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MCS Code of Conduct

Text adapted from SCEC Activities Code of Conduct, August 2019

The Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction Zone Science (MCS) community takes pride in the depth and breadth of its collaboration, bringing together experts and early career researchers from all backgrounds and disciplines to improve our understanding of all aspects of the subduction zone system. We recognize that diversity and inclusivity is critical to the robustness of our science. The MCS Code of Conduct outlines specific expectations for participants of all MCS functions. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, presenters, staff, service providers, and accompanying guests. 

By accepting an invitation to participate in a MCS event, participants agree to abide by the MCS Code of Conduct.

Expected Behavior

Acknowledging that the most valuable exchange of information sometimes occurs outside of formal meeting events, all participants are expected to maintain the following behaviors during all official and unofficial/social activities:

  • Treat all participants, attendees, staff, venue staff, and guests with respect and consideration at all times.

  • Be collaborative, recognizing the value of a diversity of experiences, views, and opinions.

  • Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert MCS staff or leadership if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

  • Follow the policies of the meeting venue or any other location where an MCS activity is taking place

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.

  • Offensive comments, either verbally or through any other communication channel, related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, medical condition, body size, race, marital status, religion, national origin or any other intrinsic characteristic.

  • Threats (implied or real) of physical, professional or financial harm.

  • Intentional, uninvited physical contact of any form.

  • Behavior that is in violation of the established ethics policies of one's home institution, or of the MCS's sponsoring organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin.

Consequences and Reporting
  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

  • If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please report it to MCS’s Program Manager or any event organizer or Steering Committee member

  • MCS leaders or venue security may take actions deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning. MCS reserves the right to report the circumstances to the appropriate authorities, including but not limited to the police and/or the involved party’s home institution(s).