The International HPC Summer School Code of Conduct

A primary goal of the International HPC Summer School (IHPCSS) is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, 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).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all IHPCSS personnel (including attendees, mentors, speakers, instructors, staff, guests, etc), as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. Agreeing to this code of conduct does not and cannot supersede any law, nor would it constitute a waiver of rights of any kind.

We invite all those who participate in the summer school to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

1. Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all IHPCSS personnel:

  • All IHPCSS personnel are to be treated with respect and dignity, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Be considerate and collaborative, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  • Communicate openly with respect for others, regardless of race ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, scientific field, or research topic.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert IHPCSS staff if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
  • Respect the rules and policies of any online platforms and services that are used during the summer school.

Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals and we conduct ourselves professionally.

2. Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable during the summer school.

  • Physical or verbal abuse of any IHPCSS personnel, third party service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, harassment, intimidation, discrimination, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any IHPCSS personnel, third party service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions, in the virtual exhibit hall, or at other events organized by IHPCSS at a virtual meeting venue.

3. Consequences

Unacceptable behavior from any IHPCSS personnel, including staff and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
  • IHPCSS staff may take any reasonable action to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
  • IHPCSS staff reserves the right to temporarily ban or permanently expel anyone from IHPCSS events and activities without warning (and without refund).
  • IHPCSS staff reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future event.
  • Reports of unacceptable behavior, and consequent actions taken by IHPCSS staff, will be documented and communicated in writing to the offending party.

4. Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please notify an IHPCSS staff member when you can. Reports that are made promptly are more straightforward to address, but reports of unacceptable behavior will be taken seriously regardless of when they are made.

  • Please contact any IHPCSS staff member by private message in the meeting chat, on Slack (staff members can be identified by their display name) or by email (list of staff email addresses to be found on Moodle).
  • Be prepared to report:
    • Time and meeting place of the incident
    • The individuals involved
    • Circumstances surrounding the incident
    • Whether you would prefer to include your name in the report or not
  • Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety is advised to alert the host or co-host of the meeting.

When taking a personal report, our staff will try to ensure that you can communicate with us in confidence. We may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once a safe environment has been established, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we will make every effort to preserve confidentiality.

5. License and Attribution

This code of conduct is based on:

If you have any questions about the code of conduct, or would like to discuss these issues further, please feel free to contact Scott Callaghan ( or Weronika Filinger (