IETF Anti-Harassment Procedures
RFC 7776

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        P. Resnick
Request for Comments: 7776                   Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
BCP: 25                                                        A. Farrel
Updates: 2418, 7437                                     Juniper Networks
Category: Best Current Practice                               March 2016
ISSN: 2070-1721

                    IETF Anti-Harassment Procedures

Abstract

   IETF Participants must not engage in harassment while at IETF
   meetings, virtual meetings, or social events or while participating
   in mailing lists.  This document lays out procedures for managing and
   enforcing this policy.

   This document updates RFC 2418 by defining new working group
   guidelines and procedures.  This document updates RFC 7437 by
   allowing the Ombudsteam to form a recall petition without further
   signatories.

Status of This Memo

   This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7776.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  The Ombudsteam  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.1.  Size of the Ombudsteam  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.2.  Appointing the Ombudsteam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.3.  Professional Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.4.  Qualifications and Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.5.  Term of Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.6.  Compensation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.7.  Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.8.  Disputes with the IETF Chair Regarding the Ombudsteam . .   7
   4.  Handling Reports of Harassment  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.1.  Ombudsteam Operating Practices  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Remedies  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.1.  Remedies for Respondents in IETF Positions  . . . . . . .  11
     5.2.  Purpose of Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   6.  Disputes with the Ombudsteam  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   7.  Conflicts of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   8.  Confidentiality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     10.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     10.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18

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1.  Introduction

   The IETF has general policies for managing disruptive behavior in the
   context of IETF activities.  In particular, [RFC7154] provides a set
   of guidelines for personal interaction in the IETF, and [RFC2418] and
   [RFC3934] give guidelines for how to deal with disruptive behavior
   that occurs in the context of IETF working group face-to-face
   meetings and on mailing lists.

   However, there is other problematic behavior that may be more
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