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| The full text of the Code of Conduct is included at the end of
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The MathsJam has an explicit code of conduct. When it was first introduced
in 2016 a few people expressed some surprise. "Is this really necessary?"
Well, the MathsJam weekend has been running since 2010, and so far people
have been understanding, inclusive, encouraging, and happily adopted the
intended philosophy and culture of having a great time with like-minded
friends of all backgrounds. But numbers continue to grow, and the news
has been depressingly full of other events, industries, and situations
where people have not been so unremittingly positive.
So we think it's important to nail our colours to the mast and put in
writing what we intend. The Code of Conduct as currently written most
likely isn't perfect, but it's a clear statement of intent. There are
probably grey areas, but rather than being nit-picking, legalistic, and
prescriptive, we'd simply ask that people take on board the intention,
and avoid anything they think might sail too close to the wind.
The Code of Conduct can be found here:
The language there is deliberately blunt and specific. Each of the
points there is in response to behaviours that have been reported at
other events, and so are a line drawn to make sure that the MathsJam
weekend remains as amazingly welcoming as it always has been.
If you have any concerns about the code of conduct, please email any
of the organisers, either via the main site, or personally. Concerns
will be considered seriously, and anything that improves the statement
will be very welcome.
Here is the text of the CoC.
Code of Conduct
We're keen to make sure that our event is great for everyone, so we present a
code of conduct for the weekend, which we hope you can follow.
- We want to be inclusive; do not engage in exclusionary behaviour or language against anyone based on their race, gender (binary, assigned or otherwise), disability, mental health, sexual orientation, level of education or age. Don't make exclusionary jokes. Don't even make them "ironically".
- Don't harass people. Unconsented physical contact or sexual attention can constitute harassment, even if it wasn’t intended to cause upset. Dressing or acting in a certain way is not consent.
- Aggression and elitism are unwelcome here - it's not a competition.
- Although the bar will be open, there is no expectation or pressure to drink alcohol. Don't question anyone's choice of drink. Soft drinks will be available.
- If you're taking photographs, video, or other recordings, please make sure everyone featured or identifiable is happy for you to do that. The main exception to this is if someone is on stage giving a talk, during which it will be assumed they're happy to be photographed - if not, simply say at the start of your talk "no photos please".
- Our designated event photographer will always ensure that people are happy to appear in their photos. If you'd prefer not to appear in photos you can let them know (to avoid being asked).
Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event and will not be
welcome back to our events in future.
If you are subject to, or observe, any harassment, or have any other concerns -
please speak to a member of the organising team or email the organisers
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Reports will be dealt with discreetly and in
Please be aware of your surroundings and the effect your words and actions
have on the people around you. We want everyone to have a great time, and
treat each other with respect.
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