School of Oceanography Code of Conduct

As members of the School of Oceanography, the University of Washington, and the global scientific enterprise, we share a responsibility to act ethically and professionally. We act in a professional manner that is welcoming to all, and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Oceanography values and welcomes individuals of diverse identities and characteristics.†

As individuals and as a community, we:

  • Recognize our individual and collective obligations to be truthful and to treat each other with respect. 
  • Strive to create a collegial, considerate, inclusive, and professional environment in our classrooms, labs, offices, in meetings and online. 
  • Are cognizant of the particular obligation to model appropriate behavior during interactions that involve the inherent power differentials among department members.
  • Work together to create a supportive environment that fosters academic and scientific progress and ensures that all members of the department have access to a safe working and learning environment. 

Should unprofessional or inappropriate actions or comments be observed or experienced, direct intervention calling attention to the problematic behavior is often the best response. If that does not feel appropriate or safe, one should contact Oceanography’s administration, one’s supervisor, the UW Ombuds office (confidential), and/or SafeCampus to help determine and effect an appropriate response.  The School's conflict resolution page offers additional resources.

The School reserves the right to take disciplinary action, as described in the appropriate university documentation for each community member type (faculty code, student conduct code, etc), for non-compliance with the  School’s code of conduct.

†These include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, family background, religion, and marital, parental, veteran and ability status.


This code was adopted by faculty vote on April 13th 2022

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