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Code of Conduct

There are two axes to the code of conduct for Pupilfirst School. First, we require all students to abide by the principles of academic integrity documented here. Second, all members must act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Academic standards for students

Examples of actions that are conducive to learning include:

  • Following instructions that are given in the assignments in the course, working on your own to try to solve the problems that are presented.
  • Asking for help from coaches and peers in the community or the Discord server when you're facing some difficulty with the course.
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback.
  • Giving hints (but not complete solutions) to peers who ask for help in such a way that they can proceed with their work.

Examples of actions that detract from a functional learning experience include:

  • Checking solved submissions from other students instead of developing your solution from scratch.
  • Stealing or passing off someone else’s work as your own.
  • Using someone else’s work without giving credit.
  • Making modifications to someone else’s work and trying to pass it off as your original work.
  • Giving complete solutions or answers to assignments to another student.
  • Using exploits or other methods to manipulate your grades.

Enforcement Responsibilities

Coaches and teaching assistants who review student capstone project submissions must check whether the work students submit at the tail end of their course is original. School administrators also have a responsibility to ensure that the methods used to grade submissions, give feedback, and the storage of these elements are protected from tampering.

Scope

The academic standards specified here apply to submissions from students, towards assignments of any course conducted by Pupilfirst school.

Enforcement

Teaching assistants must report all instances of plagiarism, or other malpractice to coaches, as specified in their guidelines. Coaches' decision on whether a certain event qualifies as either plagiarism or cheating will be final.

Enforcement Guidelines

Action: Submitting work that is in a significant way, another person's work, and failing to disclose the source of the work.

Consequence: The student's capstone submission should be rejected, and no further submissions should be accepted. Communication regarding the incident should be sent to the student and their reporting authority. After the course, no certificate should be issued.

Course-specific Guidelines

Some courses have requirements that are specific to that line of work, in addition to the general guidelines written above. Please pay special attention to the following guidelines.

Web Development

Use of computer-generated code

To a certain extent, the use of computer generated code is unavoidable when programming. For example, when you're starting a new project, it's common to use a related tool to generate boilerplate code that is then customized to fit your needs. This is normal and required to go through the course. However, excessive use of auto-generated code is to be avoided. What follows are a few examples of unacceptable code generation:

  • Use of scaffolding tools that automatically set up routes, create web pages and forms, etc.
  • Use of AI-based code generation tools such as GitHub Copilot, especially in WD101 and WD201, or for the generation of whole functions or even larger blocks of code.

Submissions that contain code breaking the above guidelines should be treated as plagiarized.

Behavioral standards for all members

Examples of behaviour that contributes to a positive environment for our community include:

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • 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 behaviour 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 private information of other members, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in an educational setting

Enforcement Responsibilities

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

Community moderators have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject posts, messages, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate.

Scope

This Code of Conduct applies within all community spaces and also applies when an individual is officially representing the community in public spaces. Examples of representing our community include using an official email address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event.

Enforcement

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behaviour may be reported to the school administrators responsible for enforcement at conduct@pupilfirst.org.

All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

All community moderators and school administrators are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the reporter of any incident.

Enforcement Guidelines

Community moderators will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:

1. Correction

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

Consequence: A private, written warning from community moderators, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behaviour 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 behaviour. 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

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

Consequence: 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

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

Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community. Depending on the severity of the incident, community moderators in consultation with school administrators may also impose restrictions on access to related courses. Once a decision has been taken, it should be communicated to the student and their reporting authority.

Attribution

Parts of this Code of Conduct are adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.1.

Community Impact Guidelines were inspired by Mozilla's code of conduct enforcement ladder.

Updates

This document was last updated on August 16, 2022.

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Code of Conduct, please write to conduct@pupilfirst.org.