.|  Policy on sexual and other unlawful harassment or discrimination
POLICY ON SEXUAL AND OTHER UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) LTER is committed to providing a constructive research environment that is free of harassment and that supports individual dignity and respect.
 
Accordingly, BES advocates a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination because of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, military service, or any other classification protected by Federal, State or local law. Such conduct will not be tolerated and is prohibited.
 
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
 
  1. Unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and all other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature based on gender, especially where:
    1. submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of involvement in BES;
    2. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting an individualís involvement in BES; or
    3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individualís work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive research environment.
  2. Offensive comments, jokes, drawings, pictures or cartoons, innuendoes, and other sexually oriented statements, whether verbal or written.
Similarly, any of the following conduct may involve unlawful harassment or discrimination because of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, military service or any other classification protected by Federal, State or local law:
 
  1. Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory comments, slurs, jokes or comments;
  2. Visual conduct such as derogatory poster, photography , cartoons, drawing or gestures,
  3. Physical conduct such as unwanted touching, blocking normal movement, or inappropriate physical gestures;
  4. Retaliation for having objected to reported or threatened to report harassing conduct.
If a person believes that he or she is being harassed or discriminated against because of his or her sex, race, disability, ancestry or other protected classification, such person should follow the policy of their home institution for reporting such conduct.
 
Our posting of this policy was prompted by this newsletter article from the University of Illinois on a survey of field researchers on sexual harassment & assault:
 
https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/204557
 
Updated Septemmber 29, 2015