1. The Paleontological Society’s Nondiscrimination Policy
The Paleontological Society (the “Society”) strives to provide an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that environment, the Society is committed to equality, both in opportunity and in treatment, for all of its members. The Society will not discriminate in its activities or services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. The Society will endeavor to conduct all Society sponsored meetings and functions in a professional manner in which all participants are treated with courtesy and respect.
2. Member Expectations– Principles of Conduct for Paleontological Society Members
The Society’s expectations with respect to the conduct and actions of Society members are as follows:
• Society members will strive to accurately represent an understanding and knowledge of the paleontological sciences, avoiding and discouraging the dissemination of erroneous, biased, or exaggerated statements about the paleontological sciences. Society members will offer their professional advice and guidance only on those subjects in which they are informed and qualified through professional training or experience.
• Society members should mentor and encourage all students in a respectful manner that is open-minded, objective and enthusiastic, promotes curiosity, and recognizes that education is a fundamental trust conferred by society for the promotion of students’ learning and professional development. Society members should treat associates with respect, regardless of the level of their formal education, encourage them, learn with them, share ideas honestly, and give credit for their contributions.
• Society members will not plagiarize in verbal or written communications, and will give full and proper credit to the creativity, ideas, and efforts of colleagues and students. Society members will not fabricate, falsify, or suppress results, deliberately misrepresent research findings, or otherwise commit scientific fraud.
• Society members will not attempt to injure the reputation or professional opportunities of another scientist by false, biased, or undocumented claims.
• Society members will undertake reasonable efforts to ensure inclusiveness of others in the course of their work for the Society.
• Members will not practice or condone harassment in any form in any professional context (see definitions of sexual harassment and harassment in the following sections).
A. Definition of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, debilitates morale, and therefore, interferes with work effectiveness. The following are examples of behavior that, when unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment: (i) sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; (ii) verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; (iii) sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; (iv) a display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; (v) sexually explicit jokes; and (vi) unnecessary touching.
B. Definition of Other Harassment
Other harassment includes, but is not limited to: (i) epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; (ii) threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; and (iii) denigrating jokes and display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.
4. Conduct of Others
To the extent applicable, it is the expectation of the Society that all participants in Society events and activities (including guests, attendees, contractors, and
exhibitors) also uphold the principles of conduct set forth in Section 2 above in conducting their responsibilities to the Society and participating in Society activities.
5. Attending GSA
Members attending Geological Society of America meetings should also review the Geological Society of America’s Events Code of Conduct.