Code of Conduct


The following principles are designed to ensure that the work environment in the OSU School of Earth Sciences meets the highest standard of professionalism and is one in which all members (faculty, staff, and students) feel welcome and respected.

These principles apply to personnel regardless of location: on campus, at conferences, in the field, etc.

(Principles were adapted from the Princeton Physics Department)


Respect and support department members:

  • Be courteous in your interactions
  • Be respectful of other peoples’ opinions
  • Respect the professional, physical, and personal boundaries of all members of SES
  • Give members a chance to voice their thoughts (i.e., listen, try not to interrupt)
  • Work to ensure that all members have equal access to professional and academic opportunities.
  • Ensure that, when offered, criticism is constructive and aims to create positive discussion
  • Avoid judging, discriminating, or making unwelcome jokes or disparaging remarks based on stereotypes
  • Support those who report violations of departmental or university policy

Commit to openness:

  • Be receptive to discussions of ways to improve the work environment and work relationships
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people and the sources of those assumptions
  • Take it upon yourself to establish equity for all persons. Consider the particular challenges or barriers to success that colleagues may face as members of under-represented groups
    • Here, equity refers to giving people what they need to succeed, even if that differs from individual to individual. This is distinct from equality, which gives all individuals the same treatment regardless of their starting point

Take initiative: