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Open Texas Code of Conduct

Purpose of the event

The Open Texas conference is a gathering place for the Texas higher education community to share and learn about state-of-the-art research, practice, and advocacy in open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education. The conference provides opportunities for faculty, students, researchers, librarians, administrators, policymakers, advocates, and others to share expertise and network through various types of presentations, panels, workshops, and informal discussions. 

The conference launched in 2021 following the success of the 2018 Statewide OER Summit and the 2019 Statewide Open Education Texas Convening and is co-organized by the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex), the Texas Digital Library, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Open Texas Commitment

The Open Texas steering and planning committees are committed to the presence and contributions of all persons regardless of age, culture, abilities, bodies, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. We believe that open educational resources are developed and used by diverse participants, and that supporting the visibility of such diversity enhances the experiences of all stakeholders. As such, this conference values inclusiveness and the maintenance of a safe, accessible, and accountable space for all participants.

Open Texas is dedicated to providing a conference experience that is free from all forms of harassment, and inclusive of all people. We know that the best problem-solving and critical thinking happens when people with a wide array of experiences and perspectives come together to work in comfort and safety as peers. 

Expectations of attendees

We therefore expect participants at Open Texas to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where that interaction can take place. 

We expect that participants will:​

  • Participate in an authentic, constructive, and active way.

  • Exercise consideration and respect in speech and action.

  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.

  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.

  • Be mindful of your environment and of your fellow participants.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any conference participants, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of conference business.

Harassment includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces including presentation slides; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

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