LSST Code of Conduct


The LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) project is made up of members from around the globe with a diverse set of skills, personalities, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. We value the contributions of every LSST project member, and we recognize a shared responsibility, as participants within a larger community, in maintaining the health of LSST’s working environment as a positive, inclusive, supportive, and successful community. While culture is best transmitted by daily example, having some formal standards for conduct can aid newcomers and reinforce good patterns. All employees, vendors, and visitors are expected to comply with this policy and to take appropriate measures to ensure that their conduct reflects our values of civility, respect, and inclusiveness and that prohibited conduct does not occur.

Since LSST is an AURA center, the AURA Standards of Workplace Conduct provides a starting point. As stated in this document, we dedicate ourselves to “fostering a civil and inclusive community characterized by mutual respect for the contributions of all individuals.” As a member of the AURA community, LSST supports the values in that document, in addition to the codes of conduct adopted by our partner institutions.

Sexual harassment, other forms of unlawful harassment whether physical or verbal (i.e. offensive language), and discrimination are covered in detail in the AURA Standards of Workplace Conduct. LSST has zero tolerance for these prohibited behaviors. If conclusive evidence of such behavior is brought to our attention, the LSST Directorate will take immediate action, up to and including severing the responsible individual’s connection to the LSST Project. LSST has a legal responsibility to address discrimination and harassment. This Code of Conduct focuses on expected behaviors that will promote a positive working environment.

LSST is an extremely challenging project, and it will take the best people exerting their best effort to make it successful. An inclusive, collaborative environment is necessary to support a broad, diverse group of individuals as they contribute to this endeavor.

Elements of LSST Workplace Culture >

Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, 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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