Event Code of Conduct#

Guidelines to ensure we offer a hospitable and inclusive event and a list of resources for reporting violations. Although the content is similar, this event Code of Conduct should not be confused with the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct governing contributions to this JupyterBook.


The organizers of this event are dedicated to providing a harassment-free learning experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venues in either in-person or virtual form, including the Slack workspace. Participants (including event volunteers and organizers) violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the GeoSmart Hackweek at the discretion of the organizers.

Definition of Harassment#

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion.

  • Sexual images in public spaces

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Harassing photography or recording

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior


We expect participants and instructors to act in ways that foster a supportive and welcoming learning community at all event venues and event-related social activities. We expect you to support collaboration and learning while participating in this community of practice. Hackweek 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 (including unintentionally). Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Failure to comply may result in the participant being expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.

Reporting a violation#

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of the event for everyone. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible.

If you feel comfortable contacting someone associated with our event, you may speak with one of the event organizers in person, send an e-mail to geohack@uw.edu, or contact an organizer on a private Slack channel. You may also submit an anonymous comment to our virtual comment box.

If you have experienced or observed harassment, unethical or unprofessional behavior as described above (a violation of this code of conduct) and want to talk to someone not directly associated with our event about it, choose from these specialists below:

  • Contact the Office of the Ombud, 206-543-6028, ombuds@uw.edu, www.uw.edu/ombud. For individuals who are uncertain about whether they want to pursue a formal complaint but would like to speak to someone about unethical or unprofessional behavior or some other challenging situations, the Ombud office provides a confidential, informal, and neutral resource for you. They can assist you with determining what, if any, course of action you would like to pursue and to navigate the different resources on campus.

  • Speak up about discrimination to the University Civil Rights Investiation Office, 206- 616-2028, cr-investigations@uw.edu. Staff are available if you would like to file a formal complaint regarding discrimination.

  • Speak up about discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnancy or parenting status, and LGBTQ+ identity to the Title IX Office, 206-221-7932, tixinv@uw.edu, link. Staff are available if you would like to file a formal complaint regarding sexual misconduct.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.