CODE OF CONDUCT
The Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected in our community, and is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all members and visitors. This Code of Conduct is important for promoting diversity and creating an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative environment for all people. All members and visitors are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct while participating in or representing the Department at any event or activity.
- Treat everyone with kindness, respect, and consideration.
- Communicate your views clearly and in an open manner, with respect for other participants.
- Evaluate the work of colleagues fairly, constructively, with open-mindedness, and courtesy.
- Actively consider and respect the likely diversity of backgrounds experienced by those with whom you interact.
- Encourage a climate where multiple scientific and professional perspectives can coexist.
- Create and contribute to a professional environment that does not hinder others’ ability to participate.
- Do not use demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
- To the best of one’s ability, protect the physical and emotional safety of members and visitors, whether that individual or group is present or absent.
- Cease unacceptable behavior immediately upon request, regardless of your level of agreement with the request.
- Harassment, intimidation, or stalking in any form, regardless of intent, and in any virtual or physical space associated with the Department.
- Discrimination or hate bias related to race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation, disability, neurodivergence, medical condition, religion, political affiliation, philosophy, profession, socio-economic status, or other aspects of identity and their intersections.
- Inappropriate physical contact or unwanted sexual attention.
- Bullying behavior or retaliation for reporting unacceptable behavior.
- Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
- For matters of immediate physical safety, please call 911.
- If you are not in immediate danger but feel that you are the subject of unacceptable behavior, have witnessed any such behavior, or have other concerns, please consult the relevant resources (see ENTM Resources Guide).
- In cases where you have observed a potentially harmful situation or interaction, report if you feel comfortable doing so and have the consent of target(s), where appropriate.
- Depending on the gravity of the report, the matter will be handled and referred to the appropriate offices, following UMD and Departmental policies.
- Sexual Misconduct: https://ocrsm.umd.edu/sexual-misconduct/prohibited-conduct-definitions
- Hate-Bias and Crimes: https://diversity.umd.edu/bias/faqs