April 23, 2021

Code of Conduct

Equity and inclusion are integral to TriCEM’s mission. Diverse perspectives are critical for new ideas and insights, particularly in an interdisciplinary field such as evolutionary medicine. Accordingly, we acknowledge and value all dimensions of diversity. We are committed to respect, inclusivity, and equity for TriCEM participants at every level, regardless of socially-defined race, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, ability status, profession, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

To help create an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative environment for all people, we expect that any person affiliated with or funded by TriCEM abide by the following code of conduct.

  • Treat all people with civility, consideration, and respect, while valuing the diversity of viewpoints, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences among our community members.
  • Uphold the highest standards of scientific and professional integrity, including:
    • Evaluating the work of colleagues fairly and objectively,
    • Recognizing all contributors to the science and not claiming credit for the work of others, and
    • Avoiding fabrication, falsification, suppression, or deliberate misrepresentation of research findings.

Demeaning, discriminatory, exclusionary, or harassing behavior in any form is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated by any person affiliated with, funded by, or participating in any in-person or virtual program hosted by TriCEM. These behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Deliberate intimidation, belittling of others, or bullying behavior,
  • Offensive gestures,
  • Stalking or following,
  • Unwelcome attention or inappropriate physical contact, including unwanted sexual advances or contact and threat of or realized bodily harm,
  • Verbal or written comments related to socially-defined race, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, ability status, profession, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or physical appearance, and
  • Retaliation for reporting unacceptable behavior.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns related to the expected code of conduct, please contact TriCEM Director Charlie Nunn (clnunn@duke.edu) or Assistant Director Meredith Spence Beaulieu (meredith.spence.beaulieu@duke.edu), or contact the Office of Institutional Equity at your university directly.

Those found to be violating the code of conduct may be subject to action, including but not limited to removal from an event, barring from future events and opportunities, and reporting of the incident to appropriate authorities at the person’s home institution.