Code of Conduct for all Activities of the ASA

This code of conduct applies to all participants at ASA endorsed meetings or activities.

See also the ASA's Code of Ethics.

It is the policy of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) that its members and all participants in its activities are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment (see ASA Code of Ethics). The ASA is therefore committed to making its meetings and events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form during ASA activities.

This code of conduct applies to all participants at ASA endorsed meetings or activities.

We ask that you follow these guidelines:

Individuals engaging in behavior prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees and the reporting of their behavior to their employer. Repeat offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future Society or Chapter meetings or other activities. Council is granted the right in its By-Laws to terminate the membership of any member.

Anyone who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to the meeting organiser or to the ASA President.

Parts of this code of conduct are based on the London Code of Conduct, as originally designed for the conference 'Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology', held in London in July 2015. The London Code was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero license for reuse. To help track people's improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at

Parts of this code of conduct are also based on the AAS anti-harassment policy, used with their permission.

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