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PyMCon Code of Conduct

PyMCon abides by the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct.

We value the participation of each member of the PyMC community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by PyMC or not.

To make clear what is expected, all delegates, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers at PyMCon event are required to conform to the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

We reproduce here certain portions of the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct that are specifically relevant to PyMCon. We encourage all PyMCon participants to review the complete Code of Conduct.

The Shorter Version #

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes and language are not appropriate for PyMCon.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate.

PyMCon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly community for all.

Code of Conduct Highlights Specific to PyMCon #

We reproduce here certain portions of the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct that are specifically relevant to PyMCon. We encourage all PyMCon participants to review the complete Code of Conduct.

How to Report #

If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct, please report this in a timely manner. Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of the community for everyone and we take them seriously.

You can make a personal or anonymous report through any of the following channels:

Email: Send a message to any or all Diversity Chairs, who can be reached at and Event organizers will respond promptly. Slack: Join the PyMCon Slack and contact the Diversity Chairs, Oriol Abril-Pla or Alex Andorra. Online Form: A variant of the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct Report is available for PyMCon here (your name and contact information are not required). During PyMCon, we recommend contacting via email or Slack so we can take immediate action if necessary. In addition to contacting directly the Diversity committee, we also encourage you to make a report using our reporting form.

To file a report anonymously please use the online form

What to include in a report #

Our ability to address any Code of Conduct breaches in a timely and effective manner is impacted by the amount of information you can provide, so our reporting form asks you to include as much of the following information as you can:

Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you if we need to follow up). This will be kept confidential. If you wish to remain anonymous, your information will not be shared beyond the person receiving the initial report. The approximate time and location of the incident (please be as specific as possible) Identifying information (e.g. name, nickname, screen name, physical description) of the individual whose behavior is being reported Description of the behavior (if reporting harassing language, please be specific about the words used), your account of what happened, and any available supporting records (e.g. email, GitHub issue, screenshots, etc.). The online form supports attaching up to 5 files and email and Slack have not limit. Description of the circumstances/context surrounding the incident. Let us know if the incident is ongoing, and/or if this is part of an ongoing pattern of behavior Names and contact info, if possible, of anyone else who witnessed or was involved in this incident. (Did anyone else observe the incident?) Any other relevant information you believe we should have Enforcement

At PyMCon, if a participant engages in behavior that violates the Code of Conduct, the conference organizers and staff may take any action they deem appropriate.

Potential consequences for violating the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct at PyMCon include: #

Warning the person to cease their behavior and that any further reports will result in sanctions Requiring that the person avoid any interaction with the person they are harassing for the remainder of the event Ending a talk that violates the policy early Not publishing the video or slides of a talk that violated the policy Not allowing a speaker who violated the policy to give (further) talks at the event now or in the future Immediately ending any event volunteer responsibilities and privileges the reported person holds Requiring that the person not volunteer for future events (either indefinitely or for a certain time period) Expelling the person from the event without a refund Banning the person from future events (either indefinitely or for a certain time period) Any other response that the organizing committee deems necessary and appropriate to the situation Person(s) Responsible for Resolving Complaints

All reports of breaches of the code of conduct will be investigated and handled by the PyMCon Diversity Committee, consulting the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct Enforcement Team when necessary.

The current PyMCon Diversity Committee consists of: #

Conflicts of Interest

In the event of any conflict of interest, the committee member will immediately notify and recuse themselves if necessary.

If you are concerned about making a report that will be read by any of the above individuals, please fill NumFOCUS report form, which will submit the report to NumFOCUS Code of Conduct Enforcement Team

Appealing a Decision #

To appeal a decision, contact Oriol Abril-Pla at with your appeal and the Executive committee or the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct Enforcement Team will review the case.

Timeline Summary: #

Confirming Receipt #

The Diversity Committee will make every effort to acknowledge receipt of a report within 24 hours (and we’ll aim for much more quickly than that).

Reviewing the Report #

We will make all efforts to review the incident within three days.

Consequences & Resolution #

We aim to respond within one week to the original reporter with either a resolution or an explanation of why the situation is not yet resolved.

Issue Log #

A summary of reported incidents will be provided after the event.


For sections that are present both in this page and in NumFOCUS complete Code of Conduct such as “how to report” or “Appealing a Decision”, the directives here take precedence.

This page has been adapted from numerous sources, mainly PyData Code of Conduct and JupyterCon Code of Conduct.

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