Code of Collegial Conduct

All people at UCI, including students, postdoctoral/professional researchers, faculty, staff and visitors, are to treat each other with respect and consideration because we value a diversity of views and opinions.

Expected Behavior 

  • Be considerate, respectful and collaborative.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and the people around you. Alert UCI personnel if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Speak up if you witness unacceptable behavior and/or report it afterward.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Any conduct which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment
  • Physical or verbal abuse of anyone; disparaging comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, physical appearance, age, socio-economic status, veteran status, race, creed, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital/domestic partnership status, or other protected characteristics 
  • Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form
  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images or discussion of private sexual experiences that would be deemed offensive to a reasonable person

Reporting & Resolving Incidents

  • If you encounter unacceptable behavior, please document it and report it to at least one the following people who are required to follow up on your complaint. Although they will strive to respect your privacy, they cannot guarantee your anonymity. (For most up-to-date contacts, check out
    • Your Supervisor, Department Manager or Chair, Department or School Personnel Manager
    • Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux (, Department of Physics & Astronomy Inclusive Excellence Committee Chair
    • Jillian LeMaster-Dwyer (, School of Physical Science Academic Counselor and Sexual Harassment Officer
    • Phong Luong, (, Graduate Division Counselor
    • Kirsten Quanbeck or Theresa Truman (, UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) Title IX & ADA Officers. Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Hotline: 949- 824-7037.
  • If you wish to remain strictly confidential, you can seek advice or help from these campus sources:
    • Counseling Center, which is open to everyone associated with UCI (students, faculty and staff), and useful especially in cases of emergencies: 949-824-6457, http://www.counseling.uci.ed
    • Ombudsman’s Office, an alternate channel to discuss complaints, concerns or problems confidentially in a neutral environment: MSTB 205, 949-824-7256,
    • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) for staff, postdoctoral researchers & faculty: 949-824-3273
    • CARE (UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education), who can provide counseling, consultation and a variety of services free of charge to enrolled students: 949-824-7273,