CPHA seeks to provide an environment in which diverse participants may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all.
Harassment and discrimination are unacceptable.
It includes, though is not limited to, spoken or written comments, non-verbal expressions, or imagery that demeans, disparages a person or group, or imposes or excludes a viewpoint, based on:
- race, ethnicity, or native language
- sex, gender, gender identity or expression
- sexual orientation
- physical or mental disability
- physical appearance, body size, or presentation
- religious or political beliefs, including lack of religious beliefs
- marital or family status
- nationality, citizenship status, or geographic location
- employment or military status
- socioeconomic status
Respect freedom of expression.
- Foster useful and dynamic discussions and engage in a respectful dialogue.
- Accept critique and offer it constructively.
- Approach discussions with an open mind and be willing to learn
- Discussions should be framed as openly and inclusively as possible.
- Encourage spirited discussion and debate.
- Disagreeing with an idea is different from attacking an individual, especially since discussion topics can sometimes be challenging.
- CPHA promotes genuine inquiry that can build trusting relationships and a safe, respectful, and supportive environment, even in times of complex change.
Honor intellectual property with integrity and give credit where it is due.
- It is the user’s responsibility to obtain permission for any material they post that is not their own.
- Please include copyright notices where appropriate, ask for creator information where unknown, and be prepared to include credits if they are found after you post.
Practice respectful communication. It is a value CPHA won’t compromise on.
- Take responsibility for the impact of communications.
- Impact matters more than intent.
- Be aware of how word choice, connotations, or images may be perceived by others.
- Listen as much as you share
- Remember that other participants may have expertise you are unaware of.
- Make sure conversations are inclusive, and practice active listening.
- When you see content that is problematic, you may address it either publicly or privately.
- Acknowledge that your response is part of a respectful discussion.
- Pointing out factually erroneous or offensive comments keeps the space safe and helps build a stronger community. These are opportunities to educate – and to learn.
- Speak from your own experience and avoid making generalizations.
- If you’re not sure whether something is correct, you can ask the community for resources.
- Respect other people’s pronouns, preferred names, and forms of address.
- Consider using gender-neutral collective nouns/pronouns when addressing groups. For example, try “everyone” or “folks” instead of “guys.”
- Ensure your content is as accessible as possible.