The Participant Code of Conduct is for participants in SPARK (Space Physics and Astronomy Research Kamp) events.


NSF and the University of Iowa are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants in any conference, workshop, or event hosted or managed by the University of Iowa, no matter what role they play or their background. This includes respectful treatment of everyone regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, level of experience, political affiliation, veteran status, pregnancy, genetic information, as well as any other characteristic protected under state or federal law.

All participants (and guests) are required to abide by this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is adapted from the one adopted by UCAR and AGU, complies with the directive from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and applies to all SPARK events.

Expected Behavior:

· All participants are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions

· Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative

· Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals

· Avoid personal attacks directed toward other participants

· Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants

· Alert SPARK/University of Iowa staff and volunteers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress


Unacceptable Behavior includes, but is not limited to:

· Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form

· Physical or verbal abuse by anyone to anyone, including but not limited to a participant, member of the public, guest, member of any institution or sponsor

· Unwelcome sexual attention or advances

· Personal attacks directed at other guests, members, participants, etc.

· Alarming, intimidating, threatening, or hostile comments or conduct

· Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations

· Threatening or stalking anyone, including a participant

· Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting


· Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

· SPARK volunteers and staff (or their designee) or security/local police may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the event without warning or refund.

· SPARK reserves the right to prohibit attendance at a future event.

· Notification of an infraction to a Home Institution: In cases where there has been a potentially serious policy or code of conduct violation, SPARK will notify the offender's home institution.


If you or someone you know is subject to unacceptable and/or unwelcome behavior, or have any other concerns, please contact the on-duty points of contact for this conference, workshop, or field project, as identified on the conference Code of Conduct Form.

Incidents shall be reported to the appropriate University of Iowa department/unit as directed by UI Operations Manual and requested by specific units.

For situations that require immediate action, participants and organizers may call the Iowa City Police Department at (319) 335-5022 or 911 for urgent situations.

All incidents of sexual misconduct must be reported to The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). The OIE serves as the contact person for students making formal complaints about sexual misconduct, stalking, and/or domestic violence. To report an issue, use Report a Problem.The Title IX Coordinator is:

Monique DiCarlo
(319) 335-6200