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Code of Conduct Regarding Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment

Dear Participant:

This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is the policy of the NSF to foster a safe and productive research and educational environment for participants in all activities funded by NSF. NSF expects all award personnel to conduct themselves in a responsible and accountable manner during the performance of award activities to help ensure all NSF-funded research and learning environments are free from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and harassment based on other characteristics protected under law. NSF requires conference proposers to have and disseminate to participants, a Code of Conduct that prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of unlawful harassment, that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy.

Caltech is committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas and promotes equal opportunity for participants. Consistent with NSF requirements and in alignment with Caltech policy, Caltech prohibits and will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment or sexual assault, as described in its Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy or harassment based on other protected characteristics as described in its Unlawful Harassment and Abusive Conduct Policy ("prohibited conduct"). These policies apply to this conference and all event participants are expected to comply with their requirements. Caltech will take prompt and equitable action upon receiving a report of harassment to determine what occurred and will take appropriate action to stop and remedy the effects of any prohibited conduct and prevent its recurrence.

Reporting Harassment

Caltech's Equity and Title IX Office is responsible for responding to and investigating prohibited conduct. Conference attendees wishing to report an allegation of prohibited conduct may file a complaint with Caltech or the NSF's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Complaints to Caltech's may be made to Caltech's Equity and Title IX office in person, by mail, by telephone, by electronic mail, or by submitting the Report Form on the Equity and Title IX Office website, which can be submitted anonymously by not filling in the contact information. The Report Form is also available from the Equity and Title IX Office and on the Equity and Title IX home page. Contact information for the Equity and Title IX Office is listed below.

Reports of prohibited conduct should be submitted as soon as possible after the incident, although reports may be made at any time.

If a conference attendee has immediate safety concerns, they should contact the Caltech Security at (626) 395-5000 or local law enforcement.

Caltech Equity and Title IX Office
Hima Vatti, Assistant Vice President Equity, Equity Investigations and Title IX Coordinator

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