Winter Mentor Code of Conduct

Our pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as partipants and co-ordinators of Winter Mentor pledge to making participation in our programme and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our standards

Examples of behaviour that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

Examples of unacceptable behaviour by participants include:

Our responsibilities

Programme co-ordinators are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behaviour and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behaviour.

Programme co-ordinators have the right and responsibility to ban temporarily or permanently any participant for behaviours that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within online programme spaces, such as the website or in private communication with Winter Mentor participants, and in public spaces when an individual is engaged in the programme, for example at Winter Mentor meetups, or participating in a one-on-one mentoring session.

Support during the programme

If we are challenged by anything we experience during the programme and feel like we need further support, all participants agree that details can be shared with the programme co-ordinators, who will treat all information confidentially and provide guidance to the best of their ability.

In the case that we learn an illegal act has been committed, that someone is about to commit an illegal act, or we believe a mentor or protege may be in immediate danger, we will report this to a relevant authority.


Confidential matters may be discussed in mentoring sessions. As participants, we do not share any details that are personal to our mentor or protege, or their current or past organisations, apart from when we need the support of the Winter Mentor co-ordinators as described above.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behaviour may be reported by contacting the co-ordinator team at All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The co-ordinator team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Co-ordinators who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the programme's leadership.


This Code of Conduct is based on the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at