OASIS Participants Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

We, as members, contributors, and leaders pledge to do our best to ensure that participating in work at OASIS Open is free of harassment for everyone, regardless of physical, personal, professional, or cultural characteristics.

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, healthy, and productive community.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment for our communities include:

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • Accepting the consensus of the group after making our point if the collective decision does not go our way
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience
  • Focusing on what is best not just for us as individuals, but for the overall community

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
  • Disparaging an organization, its activities, its employees, or its products and services within the context of OASIS-related activities

Enforcement Responsibilities

OASIS staff are responsible for clarifying and enforcing our standards of acceptable behavior and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

OASIS staff have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate. Staff may also take action to sanction behaviors that it judges to be in violation of this code of conduct, up to and including expelling individuals from a project if, in their judgment, the circumstances warrant it.

Decisions or actions by OASIS staff are subject to appeal to the OASIS Board of Directors.


This Code of Conduct generally applies to the actions of individuals. It applies both within online spaces and in public spaces when an individual is participating in or representing the project or its community. Examples include using an official project e-mail address or mailing list, posting via an official social media account or chat, participating in a project meeting, or representing the project or OASIS at an online or in-person event.

What are the boundaries of the OASIS community?

There are no hard boundaries of the community, but common places we are asked to extend guidance to are:

  • Official project communication channels
  • Events and meetups
  • Media and web presences
  • Social media

In some cases, where individual social media messages or other activities not related to a specific project are reported to the OASIS staff, we might choose to act.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to the OASIS staff at code-of-conduct@oasis-open.org. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly and in confidence and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. All parties involved in an incident are obliged to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter and the accused. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

All community leaders are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the parties involved in the incident.

Enforcement Guidelines

OASIS staff will generally follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct, though they may escalate more quickly if the circumstances appear to warrant it:

1. Correction

Community Impact: Use of inappropriate language or other behavior deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.

Consequence: A private, written warning from OASIS staff providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate. A public apology may be requested.

2. Warning

Community Impact: A violation through a single incident or series of actions.

Consequence: A warning with consequences for continued behavior. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, via any OASIS-provided or maintained mechanism (ie email lists, Github, Slack, etc.) for a specified period of time. This includes avoiding interactions in community spaces as well as external channels like social media. Violating these terms may lead to a temporary or permanent ban.

3. Temporary Ban

Community Impact: A serious violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior.

Consequence: A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with members of the community via any OASIS-provided or maintained mechanism (ie email lists, Github, Slack, etc.) for a specified period of time, not to exceed one month. No public or private interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, is allowed during this period. Violating these terms may lead to a permanent ban.

4. Permanent Ban

Community Impact: Demonstrating a pattern of violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior, harassment of an individual, or aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.

Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of interaction within the community. Removal from community tools like repositories or chat groups.


Actions taken by staff under this policy may be appealed to the OASIS Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

An appeal must be sent to the board comment list (oasis-board-comment@lists.oasis-open.org) within 30 days of the action being appealed. The Board shall hold a hearing within 45 days of receipt of the appeal. The Board shall render its decision within 30 days of the hearing. The decision of the Board shall be final.

The OASIS Board of Directors has the authority to effect such remedial action as may be necessary to remedy a complaint.