Interim CNCF Code of Conduct Committee

Notice: This committee description is a draft version being published for review and comment by CNCF community members.  The public comment period will end on July 15, 2022, after which the Interim CNCF Code of Conduct Committee will consider the feedback received prior to adopting a final version of this committee description.


The Interim CNCF Code of Conduct Committee (“CoC Committee”) is a committee that responds to, investigates, and resolves CNCF Code of Conduct incidents.  The Interim CoC Committee is a temporary committee that will operate until a more permanent structure results from the collaborative process described as Step 2 in the CNCF blog post Upcoming Code of Conduct Updates at CNCF.

Our Jurisdiction and Escalation Policy describes the Interim CoC Committee’s relationship to the Linux Foundation (LF) events staff, who enforce the Linux Foundation Events Code of Conduct, and project-level Code of Conduct responders (e.g., the Kubernetes Code of Conduct Committee). 


The Interim CoC Committee consists of 3 community members, 1 LF Events staff member, and 2 CNCF staff members.  The members of the interim committee are listed below:

Community Members (volunteers from the Technical Oversight Committee):

Alternate Community Members:  

CNCF Staff:

If one of the CNCF staff members listed above is unavailable or has to recuse themselves from participating in resolution of a CoC incident due to a conflict of interest (see our Conflict of Interest policy), CNCF may appoint an alternate CNCF staff member to take their place for that incident.

Linux Foundation Staff:

In order to ensure that multiple Community Members are involved in resolution of each incident, alternates participate when one or more of the primary Community Members listed above are unavailable (e.g., due to illness) or recuse themselves due to a conflict of interest.  Similarly, LF and CNCF may appoint an alternate for a particular incident if one of their representatives listed above is unavailable or has a conflict of interest.

How Decisions Are Made

Decisions of the Interim CoC Committee shall be made by consensus whenever possible.  In the event consensus cannot be reached, decisions shall be made by majority vote of non-conflicted members of the Interim CoC Committee.  A decision to take temporary interim action in the event of an emergency may be taken by any individual Interim CoC Committee member acting in good faith, and the Interim CoC Committee shall review such action and decide whether to confirm or reverse such action.  Any permanent action shall require approval of a majority of non-conflicted members of the Interim CoC Committee.  The CoC Committee may take action without a meeting if there is unanimous agreement among non-conflicted members expressed in writing (e.g., email or slack); however, if there is not unanimous agreement, the CoC Committee may only take action during or after a meeting takes place at which the proposed action is discussed and voted upon by a quorum of the non-conflicted members.  A majority of non-conflicted members shall be deemed a quorum for purposes of a meeting.  See the “Conflict of Interest” section of the Incident Resolution Procedures for more information.

External Support Resources

The Interim CoC Committee may, in its discretion, engage external mediators, investigators, advisors, and consultants as needed to assist with resolution of CoC Incidents.  Any such external resources shall not have a vote, and shall be required to maintain confidentiality in accordance with our Confidentiality Policy.

Incident Resolution Procedures

Please see our Jurisdiction and Escalation Policy and our Incident Resolution Procedures, which address: 


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