Community Guidelines

Approved: 10/19/2023

The Abolition Lab welcomes Knox students, faculty, and staff from any discipline and with any level of digital skills experience. We are committed to fostering a learning space that encourages creativity, conversation, and collaboration across disciplines. We also provide professional assistance and a community of support for using digital and creative tools in research and teaching. 

These guidelines were prepared by Dr. Jennifer Andrella and undergraduate lab assistants Annemarie Christiansen, Selah Dow, Mimi Schweitzer, and Kyra Kellogg. It was completed in consultation with team conveners and members of the Abolition Lab. It will be revised and approved annually.

In our lab, we:

  • Model an environment that welcomes everyone, especially for those who are new to digital and creative work
  • Encourage curiosity and experimentation with a variety of disciplines, creative methods, and areas of professional knowledge
  • Embrace diverse types of scholarship with the aim of sharing our projects as broadly as possible
  • Actively listen to, engage, and respect other students, staff, and faculty
  • Ethically use Knox-provided tools and technology and protect their condition for others to use
  • Aspire to be transparent in our actions and communications with each other to foster networks of support
  • Provide constructive feedback that focuses on the work, not the person who created it
  • Encourage diverse perspectives and openness to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Practice effective collaboration and accountability by respecting the expertise and labor of all participants
  • Give credit and proper attribution to all collaborators and participants – students, staff, faculty, and external participants
  • Embrace the necessity of building collaborative relationships with the communities who are represented within our work

Our lab community does not tolerate:

  • Comments or actions that minimize one’s experience, identity, or safety
  • Deliberate disregard for preferred pronouns, names, and any other identifiers
  • Deliberate revealing of someone’s identity of experiences without consent
  • Sustained or repeated disruption of class, work times, or any other events
  • Stalking, intimidation, or pressuring of any kind
  • Verbal, physical, or sexual harassment
  • Threats or acts of violence
  • Photographing or recording video/audio without consent
  • Bullying, trolling, or intimidation
  • Sustained disruption during talks or other events

Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Protecting Sensitive Data

The Abolition Lab prioritizes protecting personal and sensitive information. Although we support using free, open-access, and/or open source tools and technology in the lab, we also affirm one’s right to privacy.

  • Never share personal or bank/credit card information online; our lab will never require you to personally purchase something
  • Students, staff, and faculty are allowed to use a pseudonym for their digital work if they do not want to use their own name or Knox username
  • Users on web-based platforms often have roles that allow them to view, edit, and delete others’ work. Please only interact with your own work
  • Some websites can be password protected. For work that engages culturally sensitive data, our staff recommends the Mukurtu web-building platform
  • After two years, completed student projects will be “archived.” This means that identifying marks (such as names, usernames etc.) will be removed from the project, but the content of the project will remain accessible
  • Our projects use Creative Commons licensing to guide how our work can be shared and utilized by others. Creators may select whichever license that best suits their needs. For more information, see the Creative Commons LibGuide or explore the License Chooser.  

Commitment to Accessibility

The Abolition Lab is committed to improving the accessibility of our projects and space. All participants in the lab will make a good faith effort to create digital projects and resources that are accessible to as many users as possible.

 If you need assistance, accommodations, or have suggestions on how to improve accessibility in the lab, please contact our lab staff at abolitionlab-user@knox.edu

Accessibility in and around the lab:
  • A height-adjustable workstation is available in the lab
  • ADA-compliant spacing in aisles between workstations
  • Window shades to minimize bright lighting
  • Food/drinks with lids are allowed in the lounge corner of the lab, but not near any lab equipment 
  • Restrooms are located in the main lobby of the library
Tools that we will use to improve computer-based accessibility:

For additional assistance, please reach out to the Director of Disability Support Services:

Stephanie Grimes
Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183
340 South West Street
Phone: 309-341-7478
Email: sgrimes@knox.edu

Options for Reporting:

If you or others are in immediate danger or are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. 

Please know that affiliated faculty, staff, and some student assistants of the Abolition Lab are responsible reporters under Title IX. If you are involved in or witness an incident in the lab or in our online spaces, you have the option to contact: 

Abolition Lab Staff Desk
Seymour Library – First Floor
2 E. South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Email: abolitionlab-user@knox.edu
Office of Campus Safety
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309-341-7979
Email: campus-safety@​knox.edu
Seymour Library Circulation and Research Desk
Seymour Library – First Floor near Lobby
2 E. South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Contact Info: knox.libguides.com/library-staff 
Kim Schrader
Title IX Coordinator
Old Jail 12, 337 South Cherry Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Cell: 309-337-6536
Office: 309-341-7751
Email: kschrade@​knox.edu 
Anonymous Reporting Forms

The Incident Report Form is for reporting general incidents to Knox College. This information will be submitted to the Associate Dean of the College, Dean of Students, Director of Campus Safety, Director of Human Resources, and Title IX Coordinator.

The Bias Report Form is for reporting incidents related to bias to the Bias Education and Support Team. This form can be completed by either the targets of bias-related incidents, witnesses, or those indirectly impacted by them (e.g. family and friends).


These community guidelines are inspired by and reference other codes of conduct from the Digital Library Federation, the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), Geek Feminism Wiki, and the Scholars’ Lab. By honoring these community guidelines, we strive to remain conscious of our responsibilities to each other, our collaborators, and the greater communities who are represented within our work. Because inclusion is an active and continuous process, we will actively update and affirm these guidelines annually. 

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