Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is our commitment to the community to provide a welcoming, safe space for all its participants.


A primary goal of the WiCS Undergraduate Committee is to be inclusive towards and supportive of women interested in computer science.

Additionally, we seek to include and support members of all underrepresented groups in the fields of technology and computing, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

We invite all those who participate in our events and who communicate with our community at large to help us create a safe and positive experiences for everyone involved.

We've outlined a code of conduct to highlight our expectations for all individuals who participate in our community, as well as the steps to handle unacceptable behavior.

Expected Behavior

If you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, contact the committee. No situation is considered inconsequential. If you do not feel comfortable contacting the committee at large due to the nature of the incident, you may contact the Women in Computer Science Undergraduate Committee Chair or the Chair of the at-large Women in Computer Science Committee, currently Jo Atlee.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our community online, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of community business. Community event venues may be shared; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

Experiencing Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify an organizer as soon as possible (contact info below).

Additionally, community organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should contact the at-large Women in Computer Science Committee Chair, currently Jo Atlee, with a concise description of your grievance.


We expect all community participants (participants, organizers, sponsors, and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

Contact Information

WiCS Undergraduate Committee
MC 3013C
University of Waterloo

License Information and Attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, derived from the Open Source Bridge Code of Conduct.

Revision 1.1, adopted by the Women in Computer Science Undergraduate Committee on 22 January 2015.