Department Establishes Code of Conduct

April 11, 2022

Department Establishes Code of Conduct

A graphic that says "Department Code of Conduct"

Last week, the Department adopted the following code of conduct to serve as a guide for all members of the Department. The code of conduct can be found below and will be posted here.


The following principles are designed to ensure that the work environment in the Department of Anthropology meets the highest standard of professionalism and is one in which all members (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) feel welcome and respected. (These principles were adapted from the OSU Department of Physics which, in turn, adapted it from the Department of Physics at Princeton.)


  • Be courteous in your interactions.
  • Respect the professional, physical, and personal boundaries of department members.
  • Give members a chance to voice their thoughts.
  • Work to ensure that all members have equal access to opportunities, including networking that happens in a social context.
  • Ensure that, when offered, criticism is constructive and aims to create positive discussion.
  • Avoid judging, discriminating, or making unwelcomed jokes or disparaging remarks based on stereotypes.
  • Support those who report violations of departmental or university policy.


  • Be receptive to discussions of ways to improve the work environment and work relationships.
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people and the sources of those assumptions.
  • Take it upon yourself to eliminate particular challenges or barriers to success that department members may face as members of underrepresented groups.


  • Intervene when others exhibit conduct unbecoming of a community member.
  • Speak up when department members are disrespectful of a group or class of people (even when members of that group are not present).
  • Seek opportunities for education / training on diversity, inclusivity, reporting, and bystander intervention techniques, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Acquaint yourself with OSU policies on sexual misconduct and codes of conduct.