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This policy on harassment represents a non-negotiable first step towards our mission of building an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment. All members of the research group are required to abide by the following policy on harassment in the workplace and to enforce these guidelines collectively.


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The quick version

This research group is 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), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of group members or other colleagues in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any professional setting, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media. Research group members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the group at the discretion of James Doss-Gollin.

The less quick version

All Rice employees and students must understand and comply with the University’s policies and procedures regarding harassment and discrimination, including but not limited to the Policy on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct and the Prohibited Behaviors. In addition to these formal procedures, our group adopts additional informal guidelines on conduct which may go beyond the University’s policies.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of the research environment, talks, or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, or creation of an otherwise sexualized environment.

Group members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a member engages in harassing behavior, other group members and James Doss-Gollin may take any action they deem appropriate to stop this behavior, including warning the offender or expulsion from the group and sanction through official Rice University channels.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact James Doss-Gollin immediately. James is available to help group members contact security or local law enforcement, navigate official University reporting channels, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe in the research environment. If James is the cause of the concern or you would prefer he not be involved, official concerns can be directed to the Office for Interpersonal Misconduct Prevention and Support, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or Title IX Office.

We expect research group members to follow these rules in all professional settings including the office, conferences, workshop venues, and group-related social events. We additionally expect members to treat each other professionally with respect to their work and workspaces, with constructive criticism, without dismissive behavior, and without disruption of shared working spaces.

Last update: November 24, 2020