The Ed-Fi Community writ large is made up of technology and education professionals committed to making a positive difference in the lives of students. As such, the community is open and welcoming by default. Even so, we have a few expectations we ask of our members, memorialized in this code of conduct.

This code applies to Ed-Fi Alliance core team members, technical contractors, licensees, contributors, and general members of the public who provide input and support for the Ed-Fi Community. By participating in the Ed-Fi Community, you are asserting that you understand and agree to these guidelines.

The Code of Conduct Guidelines

This list is neither exhaustive nor exacting. Rather, it is intended to convey the core aspects of the community.

  • Be friendly and open.
  • Be welcoming. The Ed-Fi Community welcomes people of all backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, family status, political belief, and religion. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable.
  • Be considerate and respectful. Your work will be used by other members of the Ed-Fi Community, and you in turn may depend on the work of others. Be thoughtful about how you characterize your experience with products, organizations, and other people. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Communication should be appropriate for a professional or workplace environment.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time, and the Ed-Fi Community is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. The strength of the Ed-Fi Community comes from its varied members who are people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong.
  • Be mindful that we value transparency. Share information, and be clear about your interests and motivations. You should, of course, not share information with the Ed-Fi Community that you feel is confidential or proprietary. (Certain business-related exceptions may exist, for example, responses to requests for proposal or meetings covered by a specific non-disclosure agreement, and so forth.) 
  • Be respectful of intellectual property rights. Those of us working in open source technology value free and open access to information — but remain mindful of the copyright, trademark, and licensing concerns that travel with our work. Please respect those rights, and ensure information you copy and code you create is properly used and attributed.

Reporting Issues

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing We will treat the information you provide confidentially and with discretion.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If an individual engages in unacceptable behavior, the Ed-Fi Alliance may take any action appropriate, up to and including a permanent ban from the Ed-Fi Community without warning.

Credit Where Credit is Due

This document was inspired by many sources, including the Ubuntu project, the Fedora project, and the Django project (which itself was inspired by the Code of Conduct from the SpeakUp! project, which itself was inspired get the idea).

Thanks for being a member of the Ed-Fi Community, and for honoring this Code of Conduct in your work with us. We've had mercifully few causes to refer members to this Code, so something must be working.

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