Code of Conduct for SASH
We want a productive community that can welcome new ideas in a complex field, improve every process every year, and foster collaboration between groups with very different needs, interests, and skills. We gain strength from diversity, and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. This code of conduct exists to ensure that diverse groups collaborate to mutual advantage and enjoyment. We will challenge prejudice that could jeopardize the participation of any member of SASH. The Code of Conduct governs how we behave in public or in private whenever the organization will be judged by our actions. This Code of Conduct also governs our contributions and responses on our listserv. We expect the Code of Conduct to be honored by everyone who is a member of SASH.
We strive to:
Respect each individual
We all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. We work together to resolve conflict, assume good intentions and do our best to act in an empathic fashion. We don't allow frustration to turn into a personal attack. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
Take responsibility for our words and our actions
We can all make mistakes; when we do, we take responsibility for them. If someone has been harmed or offended, we listen carefully and respectfully, and work to right the wrong.
We guard the welfare of research subjects
We carefully guard the dignity, rights, and welfare of research subjects. Research must be ethical and legal at its inception and not justified solely by it's intended nor achieved outcome. We pledge to always get institutional review board (IRB) approval for all research we conduct.
We work to advance our mission by utilizing the many gifts of our membership. Collaboration between individuals that each have their own goal and vision is essential; for the whole to be more than the sum of its parts, each part must make an effort to understand the whole. Collaboration reduces redundancy and improves the quality of our work. We celebrate collaboration internally and externally.
Value decisiveness, clarity, and consensus
Disagreements, social and technical, are normal, but we do not allow them to persist and fester leaving others uncertain of the agreed direction.