Code of Conduct

The R User Group (RUG) at the Harvard Data Science Initiative is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all RUG spaces, including meetups, Twitter, Slack, mailing lists, both online and offline. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the organizers.

Some RUG spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

The RUG prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The organization will not act on complaints regarding:


If you are being harassed by a member/guest/participant of/at the RUG, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the organization at Local incidences will be handled together with the local organisers. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to the RUG spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member/guest/participant of/at the RUG outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by the RUG members, especially the organization, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The organization reserves the right to exclude people from the RUG based on their past behavior, including behavior outside the RUG spaces and behavior towards people who are not in the RUG.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of the RUG members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organization may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all RUG spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other RUG members or the general public.