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Code of Conduct


Expectations. The Department of Chemistry Core Values Statement describes the expectations for all members of the Michigan Chemistry community, including faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students, and visitors. We aspire to cultivate a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for our community members. We will treat each other with dignity and respect, without harassment or discrimination. This means upholding these standards in our own conduct and also addressing workplace issues that compromise these expectations. Bystander intervention training through the Change It Up! program is offered to all graduate students and postdoctoral members of our community at the time they join the department, and training is being made available to all members of the Michigan Chemistry Community.

Reporting. A number of departmental resources are available for reporting incidents and behaviors that fall outside of the expectations for establishing a friendly, inclusive, collegial, and supportive workplace climate in our department.  A network of support is available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who wish to discuss climate concerns, and the Student Services Department, the Department Ombuds, and the Chemistry Graduate Committee provide opportunities for discussing concerns and seeking assistance.  For faculty and staff, the Department Chair, Chief Administrator, the Office of Institutional Equity, and the Faculty Ombuds Office are excellent first points of contact. Anyone may also report general concerns regarding the climate or make suggestions to improve the climate via the Climate Reporting form (Chemistry Portal), which directly and anonymously alerts the department chair of the concern.  Information specific to sexual and gender-based misconduct is available from the University and from LSA. In all cases, retaliation for reporting is forbidden and may be reported through the same channels as incidents of harassment.

Sanctions. The Chemistry Department will support investigations and sanctions from incidents that violate this code of conduct in keeping with the standards and policies of the University of Michigan. The University Standard Practice Guide Policy on Discrimination and Harassment describes the reporting procedures and corrective actions that apply to faculty and staff. Additional guidance for disciplinary action as applied to staff not represented by a bargaining unit and to faculty are available. In the case of students, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution describes student rights and responsibilities and outlines the resolution process and the sanctions levied.