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Codes of conduct aim to curb harassment at field sites

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Science  25 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6464, pp. 408
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6464.408

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High-profile cases of sexual misconduct during fieldwork have boosted awareness about the dangers of remote field sites, where scientists from many countries live and work together. Researchers say stronger codes of conduct could help make international sites safe for everyone, but most fieldwork policies around the world follow U.S. reporting structures and refer to U.S. laws. Now, some universities and field projects are starting to draw up codes of conduct for field sites worldwide, aimed at prejudices and cultural differences. The University of Cape Town in South Africa has drawn up one such model code, to be announced this month.

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