DCO Code of Conduct and Policy on Respect

As a community of more than 1000 members around the globe, the Deep Carbon Observatory strives for a safe and respectful workplace environment. To this end, the DCO Executive Committee has come together to solidify a community-wide code of conduct and policy on respect.

Harassment can happen anywhere, but activities especially at risk – and which could impact DCO especially – include meetings, workshops, and fieldwork. Sexual harassment has received particular attention [1,2,3], however, other unprofessional interactions can cause harm, in both obvious and unexpected ways.

“Harassment damages careers, and in some cases ends them,” said Executive Committee Chair Craig Manning. “When we bring people together under the banner of DCO, we want to ensure it is in an environment with an explicit atmosphere of respect.”

Workshop or field trip organizers should make the following DCO policies available to participants, both before the event and during an introductory session, and ensure that a mechanism is in place to address complaints. Individuals with questions or concerns in any way related to this matter should contact Craig Manning or Louise Kellogg

DCO Policy on Respect

The Deep Carbon Observatory is a multidisciplinary organization comprising members with diverse professional backgrounds, genders, ages and ethnicities. It is expected that every DCO member will treat other members, staff, and everyone that they meet with courtesy, respect, and professionalism at all times. DCO meetings and field excursions should be positive experiences for all. DCO does not tolerate unprofessional conduct, discrimination, intimidation or sexual harassment. Any incident that runs contrary to the DCO culture of collegiality and this Policy on Respect should be reported immediately to a member of the DCO leadership.

DCO Code of Conduct

DCO meetings and field excursions are community events intended for networking and collaboration, as well as learning. We value the participation of every member of the community and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to other participants throughout the event and in interactions online associated with the event.

Event organizers are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), technology choices, or other group status.

The DCO code of conduct draws on similar codes currently used by other scientific organizations and communities.

These policies are available on the DCO website here.

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