Code of Conduct

Waterhackweek organizers are dedicated to providing a harassment-free learning experience for everyone. Regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age or religion, all participants are expected to respect each other as SCIENCE-MOTIVATED HUMANS first. Waterhackweek volunteers and organizers will step up to address harassment of participants and/or presenters in any form ifwe are direct witnesses. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. We expect participants to act in ways that support a learning community at all Waterhackweek event venues and event-related social activities. And we expect you to support collaboration and learning while visiting University of Washington’s many communities of practice. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Waterhackweek organizers will contact hackweek participants violating the stated code of conduct, including being expelled from the conference without refund at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Feedback channels

If you have experienced or observed a Code of Conduct Violation (unethical or unprofessional behavior), we have outlined multiple options for you to report.

For an immediate in person response to discuss concerns or next steps, contact Waterhackweek Program Director: Christina Bandaragoda,

Public feedback

The Canary Opera pilot is a data collection process that provides group generated feedback on what’s working by reflecting and celebrating words and actions that enhance the hackweek experience. You can use flipcharts in your hackroom or #canaryopera on Slack to give public feedback on what is adding to or detracting from your experience. These feedback loop venues are for ideas and comments and are subject to public disclosure following federal guidelines of a U.S. public institution. For situations that distract you from learning, we will use the feedback loop to quickly generate solutions that address any issues we can.

Private feedback

a.Connect with Dr. Christina Bandaragoda in person or private message on Slack

b.Write de-identified feedback on the Canary Opera feedback loop flip chart in the break area for other participants to see

c.Deliver anonymous feedback in the private message box under the breakroom flipchart. Organizers will review all information to identify those structures, attitudes and behaviors that uphold creativity and science collaboration.

For an informal, neutral, and confidential resource that can help the University community address complaints and/or challenging situations, contact the Office of the Ombud, 206-543-6028., For individuals who are uncertain about whether they want to pursue a formal complaint, but would like someone to speak to, the Ombud office would be a good place to start and they can assist with navigating the different resources on campus.

If an individual would like to file a formal complaint around a concern about discrimination, they can contact University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO):, 206-616-2028,

If an individual would like to file a formal complaint around a concern about sexual misconduct, they can contact the Title IX Office:, 206-616-5334,

For concerns/complaints that fall outside of these two categories, but are clear violations of the conduct code, we would recommend that the starting place would be the department in charge of the event.