Remote Year Code of Conduct

Effective Date: January 9, 2017

What is the Code of Conduct?

Remote Year’s core values are: collaborative community; authentic experience; location-independent productivity; and, dissolving borders. In order to actualize those values, we first need to master the basics; respect and tolerance. The Code of Conduct explains our baseline expectations regarding how you will behave and treat other people while you’re associated with Remote Year.


Remote Year is committed to ensuring respect and tolerance of a diverse group of individuals, races, ethnicities, and cultures. In fact, one of the reasons that we want to bring you around the world is so you can experience other people and their culture first hand. As such, and to help ensure a safe and productive environment, participants, staff, and staff of partnering organizations are expected to behave according to this Code of Conduct. Remote Year places high value on respect and tolerance. We expect Remotes and staff to have these values in mind when they interact with each other and the world at large. As you travel with us, you’re representing yourself, you’re representing your home country, and you’re representing the Remote Year community. Please keep this Code of Conduct and our values in mind and represent us in a way that the entire Remote Year community will be proud of.


Remote Year is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Any Remote Year affiliated individual asked to stop the behavior described above is expected to comply immediately. Remote Year prohibits harassment of any kind.


Remote Year is dedicated to providing a violence-free environment. Violence includes physical altercations, coercion, pushing or shoving, intimidation, stalking, and threats of violence. Please do not joke or make offhand remarks about violence. Any Remote Year affiliated individual asked to stop the behavior described above is expected to comply immediately. Remote Year prohibits violence of any kind.


Everyone on a Remote Year program is an adult and is expected to make responsible adult decisions. It's not Remote Year's place to tell consenting adults who they can and can't date. (The exception being that Remote Year has a policy that discourages staff dating or having romantic relationships with Remotes.) Remote Year's stance on Remotes dating each other is similar to that of many higher education institutions being that Remote Year believes in the importance of Affirmative Consent. Affirmative Consent is defined as “informed, freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity that is expressed by clear and unambiguous words or actions.” Clear and unambiguous words or actions are those that are freely and actively given by informed individuals that a reasonable person in the circumstances would believe communicate a willingness to participate in a mutually agreed upon sexual activity. All incidents of sexual assault should be reported to local authorities immediately.

General Safety

Safety is a top priority at Remote Year. You’re expected to avoid behavior that is likely to cause danger to yourself or to others, (regardless of whether they are affiliated with Remote Year). This includes abusing alcohol or drugs. Remote Year assumes no liability for any behavior that breaches this Code of Conduct, including, but not limited to, violence, harassment, and sexual assault, and if you participate in behaviors in breach of this Code of Conduct, Remote Year reserves the right to contact local authorities, contact your emergency contact, or take any other steps that it deems necessary to maximize your safety and the safety of those around you.


If you observe an incident of violence or threatened violence that is immediate and serious, take steps to maximize safety first. (E.g. contact local authorities if doing so is necessary.) Additionally, you can report violations of the Code of Conduct to Remote Year through the procedures outlined below.

Code of Conduct violations may be reported by: (a) reaching out to your Program Leaders; (b) reaching out to your Program Team Manager; (c) reaching out to RY Director of Experience, Trish Kennelly; or, (d) reaching out to RY General Counsel, Sam Matthew.

All formal complaints will be treated seriously, kept as confidential as possible, and investigated fully. All investigations will be performed based on the information available and will include guidance around the following questions: Who will investigate? What will be investigated? What evidence needs to be collected? Who will be interviewed?

Violations of our Code of Conduct will be taken seriously. Alleged violations will be investigated. Each incidence will be evaluated on an individual basis. If the result of an investigation indicates that corrective action is called for, such action may include disciplinary measures up to and including immediate expulsion from the program without a refund at the discretion of Remote Year.