Code of Conduct

The Short Version

We believe in creating a welcoming community, supportive of anyone who comes to it in good faith with the desire to contribute to the growth of the community and its members regardless of gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, physical appearance, age, disability, nationality, ethnicity, faith, or career path. The strength of a community comes from its varied participants with a wide range of backgrounds. We do not tolerate harassment in any form and anyone found violating this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the board of directors.

The Long Version

The Inland Northwest Data Professionals Association is dedicated to providing an inclusive, safe, welcoming and harassment free space. We do not tolerate harassment of or degrading behavior towards community members or participants in any form. Anyone found in violation of this policy may be sanctioned or expelled from participation at the discretion of the board of directors.

Individuals are responsible for knowing and abiding by our standards and we encourage everyone in helping to create a welcoming environment conducive to the sharing of knowledge.

In all interactions with community members we should strive to be the following:

  • friendly and welcoming,
  • patient,
  • thoughtful,
  • respectful and inclusive,
  • as well as open and curious.

Harassing behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender-identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they are not appropriate.
  • Physical or simulated physical contact without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats or incitement of violence towards any person, including encouragement of self-harm or suicide.
  • Intimidation, stalking, following or a pattern of inappropriate social contact such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent.
  • Publication without consent, non-deidentified, non-harassing private communication.

Some events and spaces may have additional rules in place which will be made clearly available to all participants. As a member of the Azure Data Tech community this includes the Code of Conduct for Microsoft Azure Data Tech groups


If you have been harassed or believe the code of conduct has been violated in some manner by another participant, volunteer or organizer, you may safely report it by emailing the board of directors at If any person in question is on the board they will recuse themselves from handling the incident.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report believed to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to harass or silence legitimate criticism may be closed without response.


Participants or community members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant or community member engages in harassing behavior the board may take any action they deem appropriate up to and including expulsion from all future events and spaces (be they virtual or in person) and identification of the individual in question as the source of problematic behavior to the community or general public.


This policy was inspired/guided by the following sources: