Values and Code of Conduct

The following Statement of Values and Code of Conduct were developed by the KIPAC Community, and we ask all participants in KIPAC's activities to act in accordance with them. 

KIPAC's Values

KIPAC strives to foster a welcoming and supportive environment for all of our members and visitors as well as the broader communities of which we are part. We value compassion and respect and recognize the role they play in maintaining a thriving intellectual environment at KIPAC. These values are an essential complement to our commitment to scientific rigor and creative thinking.

KIPAC members and visitors are expected to help strengthen our community by promoting these values, for example by:  

  • Treating all members, visitors, and supporting staff in our community with respect,
  • Adopting and encouraging the practices of attentively listening to each other, asking questions, and learning from each other,
  • Proactively including people of all career levels, backgrounds, and identities in discussions,
  • Avoiding sweeping negative generalizations about, for example, groups of people, fields of study, and ways of working,
  • Proactively recognizing and giving credit to the work of others,
  • Encouraging healthy work-life balance and recognizing that each KIPAC member has a unique background and set of circumstances, and
  • Working to protect the well-being of all members and respecting any health or safety concerns. 

KIPAC members aim to consciously engage with these values and evaluate whether our community demonstrates them. Members and visitors who are concerned about this Statement of Values not being respected are encouraged to bring their concerns to the KIPAC Director, Deputy Director, or Managing Director.

Code of Conduct

Everyone at KIPAC must be treated with equity and respect regardless of personal identity and attributes, including but not limited to age, career seniority, caregiver status, disability, gender or gender identity, nationality or citizenship status, physical appearance, political affiliation, pregnancy status, race or ethnicity, religion or ideology, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. KIPAC does not tolerate discriminatory attitudes and behaviors, bullying, intimidation, or personal attacks, sexual harassment or unwanted attention, or other behavior that interferes with the full participation of others.

Adherence to this code of conduct is expected of everyone who participates in KIPAC activities. All members of the Stanford community and participants in our activities are also bound by the University Code of Conduct, and by the Stanford University policy on sexual harassment. Members and visitors who are concerned about a possible breach of this Code of Conduct are encouraged to bring their concerns to the KIPAC Director, Deputy Director, Managing Director, event host, and/or to available confidential resources. In the case of a significant potential violation, the Director or their designate will form an ad hoc committee to evaluate the potential violation and suggest potential remediations. The KIPAC Code of Conduct does not supersede laws or institutional policies of Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, or home institutions of visitors, including reporting requirements these entities may have.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

KIPAC is committed to being a place where all of its members have the opportunity to do their best work, and strives to support efforts to diversify the profession through its hiring practices, through training and mentoring diverse groups of students and postdocs, and through bringing the excitement of science to diverse audiences.

KIPAC members are deeply engaged in the equity and inclusion efforts of the broader physics community, and in related issues at SLAC. Current KIPAC Director Risa Wechsler facilitated the development of the Physics Department's E&I strategic plan with the E&I committee; KIPAC Deputy Director Bruce Macintosh currently chairs this committee. The committee's activities, which have been in many cases spearheaded by KIPAC members including students and postdocs, include educational seminars and regular discussion of E&I topics through a reading group.

We have a current task force (including students, postdocs, staff, and faculty) looking at additional equity, inclusion, and climate issues that are specific to KIPAC.