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|Code of Conduct|
The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the global association of planetarium professionals. Our members come from all around the world and bring a full spectrum of experiences, differences, and unique perspectives to our community. The IPS recognizes that it is through this diversity that our organization can grow and find success in our shared mission to enhance the world’s appreciation and understanding of our universe. Therefore, we are committed to respecting and embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion in people, ideas, and opinions and providing a welcoming environment for all members of our international community.
As members of the IPS community,
Since the IPS is an international community, it is important to recognize that behavior and language that is acceptable in one particular cultural environment may not be acceptable to another. Therefore, to the best of our ability, we use discretion to ensure that our words and actions communicate respect for others.
In general, harassment is any form of excessive and/or persistent conduct that causes alarm or distress, whether based on race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, illness, impairment, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, parental status, pregnancy status, marital status, political affiliation, military and veteran status, mental health status, socioeconomic status or background, neurotype, physical appearance, or any other reason. Harassment may include any excessive forms of unwelcome attention, pressure, or intimidation.
In order to maintain a professional atmosphere that is safe and welcoming to all, the IPS is committed to ensuring all voices are heard and all interactions are respectful. As such, IPS members make a good faith effort to do the following:
The IPS understands that given the diversity of our community, it may be challenging to determine when our actions will have a negative impact on others. It is wise to think critically about our behavior and consider checking in with trusted colleagues to gauge whether our self-assessment is accurate. In the case of unintended offensive behavior, an apology, recognition of that offense, and commitment to changing behavior in the future is key to maintaining an atmosphere of respect.
At Conferences & Events
Everyone attending IPS conferences and events is entitled to an environment:
At IPS conferences and events, speakers should be mindful of potentially offensive actions, language, or imagery used in their presentations. If the presenter decides to include any potentially offensive materials to convey a message, the IPS respectfully asks that they warn the audience at the beginning of the talk and provide them with the opportunity to leave the room to avoid seeing or hearing the material.
All IPS conference and event attendees are expected to play a role in creating a safe and inviting atmosphere. If any one of us is asked to stop an inappropriate behavior, we will do so IMMEDIATELY. Any individual asked to stop any behavior but disagreeing with the need to do so must initially cease the behavior, but then may raise the issue with the IPS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chairs.
Considering the history of our IPS community, misconduct is rare. Should a violation occur, the below reporting procedure and policies have been created by the IPS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee in conjunction with the IPS By-Laws and Standing Rules, and are intended to provide consistency and due process for all parties involved.
The IPS EDI Committee is committed to supporting and fostering healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and a strong community. Therefore, the EDI Committee handles reports pertaining to Code of Conduct violations.
Generally, in order to protect all parties involved, detailed public statements about Code of Conduct incidents will not be made. EDI Committee Chairs will communicate any necessary details with authorized individuals on a case-by-case basis (see CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY below).
The IPS is committed to an environment that protects anyone who makes a report or participates in an investigation pertaining to alleged violations of the IPS Code of Conduct, policies, and/or procedures.
The IPS prohibits retaliation against anyone who:
This policy is crucial to maintaining an atmosphere in which people feel safe to raise questions and concerns at any time.
If a report is submitted regarding retaliation, the incident may be treated as harassment and the retaliator will be subject to disciplinary action (determined on a case-by-case basis).
The IPS respects the privacy of our membership and is committed to upholding the highest standards possible for managing private and confidential information in a secure and professional manner. Therefore, all members of IPS Leadership, including the Chairs of the EDI Committee, and all EDI Committee members, are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.