Code of conduct

Below are guidelines that clarify acceptable vs. unacceptable behaviour to help promote a healthy community.

Please be kind and respectful.

We do not tolerate harassment and abuse.

If you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable at the hackathon, if the event itself is creating an unsafe/uncomfortable environment, or if interacting with someone at the hackathon makes you uncomfortable, consider reporting it using the procedure below.

Please always remember that, behind another screen, there is another human, and that you should treat them with respect, kindness, and nothing less.

Prohibited actions include, but are not limited to: use of any sexualized images, activities, materials, or any efforts to create a sexualized environment; discussion of actions, behaviours, or content illegal in Canada; insults and derogatory comments; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; and offensive comments based on factors including, but not limited to: gender identity or expression, age, country of origin, body size, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), and socioeconomic status.

Anyone, when asked to stop any harassing behavior, is expected to comply immediately.

The Code of Conduct applies to any area of the event, such as the official community, during presentations, etc. It applies to any person at the event, including attendees, judges, and organizers.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any staff or event organizer using the reporting procedures defined below.

Finally, any form of “rule-lawyering” is prohibited. The spirit of the Code of Conduct overrides the letter. To put it bluntly: don’t attempt to use loopholes. The staff and organizers have the final say regarding any matter.

Community chat guidelines

Spamming, trolling, and other disruption of community chats are also prohibited, and not appreciated. Participants may receive a warning. If participants do not comply, there will be consequences. Moderators reserve the right to take action at their discretion.

Reporting procedures

If you feel uncomfortable, or think there may be a potential violation of the Code of Conduct, please report it immediately using one of the following methods.

All reporters have the right to be anonymous.

Please report to the following email listed below via email with the subject: "Reporting in regards to Code of Conduct," and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will make our best efforts to holistically review the case and make a just decision.

Recess Hacks reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise amend these policies in whole or in part depending on the situation. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact us by email at conduct@recesshacks.com with the subject: “Inquiries regarding the Code of Conduct”, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Consequences of breaching the Code of Conduct

For minor offenses, first-time offenders may solely be warned.

However, increased penalties may apply in other cases, such as more serious offenses, or repeat offenders. Such penalties may include but not limited to:

  • Disqualification of project
  • Expulsion from this event
  • Expulsion from any future successor events

The Organization Committee reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise amend these policies. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact us by email at conduct@recesshacks.com with the subject: “Inquiries regarding the Code of Conduct”.