DCC Code of Ethics

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Have an ethic of empathy: we try to understand people, not just know about them.

Embrace difference. Be culturally aware.

Don’t be a bystander. Be willing to intervene. Stick up for people who are unable to do so.

Be civil.

Be motivated by intellectual curiosity not arrogance.

Use common sense.

Understand that your online identity, in some ways, represents DCC and yourself.

Uphold the values of respect, honesty, community, and integrity.

Handle disagreements with maturity.

Be nice to people.

Don’t post other peoples’ work without their permission.

Include everyone.

Open communication is our default.

Be comfortable with who you are and educate people about how they should treat you.

Respect everyone’s different role and place in our community.

Avoid ad hominems.

We live together; act accordingly (e.g. clean the bathroom, the common spaces, the lab, your areas in the room, etc.).

We study together; act accordingly (e.g. give people the space, time, and quite to work through their ideas and projects).

Don’t be dismissive to someone’s ideas, opinions, or feelings.

Avoid speaking ill of others when they aren’t around.

Posts should support and publicize the great work being done here. (i.e., include your own work and take time to let people know what you’re doing!)

Be supportive of others’ work in the program.

Don’t speak for a whole group of people.

Be aware of your audience.

Understand how tone is (or isn’t) communicated online.

Respect other’s privacy and understand that their definition of “private” might be different than your own.

If the discussion needs some time/space to cool down, communicate that appropriately via email or some asynchronous form.

Be yourself.

Be creative.