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We are a group of graduate students creating a place to support each other through the process of earning a Ph.D. There are many up and downs throughout this time in our lives. We hope this group will offer advice, solidarity, and a safe place to vent about your struggles. We have created the following channels (topics): general, grant writing, paper writing, comps/dissertation, social, cool stuff, mentoring younger students, and having a tough day.  Slack will be set up so that additional channels can be added as needed.

We really love the enthusiasm we’ve gotten on #GradStudentSlack! Our vision was to create a space for grad students to discuss common issues and victories, to connect with each other, and to have a fun place to express themselves. There may be sensitive discussion between students, and we want the group to feel relatively free to discuss without fear of possible repercussions from advisors/PIs/etc. Because of that, we’ve decided the slack should be strictly current grad students. We appreciate all of the participation and support that we’ve gotten, but we would like this slack to be only grad students.

We also want to remind you that although the site should be all graduate students, we can’t police everything that is posted. So, please be careful with what you’re posting and remember that anyone on the page or in the channels can read it.

Please read the code of conduct below before joining!

Purpose:

Our Code of Conduct outlines expectations regarding participants’ behavior. We promote freedom of expression and open communication, but we expect participants to follow our code of conduct. Participants should avoid offending other members, participating in serious disputes, and disrupting the environment of our slack. We also expect that all participants will treat each other with respect and equality in mind in order to ensure that this is a safe and fun place for everyone involved. This code applies to all participants on Grad Student Slack.

Code of Conduct:

Compliance with the Law: All participants must comply with the laws. We expect participants to be ethical and responsible. Any and all information gathered from #GradStudentSlack and the Grad Student Slack twitter (@GradSlack) for any publication purposes must be appropriately acknowledged as coming from Grad Student Slack and it’s members.

Respect: All participants should show the utmost respect for other members. We have a zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior, harassment or victimization. We also want to promote an environment of equality among all members, so we expect no racism, sexism, xenophobia, and no prejudice due to sexual orientation or preference.

Harassment: All participants must follow guidelines regarding harassment. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to equality, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and no prejudice due to sexual orientation or preference.

Communication and Collaboration: We want to foster a safe and friendly environment for all graduate students who want to join, so we expect participants to be friendly and open for communication. Participants should also avoid purposely offending other members and participating in serious disputes.

Anonymity: We expect members to provide their name in order to participate. If there’s an issue with sharing your full name please contact us at gradstudentslack@gmail.com, and we can consider additional options.

Policies: All participants should read and follow our code of conduct. If participants have questions, they should contact the administrators at gradstudentslack@gmail.com.

Users: Any graduate students are welcome to join. We also welcome students planning to begin graduate school. However, our vision was to create a space for grad students to discuss common issues and victories, to connect with each other, and to have a fun place to express themselves. There may be sensitive discussion between students, and we want the group to feel relatively free to discuss without fear of possible repercussions from advisors/PIs/etc. Because of that, the slack should be strictly current grad students. Therefore, after a PhD student secures a postdoc or other position, they should leave the slack and join the other slacks available to them if they choose to do so.

Disciplinary Actions:

If a person notices that the code of conduct is not being followed, please report to the administrators at gradstudentslack@gmail.com. The first report against a person will result in a warning. A second offense will result in the user being suspended indefinitely from our page.

Parts of the code of conduct section is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License adapted from the Biomedical Postdoc Slack Group code of conduct, the Greene Lab code of conduct, http://2012.jsconf.us/#/about & The Ada Initiative.

 

To join @GradSlack please click here

We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Thanks,

Brae Bigge, Rosalyn Henn, and Brittany Jack