WDI Student Code of Conduct 2020
The WDI aims to provide the safest possible environment for learning that is conducive to developing a supportive community. To achieve this, we expect all students to agree to the following standards of personal behavior:
Respectful interactions and support of fellow students is primary for all students engaging in the WDI. Therefore,
o I will refrain from using offensive or hurtful language and will not intentionally cause anyone emotional harm;
o I will respect the confidentiality of my fellow students. This includes not sharing their information or shared stories unless I (i) have their permission, or (ii) am concerned for their wellbeing and am speaking with a WDI staff member or trusted adult;
o I will not record WDI activities or lectures, or take screenshots, photos or videos of participants, unless given explicit permission to do so;
o I agree that harassment of any type, given or received, will not be tolerated. Examples of harassment are defined as, but not limited to, sexualized comments, picking on people with demeaning comments and/or derogatory references to a student based on their race, religion, gender, etc.
· It is my responsibility to be proactive about my personal learning requirements. This includes communicating to WDI staff any concerns, personal requirements and/or boundaries that could enable or hinder my ability to learn.
· I will respect the learning environment by refraining from interrupting lectures or demeaning, or otherwise interfering with the effective learning of other students.
· At the WDI, we abide by the “Rule of 3”, which prevents one-on-one contact between staff and students. In the virtual space, we have extended our Rule of 3 by requiring copying of the official WDI e-mail (email@example.com) or use of official WDI communication channels for all correspondence between students and staff. Therefore,
o I agree to utilize WID official channels, including Zoom chats and Canvas, to communicate with WDI lecturers, discussants, Community Development Assistant’s and other staff.
o I will include the official WDI e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) on all direct correspondence with WDI staff during WDI programming (7/6/20 – 8/6/20)
· I will attend all lectures and WDI activities. If I am unable to attend a WDI activity, I will notify a WDI staff member at least 24 hours prior to the start of the activity, except in the case of an emergency.
· I will be cooperative with the staff. I shall abide by staff requests to follow appropriate behavior necessary to the safety and learning of the institute.
If a student or group of students violate these standards, an Incident Response Committee consisting of the Community Development Chair, Board Chair, and Executive Director will meet to discuss the incident and how it violated the Code of Conduct. A conversation with the student will follow to determine an appropriate course of action. At the WDI, we wish to support our student’s participation and will therefore prioritize allowing the student to continue engaging with WDI programming. However, if a student or group of students have been found to have violated these standards of conduct, they may have their family/guardians contacted, participation in WDI terminated, or restrictions imposed as deemed appropriate by Incident Response Committee.
In addition to this code of conduct, students will create their own community norms for engaging with the WDI curriculum, as well as staff and students, This will take place during their first Community Mentorship Monday on July 6th and will be moderated by trained WDI Community Development Assistants.
We also hope our students will consider the following best practices for engaging safely online:
1. Be selective with the information you share – the WDI is working to make our platforms as secure as they can be, but the internet is, unfortunately, less private than an in-person camp. Therefore, we ask that students consider the potential outcomes before sharing private or personal information during WDI Online Summer Programming activities and/or with persons you meet through WDI Online Summer Programming.
2. Protect your information – we encourage our students to check their privacy settings on their social media accounts to ensure their information is protected. While the WDI does not use social media platforms for programming, we recognize that many of our students will use these platforms to connect with each other.
3. Be active in creating an inclusive community – developing a safe environment is everyone’s responsibility at the WDI. If students witness participants being teased, made fun of, bullied or harassed, we ask that students step-in and check-in, which includes interrupting the negative interactions and providing support afterward. Finally, we encourage our students to discuss any incidences of teasing, derogatory, offensive, or hurtful comments with WDI staff.