Purpose and Scope
These Community Guidelines exist to shape and guide programs supported by the Association for Health Learning and Inference (AHLI) and the growing community it engages. These guidelines are intended to help create a space where community members can feel comfortable and supported to exist, while still allowing for different– and sometimes conflicting– points of view. These guidelines serve a broader purpose than the code of conduct.
These guidelines summarize a thorough, thoughtful, and living internal policy that the AHLI Board of Directors has developed to promote a safe learning and collaborative environment. These guidelines apply to all AHLI programs including scientific meetings and informal community events. Specific persons affected by these guidelines may include, but are not limited to:
- Program volunteers including organizing committee members
- Program speakers, panelists, moderators, and other invited individuals
- Program participants and attendees
Openness. We encourage open communication and critique in our intellectual community. Strong intellectual disagreement should not be confused with aggressive behavior.
Respect. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened by tone or targeting is not one where we can have the most rigorous discussion possible. During the course of academic debate and discussion, we expect our community to do their best to act in an empathetic fashion, understanding that civility is important in all cultures. We emphasize that critique of ideas or contributions should not turn into personal attacks on persons or identities.
Responsibility. We recognize that mistakes will be made in the course of human engagement and we commit to take responsibility for them. This commitment includes listening carefully and respectfully to all complaints, and working to understand how to improve.