Code of Conduct

By participating in research with Dr. Lia Corrales, all group members agree to the following code of conduct.

We expect cooperation from all members to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, appearance, religion (or lack thereof), nationality, and politics. We do not tolerate harassment of group members in any form.

We regard the following content as inappropriate for any venue (including meetings, presentations, or discussions): sexual language and imagery, racially charged slurs and jokes, and threats to physical safety. Weapons are prohibited in all research buildings and group meetings.

Research group members are expected to adhere to the code of conduct during all research related activities. This includes giving presentations at University of Wisconsin or other universities, attending conferences, and engaging in astronomy public education events.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination
  • Sexual imagery or language
  • Racially charged language or jokes
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome attention, including photography and recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks (e.g. interrupting or talking over another person to an unnecessary degree)
  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Dr. Lia Corrales ( immediately. If Dr. Corrales is the cause of your concern, Professor Sebastian Heinz ( has agreed to mediate. For concerns that need to be addressed at a higher level, please contact Campus Climate ( or the Office for Equity and Diversity (


For small incidents, group members that are found to violate the code of conduct will receive a verbal warning and a chance to remedy their behavior. Group members that are found to be in frequent violation with minor incidents may be asked to leave the research group at the end of the semester. Group members that are in gross violation of the code of conduct will be asked to leave the research group immediately. Researchers that are asked to leave will need to return any equipment, including hard drives and data, that they may have received over the course of their research appointment.

This code of conduct was adapted from the group of Prof M. Turk ( and the Geek Feminism wiki (