The W3C process document empowers the Director to suspend or remove participants from groups. This document provides details about implementation and delegation.

The W3C Code of Conduct takes priority in case of any inconsistencies with this document.

Warnings are given by W3C group chairs and/or team contacts.

1. Consistent with the practices below, the Director delegates authority to suspend or remove participants:

If the chair, team contact, CEO, or COO is the one accused of unacceptable behavior, they should not be involved in the decision to ban.

2. Following violation of the W3C Code of Conduct, at least one warning, and at least one subsequent violation of the Code of Conduct, chairs, or team, may temporarily or permanently suspend participation by a person who has not formally joined the group.

3. Following a warning, a W3C group chair and team contact may propose to suspend or remove a participant from a single group - typically for egregious and repetitive Code of Conduct violations - by making a request to the CEO.

4. In extreme cases (such as death threats, or physical threats in general), the CEO and COO, acting together, may suspend or remove someone from participation in all groups. The CEO and COO must announce the action to W3C Management along with the rationale.

5. Typically a suspension will encompass participation in all forms, including meetings, email, IRC, Github posting, etc. In no case may a person be blocked from seeing public information (e.g. mailing list or Github posts, public minutes).

6. No individual may be banned from sending email to the W3C Ombuds team. (Bots may be banned.)

7. The W3C Systems team may block spammers and others who abuse our systems.

8. The W3C Systems team will provide technical support to implement suspensions.

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