ScholCommLab Code of Conduct

We value the participation of every member of our community and want to ensure that every contributor has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, everyone who participates in ScholCommLab projects is expected to show respect and courtesy to other community members at all times, both inside and outside of the lab.

We are dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment by and/or of members of our community in any form.

We are motivated to support our entire team, but especially new and/or anxious collaborators, people who are looking to learn and develop their skills, and anyone who has experienced discrimination in the past.

To make clear what is expected, we ask all members of the community to conform to the following Code of Conduct:

  • All communication — both online and in person — should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any time.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other contributors. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.
  • Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking or following; unwanted photography or recording; sustained disruption of discussions; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Members of the community who violate these rules — no matter how much they have contributed to the ScholCommLab or how specialised their skill set — will be approached by lab co-directors Stefanie Haustein and/or Juan Pablo Alperin. If inappropriate behaviour persists after a discussion, the contributor will be asked to discontinue their participation in ScholCommLab projects.

To report an issue, please contact Juan ( or Stefanie ( To speak with someone not affiliated with the lab, you can reach out to John Maxwell ( or Hannah McGregor ( at SFU, or Constance Crompton ( or Kyle Conway ( at uO. All communication will be treated as confidential, and your concern will be dealt with ASAP (within a maximum of 5 working days).

Flexible Working Hours

The ScholCommLab recognizes and respects that different people have different schedules and time restraints. Lab members are welcome to work hours that suit their needs, as long as they are able to make time to connect with their collaborators when needed. Of course, ideally, all lab members will have at least a few hours each week to overlap with their team in order to stay in touch on any challenges or successes.

Although some lab members may send work-related emails or pull requests over the weekend or late at night, no lab members are required to reply to them outside of their typical work hours.

If you experience any challenges related to flexible working within the lab please contact Juan Pablo Alperin ( or Stefanie Haustein ( All communication will be treated as confidential.

This code of conduct was adapted, with appreciation, from the Whitaker Lab’s Code of Conduct.