Niwot Ridge LTER Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy:

All participants, including students, faculty, and staff, are expected to abide by a common Code of Conduct and are required to complete the online training on sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment.

The training can be found under mycu at the following link:

The Code of Conduct applies in all places related to NWT activities (field, laboratories, offices, meetings, shuttle). 

Expected behavior

  • Treat all participants with kindness, respect and consideration.

  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech directed toward others, whether in person, in print, or online.

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.

  • Abide by principles of academic integrity and ethical professional conduct.

Harassment, intimidation, discrimination, and sexual misconduct are unacceptable. Harassment includes unfair treatment, abusive words or expressions, or intimidating behavior aimed at any member of the NWT community based on an aspect of identity. Examples of unacceptable behavior include—but are not limited to—unwelcome or offensive verbal comments related to age, appearance or body size, employment or military status, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, individual lifestyle, marital status, national origin, physical or cognitive ability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, race, or religion. Sexual misconduct includes unwanted sexual behavior, abuse in a relationship, and stalking.

Don't ignore it! If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, don't ignore it. Please notify Katharine Suding (Lead PI, or Jennifer Morse (lead field staff, with any concerns, even if you don’t know the identity of the person who caused the harm, if you are unsure whether it is something that NWT or the University could address, or if you think it’s not serious enough. There are options for seeking confidential support, for reporting harassment, discriminatory actions, and sexual misconduct, and for dispute resolution. 

How do I get help? University of Colorado Office of Victim Assistance offers support services for undergrads, grad students, staff, and faculty following a traumatic, disturbing or disruptive event.

How do I report a concern? Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at CU addresses concerns about protected class discrimination or harassment and sexual misconduct through formal investigation, informal resolutions, and remedial and protective measures.

Call 911 in an emergency for an immediate safety concern.

What do I do if I am notified about a concern? If someone's actions infringe on our ability to provide a safe, welcoming, and productive research environment, we encourage you to take appropriate action. All CU employees who have the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise, or direct faculty, staff or students are considered "responsible employees" and are required to report concerns related to sexual misconduct and protected class discrimination and harassment to the OIEC.
Consequences. The NWT LTER executive committee, in consultation with appropriate CU offices, reserves the right to enforce this Code of Conduct in any manner deemed appropriate. In cases not covered by the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, anyone violating the Code of Conduct will first be asked to cease these behaviors. Failure to comply with these requests can result in escalating consequences which may include expulsion from further participation in the NWT LTER program.

Find the Full Orientation Document here