Code of Conduct

It is NSF policy to foster harassment-free environments wherever science is conducted, including at NSF-sponsored workshops.  This workshop is organized under an NSF award to the University at Buffalo (UB); the award is administered by the Research Foundation of SUNY (RF).  The University at Buffalo and the Research Foundation of SUNY prohibit sexual harassment in all forms, including sexual assault.

The following policies specifically prohibit sexual harassment and sexual assault, and protect individuals who oppose sexual harassment against retaliation:

UB Discrimination and Harassment Policy: This policy applies to all members of the University at Buffalo community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, vendors, visitors, and guests to the campus.

Research Foundation Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy: This policy applies to all those with RF responsibilities and also third-parties conducting business with the RF, including the participants of this workshop.

Individuals who have concerns about sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination may consult with UB's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) confidentially through email:, telephone: (716) 645-2266 or by submitting a contact form through EDI's website.  Anonymous reporting is also available through UB's confidential EthicsPoint reporting system.  

Allegations or reports of sexual harassment, or other activities that may involve improper conduct or violations of RF policies, may be reported to the PIs, RF UB human resources office (Zachary M. Jenney (716) 645-4439, Sean O'Brien (716) 645-4485), RF Operations Manager (Dr. Venu Govindaraju (716) 645-3321), the RF Central HR Office, the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Internal Audit (716) 829-6959, the Office of Research Compliance (Richard J. Karalus (716) 888-4881), or anonymously through the RF’s Ethics Hotline (toll-free: 844 678-0455).  Individuals should not report suspected or actual sexual harassment to a person suspected of engaging in that conduct if that person is identified as an avenue for reporting a complaint.  Reports of Sexual Harassment may be made verbally or in writing.  A form for submission of a written complaint is available here.