Hamilton Lab: Our Values and Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

We value the participation of every member of our community and want to ensure that every contributor has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, everyone who participates in any Hamilton Lab project is expected to show respect and courtesy to other community members at all times.

Liberty Hamilton, as head of the Hamilton Lab, and all lab members, are dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment by and/or of members of our community in any form.

We are particularly motivated to support new and/or anxious collaborators, people who are looking to learn and develop their skills, and anyone who has experienced discrimination in the past.

To make clear what is expected, we ask all members of the community to conform to the following Code of Conduct.

  • All communication - online and in person - should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any time.

  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other contributors.

  • Behave professionally. Remember any violation of Title IX or Title VII laws is never appropriate. The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, including sexual harassment, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status (see, University’s Nondiscrimination Policy, HOP 3-3020). Pursuant to University policy, the University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (see, University’s Sex Discrimination Policy, HOP3-3031). The University also fosters an environment of open communication and is committed to protecting individuals from retaliation who participate or engage in protected activities.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Members of the community who violate these rules - no matter how much they have contributed to the Hamilton lab, or how specialized their skill set - will be approached by Liberty Hamilton. If inappropriate behaviour persists after a discussion with Liberty, the contributor will be asked to discontinue their participation in Hamilton lab projects.

Thank you to  Kirstie Whitaker and the Whitaker lab github page for previous inspiration on creating this code of conduct.