Codes of Conduct

Essential Points Relevant to Online Interactions

  • Interact with others in ways that will make your future self proud.
  • Be respectful in your discussion and critique of ideas in Discord and during Volunteer Meetings or Social Hours.
  • Alert Hannah Hellman or Darlene Yan if you experience or observe any concerning communication or behaviors.
  • All STAR photography requirement questions that are not related to learning or understanding the EM2024 Photography Guide need to come directly to Dr. Peticolas. Dr. Peticolas will run the questions/concerns by her Photography Requirements Advisory Group, which consists of scientists and select STAR members based on equipment, expertise, and experience. Some of these advisory group members may also act as moderators in our online communities.

Welcomed Behavior

  • Communicate openly and respectfully with others.
  • Be considerate of the multitude of views, opinions, and knowledge that are different from your own.
  • Use accessible language. Avoid technical jargon and acronyms when you can, explain them when you cannot.
  • Model inclusionary expertise. If others in the group appear to be lost, slow down and ask for input.
  • Balance the time you spend sharing and listening.
  • Ask permission to take pictures of and/or post about others on social media. This applies to online screenshots as well.
  • Positive forms of scientific argumentation using calm and positive communication together with evidence to make a claim or hypothesis that may agree or disagree with another person's claim or hypothesis.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Participation in or promotion of harassment, intimidation, or discriminatory behaviors on in-person or virtual platforms, including social media or video conferencing, during meetings/events or other associated activities organized related to this project.
  • Forms of argumentative communication that are unduly negative, rather than using positive forms of scientific argumentation as described above.
  • Making comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, or breastfeeding; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or presentations; sexual advances or touching; threatening, bullying, harassment (sexual or otherwise), discrimination or stalking of any attendee, speaker, or organizer.
  • Disruption of talks at the meeting/event or other associated activities.
  • Criminal offenses.


  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
  • EM2024 admins and/or staff may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the Discord or Zoom without warning.
  • EM2024 staff will report criminal offenses to appropriate authorities and reserve the right to report a possible criminal offense where appropriate.
  • EM2024 reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.

Process for Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you are the object of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please:

  • Remove yourself from the situation and find a safe space.
  • Email or private message an Admin or EM2024 staff, such as Hannah or Darlene. Provide your name, contact information, and a brief description of what happened.
  • All concerns relating to unacceptable behavior will be treated confidentially and addressed promptly. Complainants will remain in control of the process. The EM2024 admins will outline options to resolve the situation to the complainant, make a collaborative decision, then act accordingly.

Depending on the nature of the issue, additional information, security, or local police involvement will be requested.


In creating this Code of Conduct, we drew heavily from those of other organizations, most especially the NASA Participatory Science Community.