CUNY FemSTEM Hack Day Code of Conduct

All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hack day are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody.

  • Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, or religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Photography is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt out from being photographed. If they object to the taking of their photograph, comply with their request. It is inappropriate to take photographs in contexts where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy (in bathrooms or where participants are sleeping).
  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  • As this is a hack day, we like to explicitly note that the hacks created at our hack day are equally subject to the anti-harassment policy.
  • Sponsors and partners are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Sponsor representatives (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
  • If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hack day staff immediately.
  • Hack day staff will be happy to help assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hack day. We value your attendance.
  • If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the hack day organizers may take any action they deem appropriate. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the hack day with no refund (if applicable), or reporting their behavior to local law enforcement.
  • Welcome those interested in joining the community, and realize that including people with a variety of opinions and backgrounds will only serve to enrich our community. In particular, discussions relating to pros/cons of various technologies, programming languages, and so on are welcome, but these should be done with respect, taking proactive measure to ensure that all participants are heard and feel confident that they can freely express their opinions.
  • Welcome questions and answer them respectfully, paying particular attention to those new to the community. Provide respectful criticisms and feedback in forums, especially in discussion threads resulting from code contributions.
  • We expect participants to follow these rules at hack day and workshop venues and hack day-related social events.

Parts of this code of conduct have been adapted from the CUNY Hackathon code of conduct ( and the Astropy code of conduct (

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