Meeting Code of Conduct
LSST adheres to the following principles in order to provide a learning environment that produces rigor and excellence:
- Shared Responsibility. Each participant is a citizen within a larger community, and shares responsibility in maintaining the health of that community.
- Honesty. Quoting from the APS: "Science is best advanced when there is mutual trust, based upon honest behavior, throughout the community."
- Respect. Inclusive environments foster excellence by challenging us to consider a variety of viewpoints and approaches. We honor alternate viewpoints as opportunities for discussion and learning, and therefore treat others with respect, even if we disagree. Quoting from the AAS guidelines: "Scientists should work to provide an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. They should promote equality of opportunity and treatment for all their colleagues, regardless of gender, race, ethnic and national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or any other reason not related to scientific merit."
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) have provided the option of child care at the venue and a lactation room is organised and will be marked on the map. Guidelines given to presenters encourage them to use color palettes and fonts that are suitable for color blind and dyslexic participants. Social platforms with a dedicated hashtag help people to follow essential parts of the discussions through this meeting's hashtag which is #lsst2019. Participants are advised to be mindful and respectful of cultural differences between the participants. Many countries with very different cultural backgrounds are represented at our meeting, and it is every participant’s duty to make sure everybody feels welcome in our society.
The LSST2019 organizers firmly reject all kinds of abusive behaviour. The organisers have worked towards providing a welcoming, safe environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas of all the participants. Every attendee is expected to make their individual contribution towards a respectful and inclusive meeting climate. Any discriminatory behaviour against colleagues on any basis, such as gender, gender identity, race, ethnic background, national origin, religion, political affiliation, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or any other reason will not be tolerated during any LSST event. All participants have agreed to abide by the AURA standards of workplace conduct at the time of registration. Read policy here.
Reporting bullying, harassment or aggression at LSST2019
The LSST2019 Program Organising Commitee (POC) have appointed Sandrine Thomas (sthomas at lsst dot org) and Michael Wood-Vasey (wmwv at pitt dot edu) to act as the designated contact person for reporting instances of bullying, harassment or aggression.
The designated contact person is able to advise attendees on how to deal with hostile situations and incidents. In case that an event is reported, and with the approval of the reporting person, the designated contact person will approach the offending person(s) to discuss how their behaviour is causing distress to other participants and remind them of the code of conduct applicable to all participants. If more serious measures are needed, the designated contact person should inform the reporting person(s) of the procedure to follow in these cases.
Should a participant witness events of bullying, harassment or aggression, the recommendation is to approach the person who sufferred the abuse to show support, ask how they are doing, and possibly suggest for them to talk to one of the designated contact people. The decision to approach the contact person should, however, ultimately be left to the the person who sufferred the abuse.
Thank you to Lucianne Walkowicz, the Data Science Fellowship Program and Gaelle Shifrin for contributing resource documents and language to this policy.