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SIGHPC SYSPROS Code of Conduct

SIGHPC SYSPROS (SYSPROS) community is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all participants in activities enabled in some way by SYSPROS, and when individuals represent SYSPROS at any other function. The Code of Conduct sets forth guidelines for participant behavior that will help the community to achieve welcoming and inclusive spaces for engagement, and outlines examples of behavior that may otherwise negatively impact these shared goals. Resolution procedures are structured to encourage participants to report examples of behavior that may adversely impact inclusive participation in SYSPROS, regardless of intent, so that the community may discuss and productively reflect on them to improve future engagement. By participating in the SYSPROS community, participants accept the shared priority of abiding by the SYSPROS Code of Conduct and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved.


This Code of Conduct applies to all spaces managed, hosted, or sponsored by the SYSPROS community, including, but not limited to, meetings, email lists, and online forums such as Slack, where conversations may pertain to or otherwise represent the SYSPROS community and its activities.

By participating, participants indicate their acceptance of the procedures by which SYSPROS resolves any Code of Conduct incidents.

Anticipated Behavior

In order to foster a positive and professional community environment, the community encourages the following kinds of behaviors in all platforms and events:

While we celebrate diversity of thought and inclusion of ideas, we also want to ensure that conversations stay on topic. Please ensure your statements are directly related to the technical subject at hand and do not address personal belief frameworks.


Participants in SYSPROS events and activities should do their best to foster fair participation of all people, including those of underrepresented groups. Prejudicial discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, family status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, labor union membership, military status, nationality, race, religion, or any other identity is an explicit violation of the SYSPROS Code of Conduct. Harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment, bullying, and other abuses of power and authority, among other harms, limit fair access to the virtual and physical spaces where such harassment takes place.

While the use of information and technology has increased access and inclusivity in many cases, the use of information and technology, they may also cause new, or enhance existing, inequities. Technologies and practices should be as inclusive and accessible as possible and research CI professionals should take action to avoid creating or leveraging technologies that disenfranchise or oppress people.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Participants in SYSPROS events and activities may be explicitly or implicitly entrusted with confidential information shared by other participants, such as trade secrets, client data, non-public business strategies, financial information, research data, pre-publication scholarly articles, and funding applications. Participants should protect confidentiality except in cases where there is evidence of the violation of law, of organizational regulations, or of the Code of Conduct. In these cases, the nature or contents of that information should not be disclosed except to appropriate authorities.

Behavior that violates the code

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants at any SYSPROS event/platform include:

Reporting troublesome behavior

If you believe someone has violated the Code of Conduct, please report it to SYSPROS Leadership by emailing All reports will be reviewed by relevant members of SYSPROS Leadership and the identities of those involved will be kept confidential to the extent possible. (If one of the Leadership members were identified as violating the Code of Conduct, then review would exclude that individual.)

Consequences of unacceptable conduct

Participants who are asked to stop any violating behavior by another community member or organizer are expected to comply immediately. This applies to any SYSPROS events and platforms, either online or in-person. With or without immediate intervention by another community member, the organizers and/or community members may ask the offender to leave the event, and/or engage the SYSPROS Leadership to investigate the Code of Conduct violation and seek appropriate resolution with the offender. Similarly, any content or recording including violating behavior may be removed and/or edited, if shared/hosted via SYSPROS infrastructure, to prevent further harm. In some cases, the reviewing individuals may determine that a public statement of the handling of the incident is necessary. If that is the case, the identities of all involved parties and reporters will remain confidential.