Geosciences Code of Conduct1,2

Preamble:  Geoscientists play a critical role in ethical stewardship of the Earth, the understanding and use of Earth’s resources, and the interactions between society and the Earth System. Geoscientists must earn the public’s trust and maintain confidence in the work of individual scientists and the geosciences as a profession. To do so, we must engage with diverse populations and perspectives and do so with patience, humility, and respect. Our goal is to foster a departmental environment of equitable treatment, inclusivity, and mutual respect, and to promote a safe and healthy environment for students and employees.

Associates of the Department of Geosciences adhere to the following code of conduct:

We communicate with honesty and transparency, act responsibly and with integrity, and present work without falsification or fabrication of data, misleading statements, or omission of facts.

We accurately cite authorship, acknowledge the scientific and material contributions of others, and do not plagiarize.

Our goal is to foster an environment of mutual respect and safety in the workplace as well as in classes, labs, fieldwork, and social events, especially when in a position of power or involving underrepresented groups.  In order to reach this goal, we strive to:

  • Listen to others’ perspectives, seek to understand them, learn different sides of arguments before passing judgement, and conduct ourselves in a professional manner even when it is not reciprocated
  • Understand and respect people’s similarities and differences in race, nationality, religion, culture, age, disability, gender identity and expression, and appearance.
  • Be an upstander who recognizes and acts to safely and effectively diffuse situations or intervene when witnessing harassment or discrimination against others.

We understand that interactions with communities outside our department must be responsible and inclusive. We are sensitive to imbalances of power and the potential impacts our actions may have in those communities or the environment in which we work.

We are cognizant of degrading interactions, unwanted contact, and potential unwarranted communications, such as disrespectful comments, interrupting, hurtful sarcasm, passive-aggressive phrasing, intimidation, retaliation, offensive language, and innuendo.

We recognize our responsibility to report instances of harassment, bullying, discrimination, or safety violation in the workplace, classroom, or field to our supervisor.

1Drawn partly from examples of USU Biology Dept, AGI, GSA, AGU codes, and the Forum on Education Abroad.

2This ties to Articles V, VI, and VII of the USU Student Code: