We in the leadership of LSST affirm the importance of maintaining an open and inclusive environment at all sites of LSST Project work, regardless of race, gender, or orientation. We have publicly communicated our commitment to these issues in presentations on workplace climate at past LSST Project and Community Workshops. AURA’s Policy on Standards of Workplace Conduct defines sexual harassment, other harassment, bullying, and the consequences for engaging in such behavior. We reiterate here that we have zero tolerance for harassment of any kind. If conclusive evidence of such behavior is brought to our attention, we will take immediate action, up to and including severing the responsible individual’s connection to the LSST Project.
We underscore the importance of providing a trusted system for reporting workplace issues within the Project. As a step to address this, we have appointed several LSST ombudspersons, and have provided them with the appropriate training.
This is a personal priority of ours. Please use this enclosed guide and refer to the ombudspersons who have been appointed to support you and our drive to success.
Steven M. Kahn
LSST Deputy Director
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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