Code of Conduct

The Dunlap Institute Code of Conduct has been superseded by the Dunlap Institute Values Statement.

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics is committed to making its science, training and public outreach activities productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of individuals associated with our activities in any form.

This code applies to all scientists, students and staff who are members or associates of the Dunlap Institute in all their professional conduct. It also applies to participants and instructors in Dunlap training programs, workshops, conferences and all other events or activities sponsored or organized by the Dunlap Institute.

Please follow these guidelines: 

  1. Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments or images related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion, whether offered generally or directed at a specific individual.
  1. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or sexist language and imagery is not appropriate.
  1. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down peers, colleagues or attendees.

Individuals asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. Anyone violating these rules may have their Dunlap membership withdrawn or be asked to leave the corresponding event at the sole discretion of the Dunlap Director or relevant event organizers (without a refund of any registration or admission fee). Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to the program/activity organizer or to the Dunlap Institute’s director.

This code of conduct is based on the “London Code of Conduct”, as originally designed for the conference “Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology”, held in London in July 2015. The London Code was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero license for reuse. To help track people’s improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at

Last updated 1 Sept. 2017