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EarthScope Code of Conduct

EarthScope Consortium is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants in EarthScope-sponsored or EarthScope-supported activities, including those of the NSF GAGE and SAGE Facilities. All persons affiliated with or participating in activities are expected to adhere to the highest standards of conduct and to maintain personal and professional integrity as outlined in this Code of Conduct. This statement is meant to cover all programming of EarthScope Consortium and NSF SAGE and GAGE Facilities, including meetings and events, as well as those sponsored by organizations or entities other than EarthScope but held in conjunction with EarthScope events or involving EarthScope, NSF GAGE, or NSF SAGE support, in public or private facilities or online.

Expected Behavior

  • Treat others with respect and consideration, value a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Be considerate, inclusive, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Be kind to others. Avoid personal attacks.
  • Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Respect the rules and policies of meeting venues, hotels, contracted facilities, or any other venue.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Do not insult or put down others.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.
  • Physical, written, or verbal abuse of any participant or guest will not be tolerated.
  • Other examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; or threatening, stalking, or surreptitiously recording/photographing any participant or guest.


  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior or requested to leave by the senior EarthScope representative is expected to comply immediately.
  • Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to cease participation in any activity, including but not limited to, the return of loaned equipment and/or cessation of staff field support without warning.
  • EarthScope Consortium reserves the right to prohibit attendance or participation at any future meeting, event, or activity.

Reporting and Witnessing Behavior

  • If you experience or witness behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety, or a crime, call 911 immediately. Take actions necessary to maintain your own personal safety first.
  • If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please report it to the EarthScope Consortium Chief Executive Officer (executive-staffat, Human Resources (humanresourcesat, or the on-site EarthScope point of contact.

January 2023