Statement of Values & Code of Conduct

Rare Book School’s Statement of Values

Rare Book School (RBS) is committed to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment that embraces a richly diverse representation of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. Diversity enriches our curriculum, and strengthens the intellectual and social life of our School. Inculcating values of scholarly rigor, community, and service, RBS brings together individuals of different backgrounds, cultures, and professions. Our organization equips these individuals to serve a multicultural society. The world of books crosses borders of every kind, be they national, political, linguistic, social, or cultural. We understand that this world in its pluriformity comprehends not only multiple languages, but also a multiplicity of human voices and stories. We therefore encourage and expect participants in the RBS community to work together to create environments where thoughtful and respectful interactions can take place. Every member of the community should strive to contribute to creating an environment in which all those participating in RBS programs feel welcome and valued—an ethos that fosters the intellectual and professional growth of all.

Rare Book School’s Code of Conduct

Rare Book School is dedicated to providing educational experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and diverse. We ask that you please help us achieve this goal by: refraining from all forms of harassment and offensive conduct; listening as much as you speak; remembering that colleagues may have expertise of which you are unaware; accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively; giving credit where it is due; and staying alert to the comfort, safety, and welfare of those around you.

In addition to attending to considerations for the fostering of community, it is essential for everyone to understand and thoughtfully consider the range of behaviors that may constitute harassment or offensive conduct. This may include unwelcome or offensive verbal comments, anecdotes, or nonverbal expressions related to: age; appearance or body size; employment or military status; ethnicity; gender identity or expression; individual lifestyles; marital status; national origin; physical or cognitive ability; political affiliation; sexual orientation; race; or religion. It may also include use of sexual, discriminatory, or otherwise offensive images in public spaces (including online); deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; unwanted photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; bullying or exploitative behavior; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

The use of sexual, discriminatory, or otherwise offensive language and/or imagery is generally inappropriate at RBS events. However, this policy is not intended to constrain responsible discourse and debate. RBS courses may involve the examination of historical materials with controversial, sexual, discriminatory, or otherwise offensive content. In such situations, RBS participants should strive to engage with these difficult topics and materials in a respectful and careful manner that provides appropriate context for their historical interpretation.

Reporting Protocols

The staff at Rare Book School are charged with maintaining the safety and security of all while fostering an environment that is conducive to the intellectual and professional development of every member of our community. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other related concerns, please contact a member of the RBS staff at your earliest opportunity. On site, RBS staff can be identified by their name badges. They may assist participants by providing constructive intervention and support, contacting security or local law enforcement when necessary, and otherwise helping those experiencing harassment to feel safe.

You may also contact RBS administrative staff members by emailing rbs_reporting@virginia.edu, or writing to the RBS Executive Director (michael.suarez@virginia.edu). However, if you or others are in imminent danger, you should call emergency services at 911. Please also refer to any additional policies and resources of local hosts and institutions.

Participants at any RBS event who are asked to stop harassing or intimidating behaviors are expected to comply immediately. It is a privilege to be part of the Rare Book School community; those who abuse that privilege by violating our code of conduct may be warned, sanctioned, or expelled at the discretion of RBS staff.

RBS staff will determine an appropriate response to a reported violation of the Code of Conduct. All reports and inquiries will be handled with care, sensitivity, and discretion.
We thank you for your thoughtful attention to the comfort and safety of all members of the Rare Book School community.

Sources

This document is based on the DLF Code of Conduct. It has been made available under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license; please feel free to adapt and re-use it.