Harassment Policy


USRA–Houston and its member institutes, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Division for Space Life Sciences, are committed to providing a harassment-free environment at USRA-managed workshops and conferences.

Harassment is against the law and is a form of discrimination. Harrassment includes any improper and unwelcome conduct that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offense or humiliation to another. Harassment includes (but is not limited to) words, gestures, or actions that tend to annoy, alarm, abuse, demean, intimidate, belittle, or cause personal humiliation or embarrassment to another; or that cause an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. It includes harassment based on any grounds such as race, religion, color, creed, ethnic origin, physical attributes, gender, or sexual orientation. Harassment also includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or unwanted sexual attention by other meeting attendees, whether male or female. It can include a one-off incident or a series of incidents. Harassment may be deliberate, unsolicited, and coercive.

All complaints will be treated seriously, kept as confidential as possible, and investigated to the extent possible and appropriate.