exclude people for all other reasons than the violation of the present Code of Conduct.
How we will deal with violations
Violations can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org, if possible accompanied by precise facts and dates, images or screenshots, names of witnesses.
Initially, reports of violations will be investigated by the Plurality University’s Supervisory Board. Over time, the need to create a special Committee will probably arise. This Committee will be appointed by the Supervisory Board.
If the violation report includes a member of the Supervisory Board or the Committee, that person will be excluded from the handling of the complaint. Incident reports and investigation activities will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.
The Supervisory Board or the Committee will review evidence and strive to make its decision within 2 weeks after the alleged violation is reported. If it finds that the Code of Conduct has been violated, it can decide to issue a public or private reprimand, or to enforce a temporary or permanent ban. The decision will first be communicated to the parties and can be appealed, before it becomes final and public.