Code of Conduct

Program on Climate Change, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Program on Climate Change is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive space for interdisciplinary collaboration, education, and research for all participants, while also promoting and nurturing a diverse community of climate change professionals. We will work to provide a respectful environment where individuals feel supported as they participate and exchange scientific ideas.  

To facilitate the creation of  a supportive, diverse, and equitable environment of collaboration, the PCC has adopted a code of conduct for all programming that applies to all participants. To register for the 2020 PCC Virtual Summer Institute you must agree to abide by our policy of non-discrimination and code of conduct.

2020 PCC Summer Institute : Non-Discrimination and Code of Conduct

Expected Behavior

  • Use language that reflects respect and consideration for a diversity of views and opinions, irrespective of seniority, influence, or background.
  • Be considerate and collaborative.
  • Critique ideas rather than individuals.
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism.
  • Alert someone if you or others have concerns (see names and contact information given at the end of this document).

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Written (e.g., in the Zoom chat) or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership of any specific group. 
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Physical or verbal abuse by anyone to anyone, including but not limited to a participant, member of the public, guest, member of any institution or sponsor.
  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, derogatory verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking anyone.
  • Incitement to violence, suicide, or self-harm.
  • Publication of private communication without consent.
  • Sharing of conference videos or pictures of conference videos without the consent of the presenter. 


Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.  

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this meeting Code of Conduct, the organizers will intervene in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Warning the offender 
  • Interrupting a question or answer and move to the next question or speaker 
  • Removing the offender from Zoom 

PCC reserves the right to prohibit offenders from attending a future event.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you experience, witness, or become aware of unacceptable and/or unwelcome behavior, or have any other concerns, please contact one of us immediately at any time.

  • PCC Director Becky Alexander ( 
  • PCC Assistant Director Miriam Bertram (, c: 206-240-4085)
  • PCC Graduate Student Representative Greta Shum  (, c: 816-519-3131

(This code of conduct embraces some text and ideas from the Virtual Midcontinental Paleobotanical Colloquium hosted by UW in late May 2020)

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