CODE OF CONDUCT
The International Kimberlite Conferences Advisory Committee (IKCAC) and the 12 IKC Organising Committee welcome all who are interested in research, exploration and mining related to diamonds, their deep-rooted magmatic hosts and their cratonic settings. We are committed to providing an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of this, Kimberlite Conferences foster the exchange of scientific ideas through open and respectful dialogues at oral and poster sessions, field trips, and seminars. We are committed to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all attendees, regardless of age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnicity, religion or religious belief, marital status, physical appearance, body size, disability, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.
It is the responsibility of the IKC organisers and of the attendees themselves to ensure that such an atmosphere is maintained. We consider the rich diversity of our community a resource that should be drawn upon when selecting organising committees, invited speakers, and nominees for IKCAC membership and for special prizes.
Expected Conduct at 12 IKC
IKCAC and 12 IKC endorse and expect a professional and respectful atmosphere that values a diversity of views and opinions. All conference meetings, associated activities including social events and field trips, shall be conducted in a professional atmosphere in which all participants are treated with courtesy, respect and consideration. We promote a professional and respectful atmosphere where participants communicate openly, with civil attitudes that are considerate, collegial, and collaborative and that is free of inappropriate behaviour and harassment by or toward all participants, including professionals and scientists, students, guests, staff, vendors, and other suppliers.
IKCAC and 12 IKC will neither tolerate scientific misconduct nor harassment of any sort. As a condition of participation in 12 IKC as well as associated activities including social events and field trips, attendees are expected to adhere to professional scientific standards and to conduct themselves appropriately. Attendees will not engage in dishonest misrepresentation, coercive manipulation, censorship, or other misconduct that alters the content, veracity, or meaning of research findings. Attendees will not engage in harassment, intimidation, bullying, or discrimination of any participant of conference meetings as well as associated activities including social events and field trips. This includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal abuse or threats of harm; stalking or uninvited physical contact and inappropriate use of sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; or disruption of presentations at oral or poster sessions or other events organised at 12 IKC meeting venues, hotels, or field trips.
Attendees will not engage in harassment, intimidation, bullying, or discrimination of any participant of conference meetings as well as associated activities including social events and field trips. This includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal abuse or threats of harm; stalking or uninvited physical contact and inappropriate use of sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; or disruption of presentations at oral or poster sessions or other events organised at 12 IKC meeting venues, hotels, or field trips.
When presentations, abstracts or geological materials, including rocks, minerals and diamonds are available for viewing, you should not retain or use any such materials. Copying, redistributing, or using data from presentations without explicit permission are violations of the code of conduct. If you would like to (i) use a presentation for anything beyond your personal learning, please contact the author to request permission, and/or (ii) take geological materials for research or other use, please contact the owner of the materials. You should not use coercive behaviour to elicit such permission.
Reporting an incident of scientific or other ethical misconduct
Any attendee who believes that an incident of scientific or ethical misconduct has taken place, by an individual or group of individuals, is encouraged to contact the International Kimberlite Conference Advisory Committee by contacting IKCAC Secretariat. Alternatively, you may prefer to send an email to any of the IKCAC members listed below. Reports submitted via either route are treated confidentially.
Reporting an incident of harassment
Anyone attending 12 IKC and associated events who feels harassed is encouraged to inform the alleged harasser immediately that the behaviour is unwelcome. In many instances, the person may be unaware that their conduct is offensive and when advised can correct the conduct so that it does not reoccur. However, anyone who feels harassed IS NOT required or expected to discuss the concern with the alleged offender. If the complainant does not feel comfortable with such an approach, they should use the email IKCAC Secretariat. or contact any of the IKCAC members listed below. All reports of harassment or sexual harassment will be treated seriously and confidentially.
Procedures for addressing misconduct
Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to immediately cease and desist. 12 IKC Organising Committee members, security, or law enforcement personnel shall take action(s) deemed necessary and appropriate to address misconduct. Actions range from a verbal warning to immediate removal from the meeting or activity, without refund of registration fee. IKCAC also reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting or IKCAC-sponsored event.
Email addresses of IKCAC members designated for reporting of incidents
Sonja Aulbach: [email protected]
Graham Pearson: [email protected]
Roberta Rudnick: [email protected]
Thomas Stachel: [email protected]