Code of conduct


Why have a code of conduct?

Our goal is to create the best community in the world for becoming a better programmer. We want every member of the RC community to be able to focus their full attention on becoming a better programmer, both at RC and as a part of our community. This is impossible to do if you are being harassed, stalked, or discriminated against.

Accordingly, all Recursers, as well as guests and visitors, are expected to show respect and courtesy to each other in all interactions, whether at RC, in our online community, or in other contexts.

To make sure that everyone has a common understanding of “show respect and courtesy to each other,” we have adopted the following code of conduct. The code of conduct is enforced by the RC faculty.


The Recurse Center is dedicated to providing a harassment-free learning environment and community for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or anything else. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.

All communication in RC spaces, in person and online, should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate in RC community spaces in any context.

While RC is a professional community, it's also a community of friends. We ask you to be aware of the fact that conversations that may be appropriate within the context of a specific friendship or relationship with another Recurser may be inappropriate in the RC space or in a group conversation with Recursers you don't know well.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other Recursers. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for RC.

Recursers violating these rules may be asked to leave the community at the sole discretion of the RC faculty.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly community for all.


Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Community members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can hurt those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate at RC.

If a participant violates this code of conduct, the RC faculty may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the community.

Social rules

In addition to having a code of conduct, we have four lightweight social rules. The social rules are different and separate from the code of conduct. They help us create a better learning environment by giving names to counterproductive behavior and acting as a release valve so that frustration doesn't build up over time. We expect people to unintentionally break the social rules from time to time. Doing this doesn't make you a bad person or a bad Recurser. When this happens, it's not a big deal. Just apologize and move on.

The enforcement provisions in this code of conduct do not apply to the social rules. We definitely won't give you a strong warning or expel you from the RC community just for breaking a social rule.

If you have any questions about any part of the code of conduct or social rules, please reach out to any RC faculty member.

Getting help

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the RC faculty.

We will be happy to do whatever we can to help those experiencing harassment to feel safe as part of the RC community. We value your contributions to RC and are dedicated to providing you a learning environment free from harassment.


The RC code of conduct is available under the terms of the CC0 license.

It is based on the !!Con Code of Conduct, the PyCon 2013 Code of Conduct, and the example conference anti-harassment policy on the Geek Feminism Wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

The !!Con Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism conference anti-harassment policy are available under the terms of the CC0 license. The PyCon 2013 Code of Conduct is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.