Code of Conduct | FOSSConf India 2023

FOSSConf India 2023


FOSSConf is completely a community focused event We value the participation of each member and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout all events. All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at FOSSConf are expected to adhere to the CoC across the Campus. The guiding principle is respect and care for self and others. Examples of unacceptable behaviours include (not exhaustive):

  • Offensive comments related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they are not appropriate
  • Threats of violence or incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, personal or political attacks, or sustained disruption of talks or other events.

The CoC applies to all FOSSConf attendees, including organisers, sponsors, speakers and talk attendees.

Reporting violations

In the event that you need to report a CoC violation:

  1. Reporting methods
    1. On-site
      • Approach any FOSSConf organiser (wearing an Organiser shirt)
      • Alternatively, head to the registration desk and inform the volunteers that you would like to report a violation.
    2. Online: Discord
      • Create a ticket at Support > #help. A new, private ticket channel will be created under the Support category, where you can send a moderator more details on the violation.
      • If you feel uncomfortable creating a ticket, feel free to reach out to us via private message.
  2. What to include when reporting
    • Identifying information of the participant doing the harassing
      • On-site: Name and outfit description
      • Online:
      • Discord username (Username#1234)
      • Mobile number or username if he/she is in Whatsapp Community or Telegram Group.
  3. The behaviour that was in violation
  4. The approximate time of the behaviour
  5. The circumstances surrounding the incident
  6. Evidence of the violation, if available
    • Online: A screenshot of the conversation where the violation occurred

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


The participant will face the following, in order of increasing severity:

  1. Time-out

    If a participant has exhibited concerning behavior, as outlined in the rules, they may be pulled into timeout. During timeout, the participant will have a discussion with our Code of Conduct representatives about any concerning behaviors until we have come to an agreement.

    1. On-site

      The participant will be separated from other participants and have a discussion with our Code of Conduct representatives in a private setting.

    2. Online

      The participant loses access to all channels on the FOSSConf server other than timeout. Only the timed-out participant and the mods will be able to see the conversation.

  2. Kicked from Fosscu Conference
    1. On-site

      The participant will be escorted off the premises and will not be allowed to re-enter.

    2. Online

      The user will be banned from the FOSSCU Discord server.

  3. Escalation to authorities
    1. On-site

      FOSSConf organisers will liaise with the venue host to initiate actions such as reporting to building security and/or police for their follow-up action.

    2. Online

      FOSSConf organisers will provide supporting evidence to Discord administrators and/or local law enforcement authorities for their follow-up action.