PGP Code of Conduct

Welcome to the community. We value your contribution to the Harvard PGP ecosystem!

The PGP was founded on the principles of inclusiveness and openness. We strive to create a mutually supportive environment where each person feels at ease expressing themselves, interactions are without judgment, and ideas are discussed in a positive frame of mind with the goal of achieving shared success.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we welcome diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, or technical ability. We are all unique with unique ways of being and expressing ourselves.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for any type of harassment, emotional, physical, or otherwise. If at any time you feel unsettled with the actions of the group or of any individual, please follow the confidential reporting procedure below and we will act to resolve it immediately.

Photography at public PGP events is encouraged, and participation in the event represents consent to being photographed. However, any taker of photos should be respectful of the situation. If someone asks not to be photographed, or looks uncomfortable, please honor their wishes.

By participating in a PGP event, appropriate use of Harvard and vendors’ resources is required. We are an open-access and open-source resource but, no illicit use of computing resources or data should be attempted, during or after the event.

Complaint Reporting Procedure

Please report any concerns (witnessed or experienced) before, during, or after a PGP event, by letting a member of the PGP staff know or by emailing with “Complaint Report” in the subject line. If the individual involved is part of the staff, please contact a different member of the staff directly. It would be helpful to include:

  • Your contact information.
  • An account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger), please include a link.
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well.
  • Any additional information that may be helpful.

All reports will be handled with discretion and respect for confidentiality of victims. A staff member will personally review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision about how to respond. Your privacy is assured, and this information will only be used to contact you and resolve the problem.