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Code of Conduct

Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences

University of Washington

The purpose of this document is to provide an authoritative statement regarding the expectations for professional conduct for all who participate in teaching and research activities or events organized by the University of Washington Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (“CSSS”), and it is guided by the conviction that the advancement of knowledge flourishes most readily in an atmosphere of constructive debate in which all participants treat one another with dignity and respect.

CSSS is dedicated to providing a bullying-free and harassment-free learning experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. CSSS does not tolerate bullying and harassment of anyone in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from participation in CSSS activities or events at the discretion of CSSS personnel or of the organizers of CSSS events.

CSSS fosters research activities and collaborations in a variety of ways: through seminars, research funding, a consulting program, a working papers series, and the collaborative work of our core faculty. Our seminar, organized by core faculty member Jeff Arnold, meets weekly, and is unusually interdisciplinary - both in terms of speakers and audience--and is often marked by a great deal of interaction and discussion.

Bullying includes, but it is not limited to:

  • Offensive, insulting, intimidating, or malicious behavior targeted at another person or persons
  • An abuse or misuse of power intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate, or injure the person or persons at whom such behavior is targeted


Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion
  • Sexual language or images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior


CSSS recognizes that participants who feel that they have been victims of bullying and/or harassment as defined in this code of conduct are entitled to pursue their case in a safe and non-threatening environment. CSSS is committed to ensuring that complaints brought under this procedure shall not lead to the victimization or harassment of any individual.

Addressing complaints

Anyone asked to stop any bullying or harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a person engages in bullying or harassing behavior, the CSSS personnel retain the right to take any actions to keep the CSSS office space or event venue a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the CSSS office space and/or CSSS-sponsored events.

The CSSS personnel together with the organizers of any CSSS event may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. CSSS expects participants to follow these rules at all the CSSS-sponsored event venues and related activities.

Bullying, harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our events for everyone. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcomed, please report it as soon as possible. You can make a report personally by contacting the CSSS staff at

University of Washington policies

CSSS is committed to abide by standards for conduct and expectations of appropriate behavior outlined in the University of Washington’s SafeCampus code of conduct, the University of Washington’s institution-wide policies, orders, and rules, and the University of Washington’s faculty code and governance.

(This anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy is based on the eScience Institute Code of Conduct and on the example policy from Geek Feminism Wiki)