Contributor Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

The Ed-Fi Alliance community is made up of technology and education professionals committed to using data to drive better student outcomes. 

We, as members, contributors, and leaders, pledge to make participation in the community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of how you identify yourself or how others perceive you. We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

This Code of Conduct applies within all community spaces - virtual and in person.

Our Standards of Community Engagement

We strive to hold each other to high standards of community engagement and collaboration. To do so, we encourage behavior that contributes to a positive environment, such as: 

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward others
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility for 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

We define harassment as any unwelcome conduct or behavior that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment. Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • 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 without their explicit permission

Enforcement Responsibilities

Community leaders 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.

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to the community leaders responsible for enforcement at or individually to any member of the Governance Advisory Team. All complaints will be handled with discretion and respect and will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

All members of the Ed-Fi Alliance staff and community leaders are obligated to respect the privacy and security of  any incident reported.

Enforcement Guidelines

Community governance leaders will follow these guidelines determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct: 

1. Correction

A private, written warning from community leaders, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate. A public or private apology may be requested.

2. Warning

A warning with consequences for continued behavior. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, for a specified period. 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

A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with the community for a specified period. 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

A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.1. Original version by Coraline Ada Ehmke, licensed under CC BY 4.0 Deed.