Code of conduct#

Our goal is to create one of the best communities in the world for learning, using, and creating open infrastructure for interactive computing. Our mission is to build this community in a way that promotes fairness and justice for all - especially those from traditionally marginalized groups. This allows every member of our community to thrive and to make the biggest positive impact in their work and on others. Our Code of Conduct defines expected behavior and guidelines that help create such a community.

Accordingly, anyone who participates in a 2i2c space is expected to show respect and courtesy to others in all interactions, whether in GitHub repositories, our Slack channel, during in-person events, when representing 2i2c in public, or in events and spaces associated with CS&S.

To make sure that everyone has a common understanding of “show respect and courtesy to each other,” we have adopted the following code of conduct. The code of conduct is enforced by the Executive Director and the Steering Council.

Unacceptable behavior#

The following types of behavior are unacceptable in 2i2c spaces, both online and in-person, and constitute code of conduct violations.

Abusive behavior#

Harassment: including offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion, as well as sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual or romantic attention.

Threats: threatening someone physically or verbally. For example, threatening to publicize sensitive information about someone’s personal life.

Unwelcoming behavior#

Blatant -isms: saying things that assume negative characteristics in a blanket fashion because of identification with a particular group. This is especially true for -isms around traditionally marginalized groups (e.g., explicitly racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic statements) For example, arguing that some people are less intelligent because of their gender, race, religion. Subtle -isms and small mistakes made in conversation are not code of conduct violations. However, repeating something after it has been pointed out to you that you broke a social rule, or antagonizing or arguing with someone who has pointed out your subtle -ism is considered unwelcoming behavior, and is not allowed at 2i2c.

Maliciousness towards other community members: deliberately attempting to make others feel bad, name-calling, singling out others for derision or exclusion. For example, telling someone they’re not a real programmer or that they don’t belong at 2i2c. If somebody makes such a statement without malice, they may still be in violation of the Code of Conduct if their actions are deemed especially/repeatedly unpleasant (see below).

Being especially or repeatedly unpleasant: for example, if we’ve received reports from multiple 2i2c users, team members, or collaborators of agitating, rude, or especially distracting behavior over an extended period of time.


2i2c community members are held to the standards outlined in this code of conduct when interacting in the 2i2c Slack or GitHub repositories, when interacting in-person at events where they could represent 2i2c (this is most professional events), in physical spaces with other 2i2c team members or collaborators, or in any CS&S space.

In addition, the 2i2c community and experience often extends outside those spaces—2i2c community members may go on walks together to get lunch, attend meetups or conferences as a group, communicate on social media, or interact with each other in other communities. Abusive or unwelcoming behavior between community members still has a profound impact on individuals and on the community when it happens beyond our walls. The 2i2c Executive Director and the Steering Council will use our discretion when deciding whether to enforce this code of conduct and potentially remove someone from the 2i2c community after reports of such behavior happening outside of 2i2c, taking into account the impact on the individual community members involved as well as the impact on the community at large.

The 2i2c Code of Conduct does not apply to interactions between users of a Managed JupyterHub, though we encourage leaders in those communities to adopt a Code of Conduct for their hub infrastructure. The Code of Conduct does apply to any interaction between a user of a Managed JupyterHub and a 2i2c Team Member.


When in doubt, please report unacceptable behavior to us. If someone’s behavior outside of a 2i2c space makes you feel unsafe at 2i2c, that is absolutely relevant and actionable for us.


We’ve categorized unacceptable behavior into abuse and unwelcoming behavior in the section above.

If we witness or receive a report about abusive behavior, we will contact the perpetrator to have a conversation with them and verify what has transpired. We will follow this response protocol.

If we verify abusive behavior, they will be removed from the 2i2c community and, if applicable, their employment with 2i2c will be terminated. Their Slack account will be deactivated, and permissions will be removed from any 2i2c-related repositories. They will not be welcome in any physical or digital spaces covered by the 2i2c Code of Conduct.

If we verify unwelcome, but non-abusive behavior, we will have a conversation with the person so they understand the expectation that they not repeat the behavior or other behaviors that would violate the Code of Conduct a second time. See the follow-up protocol for more information.

This is the protocol that 2i2c Executive Director and Steering Council members will use to respond to reports of code of conduct violations.


If you see a violation of our code of conduct, please report it to the 2i2c Code of Conduct Stewards.

Why should I report?#

  • You are responsible for making 2i2c a safe and comfortable space for everyone. Everyone in our community shares this responsibility. 2i2c Team and Steering Council members are not around the online spaces or at 2i2c events all the time, so we cannot enforce the code of conduct without your help.

  • The consequences for the 2i2c community of not reporting bad behavior outweigh the consequences for one person of reporting it. We sometimes hear “I don’t want X person to meet consequences because I told someone about their bad behavior.” Consider the impact on everyone else at 2i2c of letting their behavior continue unchecked.

  • 2i2c only works as an open, participatory, community-driven community because of shared trust between community members. Reporting code of conduct violations helps us identify when this trust is broken, to prevent that from happening in the future.

Where and how to report#

Please report all code of conduct violations using our reporting form. This is a short Google Form that will be sent to any Steering Council member acting as a Code of Conduct Steward (see below for details). Alternatively, if you wish to report to one of the Code of Conduct stewards specifically, email them directly.

Who responds to violation reports#

Any Steering Council members with the “Code of Conduct steward” role must monitor this reporting form. The minimal set of people that serve in this role are

  • The Executive Director

  • At least one other Steering Council member

The people serving in these roles will be listed on the 2i2c website’s Steering Council page. Anyone with this role must have training in violation response.


We will keep all reports confidential, except if we’ve discussed with you and agreed otherwise. When we discuss incidents with people who are reported, we will anonymize details as much as we can to protect reporter privacy.

However, some incidents happen in one-on-one interactions, and even if the details are anonymized, the reported person may be able to guess who made the report. If you have concerns about retaliation or your personal safety, and do not want us to share the details of your report with anyone (including the perpetrator) please let us know explicitly in your report. Unfortunately, in that situation we won’t be able to conclude that an individual has violated the CoC based on this report alone.

In some cases we may decide to share an update about a major incident with 2i2c team members, or with the entire 2i2c community. If that’s the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.

Social rules#

In addition to having a code of conduct, we have four lightweight social rules. The social rules are different and separate from the code of conduct. They help us create a better environment by giving names to counterproductive behavior and acting as a release valve so that frustration doesn’t build up over time. We understand and anticipate people to unintentionally break the social rules from time to time. Doing this doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad community member. When this happens, it’s not a big deal. Just apologize and move on.

The enforcement provisions in this code of conduct do not apply to the social rules. We won’t give you a strong warning or expel you from the 2i2c community just for breaking a social rule.

If you have any questions about any part of the code of conduct or social rules, please reach out to any 2i2c team member.

How we developed the code of conduct#

We arrived at these policies by a combination of:

  • Listening to feedback and suggestions we’ve heard from open source communities over many years

  • Reading the codes of conduct of other organizations we find to be thoughtful (see some examples below)

  • Considering our experiences in other communities and projects in the past

Other things that don’t fit in to the code of conduct#

When to seek help immediately#

Instead of filling out a code of conduct violation report, please contact law enforcement directly to report criminal activity (e.g. physical assault, sexual assault, theft), or to report a dangerous physical situation (e.g. fire, serious injury, fear that someone will hurt themselves or someone else).

Getting help#

If you or someone else at 2i2c is struggling and needs help, don’t hesitate to reach out to the 2i2c Executive Director and Steering Council members in person or over email.


The 2i2c code of conduct is available under the terms of the CC0 license.

Parts of it are based on the Recurse Center Code of Conduct, the Jupyter Code of Conduct, the PyLadies Handbook, and the example conference anti-harassment policy on the Geek Feminism Wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. It also takes inspiration from project include’s guidelines for Codes of Conduct.

The Recurse Center Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism conference anti-harassment policy are available under the terms of the CC0 license. The Project Jupyter Code of Conduct and the PyLadies handbook is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.