International Society for the study of Artificial Life - Student Group

19 Sep 2016

Mission Statement

The purpose of the ISAL student group is to provide opportunities for students and post-docs interested in artificial life to interact with each other, develop professionally, and contribute to the broader artificial life community.

Group Structure

The ISAL Student Group will be organized via a Slack group. All members of the Slack group are members of the student group. We are a relatively non-hierarchical group, with interested members self-organizing around activities that they are interested in. However, there are a few formally elected roles in place to ensure that the organization remains stable and functional:

Election Process

Members interested in filling one of the above positions should self-nominate. Any other member may then second this self-nomination. If there are multiple seconded nominations for a position, a vote will be held. All members of the student group will have one week to cast an anonymous vote for each position. The people receiving the most votes for each position will fill that position. All positions are elected for a term of 1 year. Terms start in October, at the same time as ISAL board positions.

Code of Conduct

The ISAL Student Group is a community organization. We value the involvement of everyone in this community, and are committed to creating a friendly and respectful place for exchanging ideas. All participants in our events and communications are expected to show respect and courtesy to others. To make clear what is expected, everyone participating in ISAL Student Group activities is required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by the ISAL Student Group including, but not limited to, email lists, online forums, and in person events.

If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct we ask that you report it to one of the two designated chairs (currently Emily Dolson and Iñaki Fernández Pérez). All reports will be kept confidential. If you believe anyone is in immediate physical danger, please contact appropriate law enforcement first. If this violation took place at a conference, note that ISAL has a conference anti-harassment policy similar to this one. Per that policy, there should also be designated people associated with the conference who you can contact instead of or in addition to student group chairs.

The ISAL Student Group is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of factors such as gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, sex, colour, ethnic or social origin, pregnancy, citizenship, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, age, or choice of text editor. We do not tolerate harassment of participants on the basis of these categories, or for any other reason.

Harassment is any form of behaviour intended to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort. Because we are a diverse community, we may have different ways of communicating and of understanding the intent behind actions. Therefore we have chosen to prohibit certain forms of behaviour in our community, regardless of intent. Prohibited harassing behaviour includes but is not limited to:

Behaviour not explicitly mentioned above may still constitute harassment. The list above should not be taken as exhaustive but rather as a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the communities in which we participate. All interactions should be professional regardless of location: harassment is prohibited whether it occurs on- or offline, and the same standards apply to both. If a group member engages in harassing behaviour, the chairs of the group may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from warning the offender to expulsion from the group. Enforcement of the Code of Conduct will be respectful and not include any harassing behaviors. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly community for all.

The two chairs designated as people to contact in case of Code of Conduct violations will be chosen from among the set of chairs through discussion and consensus. The chairs selected should not have any obvious conflicts of interest with each other, to ensure that there is someone to go to in the event that one of them violates the Code of Conduct.

This code of conduct is a modified version of that used by Software Carpentry, which was based off of the policy used by PyCon, which in turn is forked from a template written by the Ada Initiative and hosted on the Geek Feminism Wiki. It also includes portions from the ISAL Conference Anti-Harassment policy, which was also derived from the template written by the Ada Initiative.

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