UT Programming Club

2018-19


Conduct

The department is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive class experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. The department takes violations of our policy seriously and will respond appropriately.

All students must abide by the following policy:

  1. Be excellent to each other. We want the class to be an excellent experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves to be here -- and each of us has the right to enjoy our experience without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggressions. Jokes shouldn’t demean others. Consider what you are saying and how it would feel if it were said to or about you.
  2. Speak up if you see or hear something. Harassment is not tolerated, and you are empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. The person making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware of what they are doing, and politely bringing their behavior to their attention is encouraged. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behavior, the class staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the class. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the class staff immediately.
  3. Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category; sexual imagery in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of class; offensive verbal language; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  4. Practice saying "Yes and" to each other. It’s a theater improv technique to build on each other’s ideas. We all benefit when we create together.

This policy extends to Canvas, classes, lab sessions, office hours, Piazza, Slack, talks, hallway conversations, all students, and staff, etc. You catch our drift. The department reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from, any class at any time in its sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, students behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with this policy, and the terms and conditions herein. If a student engages in harassing or uncomfortable behavior, the class staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the class.

Our zero-tolerance policy means that we will look into and review every allegation of violation of this policy and respond appropriately. Please note, while we take all concerns raised seriously, we will use our discretion as to determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents, and may decline to take any further action and/or may direct the participant to other resources for resolution.

Why this policy is important

Harassment in person and online is unfortunately common. Creating an official policy aims to improve this by making it clear that harassment of anyone for any reason is not acceptable within our communities. This policy may prevent harassment by clearly defining expectations for behavior, aims to provide reassurance, and encourages people who have had bad experiences in other classes to participate in this one.


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