Computer Science Department Statement of Values

We share with you The Department of Computer Science Statement of Values. This document formalizes our intent to work toward creating an intellectual environment where all members, regardless of background or personal attribute, can grow and learn without discrimination, harassment, or other mistreatment.

We expect all members of the Oxy Computer Science community to uphold the values in our statement; we are in the process of developing a form that will allow members of the community to share upholdings and violations. The department will review submissions regularly and will report back to the community about any common issues or themes.

The Statement of Values is a living document that will continue to evolve, and we will document that evolution here

Participants in the process to date

Dyani Dillard '22

Joey Rose '22

Alexis Hale '20

Teagan Mucher '20

Celia Chen

Hsing-Hau Chen

Paul David

Alan Knoerr

Kathryn Leonard

Justin Li

Jeffrey Miller

Teddy Pozo

Irina Rabkina

Ümit Yalçinalp

Thomas Yeh

Background: Why have a Statement of Values?

In 2018, only a year after the launch of our department, we were already aware of several racist and sexist incidents. We were troubled that our departmental culture was not what we had envisioned. In fall of 2019, in order to help foster the community that we desired, a small group of faculty proposed that the department adopt a Code of Conduct and wrote a first draft. Since then, departmental faculty and students have been working on refining that initial document into the statement we share with you here. A brief timeline of our process follows.

  • Fall 2019. A small group of faculty proposed that the department adopt a Code of Conduct and wrote a first draft. 
  • Early spring 2020. The department and two student representatives approved the idea of a departmental code of conduct, changing the name to Statement of Values.
  • Fall 2020. The original statement was rewritten and approved by the department and student representatives. For further review, the new statement was circulated by email among a group of students identifying as belonging to certain marginalized groups.
  • Spring 2021. Intercultural Community Center Director Chris Arguedas met with the department and student representatives and provided additional feedback and recommendations. Revisions based on that conversation were quickly approved. Shortly thereafter we convened a focus group of students to provide feedback, but none was given.
Revision history

Check here for descriptions of changes made to the Statement of Values and the reasons behind those changes.