Our Code of Conduct
Science is a collaborative endeavor that benefits from the contributions of diverse perspectives. The Nunes Group welcomes eager learners of any gender identity, religion, race, place of origin, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, ability, or sexual orientation. Our goal is to create a safe and productive working space. Below is our code of conduct that all research group members are expected to follow.
Respectful Treatment of Others
Treat all with dignity, respect, and kindness
Provide the opportunity for everyone to share their ideas and have their voice heard. Always use inclusive and welcoming language. All communications, including email, texts and group chats, must be respectful and professional even if taking place outside of the lab environment
Foster a safe space for all
Use the preferred personal pronouns of others. If not known, gender neutral language can be used. Consent is never implied; be respectful of personal space and privacy. If someone expresses discomfort in a behaviour or action, promptly stop.
Be a supportive team member
Communication with, and treatment of, all lab members should be the same regardless of role, title, age, or years of experience. Assist others with troubleshooting, and share skills and techniques you have learned. Always ask questions and seek help when needed - we are here to support each other.
Harassment is not tolerated
Harassment, prejudices, macro- or microaggressions, discrimination or bias will not be tolerated. If we disagree with the ideas of others, we communicate this respectfully.
(See below for further resources)
Fostering a Professional Environment
Be mindful of the value of others' time
Be punctual and always arrive prepared for meetings. If you are unable to attend a meeting, provide as much notice as possible.
Upholding academic integrity
All students are expected to be familiar with, and abide by, the TMU academic integrity policy. Ask permission to share the work or ideas of others in the research group. Never fabricate or falsify data. In dissemination of research findings, always properly credit the author(s) of original ideas.
Data security and privacy
With data handling and analysis comes the expectation to maintain the privacy and security of study participants. Data will remain anonymized, and results will only be shared through approved channels (e.g., publications, conferences)
The importance of work-life balance
Respond to emails in a timely manner and maintain regular communication with your research team. However, also protect time for yourself; responses to emails on weekends are not expected.
Actions and Resources
Actions in our lab
Scientific narratives have traditionally been written from the perspective of the privileged few. In weekly meetings, we will explore publications from authors historically underrepresented in STEM.
I strive to create a safe and harassment-free environment for all. I promote social awareness, recognize the existence of unconscious biases, and work actively to identify and further educate myself and others. I always encourage suggestions of how to further improve our working environment!
Resources and support
If you experience conflict with another team member, discuss the issue that person directly if possible and safe to do. If a solution is not found, please communicate this to Dr. Nunes
If you or another student is experiencing harassment or discrimination, I am here to support you. Do not hesitate to reach out to myself or one of your peers/mentors with whom you feel safe. The following university resources which may also be helpful: