Statement on Allegations Against Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson


TORONTO [6 December 2018]

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics is concerned about the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson. In March 2014, Dr Tyson was named the inaugural winner of the Dunlap Prize, an international award recognising an individual whose achievements resonate with the Dunlap Institute’s goals for excellence in astronomy and astrophysics.

We look forward to the outcomes of the investigations that Dr Tyson’s employers are now conducting into these matters. We are currently not in a position to comment on the validity of the specific allegations, but make the unequivocal statement that the alleged behaviour runs completely counter to our values.

The Dunlap Institute has an unwavering commitment to excellence, equity and respect. We strive toward research, teaching and learning that are professional and inclusive, and we insist on a safe and supportive workplace free from harassment, violence, or other harmful behaviour. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are always unacceptable, and have a destructive effect on the lives and careers of the people who experience it.


Contact details:

Prof Bryan Gaensler
Director, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Phone +1-416-978-6223


The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is an endowed research institute with nearly 70 faculty, postdocs, students and staff, dedicated to innovative technology, ground-breaking research, world-class training, and public engagement. The research themes of its faculty and Dunlap Fellows span the Universe and include: optical, infrared and radio instrumentation; Dark Energy; large-scale structure; the Cosmic Microwave Background; the interstellar medium; galaxy evolution; cosmic magnetism; and time-domain science.

The Dunlap Institute, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, and Centre for Planetary Sciences comprise the leading centre for astronomical research in Canada, at the leading research university in the country, the University of Toronto.

The Dunlap Institute 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.