Lab Code of conduct

TISL is dedicated to providing a fun, pleasant, and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. In keeping with these aims, we do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

This code of conduct applies to all TISL spaces, including mailing lists, chat servers, research meetings, reading groups, and other events, both online and offline. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the lab director.

No Harassment

Harassment, including the following activities, will not be tolerated:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.

  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub“) without consent or after a request to stop.

  • Threats of violence.

  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.

  • Deliberate intimidation.

  • Stalking or following.

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.

  • Sustained disruption of discussion.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others. TISL is intended to be a welcoming platform, so while friendships in support of research are encouraged, note that TISL is not a dating platform. Flirting or other unprofessional behavior may make someone uncomfortable. If a member requests another member to stop this type of behavior and it continues, it will be considered harassment.

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.

  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

Expectation of Confidentiality

Reasons for confidentiality include:

  • ensuring that ideators and early project contributors receive proper credit for their work before it is published and their names are clearly attached, and

  • ensuring the validity of double-blind review processes.

Expectations are as follows:

  • (Confidential channels) When discussing ideas 1:1 or in small group settings, whether via chat, in person, or on a call, do not assume without affirmative consent from someone that you are welcome to share their ideas with others. This means that you should ask if you wish to share, and if they do not agree, or if you have not asked, do not share their ideas or work with anyone.

  • (Open channels) In any events advertised to and open to the general public, assume there is no confidentiality. If you are presenting or commenting at such an event: share only ideas, thoughts, and work that you are ok with being copied and modified by others. If you attend such an event and end up finding someone’s ideas or work valuable, feel free to share, but note that the fact that the channel is open does not recuse you from the responsibility to give them credit for their work! Scientific integrity requires that any sharing be prefaced with giving proper credit to the originator of the idea or work, just as with citing published papers.

Credit and License

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. It is largely adapted from the ML Collective Code of Conduct.