Code of Conduct

The open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought and expression, and respectful scientific debate are central to the mission of the Simons Foundation and the Flatiron Institute. These ideals require a community that recognizes and respects the inherent worth of every person.

Event attendees are required to observe all rules of decorum and show respect for all others present, as befits any professional setting. Conduct that is disruptive, causes discomfort or stress to others, or is highly unusual or disrespectful is grounds for removal from the premises at the Simons Foundation’s discretion.

Further, we are committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment, bullying, discrimination and retaliation. This includes offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religious (or nonreligious) affiliation, politics or any other personal characteristics.

We do not tolerate:

  • Bullying, intimidation, personal attacks, harassment, vulgar exchanges;
  • Repeated and/or sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Behavior that interferes with another’s full participation;
  • Sexual harassment, unwelcome sexual attention, stalking, harassing, photographing or recording, inappropriate physical contact.

Those in violation of this Code of Conduct may be subject to immediate action ranging from dismissal from a meeting or event to permanent barring from the Simons Foundation and the Flatiron Institute, as determined on a case-by-case basis by our representatives or leadership.

Adherence to this Code of Conduct is expected of all staff, visitors and conference participants. The code applies both to in-person behaviors and behavior during use of any other communication channels related to the Simons Foundation or Flatiron Institute, including social media. In addition, the code requires all staff, visitors and participants to respect requests for confidentiality during scientific talks.

We believe our Code of Conduct is essential to the success of our mission. Mutual respect for one another will stimulate our best impulses and performance.

If you have any questions, or want to report a violation of this code, please email: [email protected]

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