Code of Conduct

NTL is an inclusive and welcoming environment. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or discrimination of any type for any reason.

NTL abides by the the UW-Madison Center for Limnology (CFL) Code of Conduct, which is intended to be a living document that reflects a shared responsibility for maintaining a professional environment.  This Code of Conduct applies to all members of NTL, the CFL, including visitors, whether at Hasler Lab, Trout Lake Station (TLS) or on/off campus participating in CFL activities.  This policy provides guidance for safe, respectful, and inclusive collaboration as well as procedures for reporting information that alleges violation and/or general concerns.

Failure to comply with expected standards of conduct or engaging in or attempts to engage in prohibited conduct may result in loss of the privilege of working and/or staying at CFL.  Such conduct may also result in disciplinary action under applicable university student and employee disciplinary processes, and/or referral to applicable police departments.

Safety Information and User Guides
For information on general procedures, safety, and working at the Center for Limnology, see the CFL User Guide. For information about TLS safety, living and working on station, see the TLS User Guide.

If you have any concerns about your experience at the Center for Limnology Hasler Lab or Trout Lake Station (e.g., working environment, inappropriate behavior, roommates at TLS, etc.) please talk to your supervisor/advisor, a staff person, or director at Hasler Lab or Trout Lake Station. You may also share your concern via the CFL Concerns/Problems Report Form

Resources for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Hostile and Intimidating Behavior
The University’s policies on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence and Hostile and Intimidating Behavior (HIB) provide examples, information, and resources. Please contact the CFL director, faculty or staff to discuss any concerns relating to these policies or use the CFL Concerns/Problems Reporting Form. A Campus Resource Guide regarding sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and dating & domestic violence is available from Office of Compliance. UW System (Regent Policy document 14-8) lays out policy pertaining to romantic relationships between members of the university community where a conflict of interest or power differential between the parties exists.

Members of the North Temperate Lakes LTER project and affiliates are expected to abide by the following: 

  • Follow the rules and guidelines for ethical research practices
  • Obey all laws of the local, state and federal government.
  • Complete all required safety trainings and apply the principals and guidelines from those trainings in your daily work
  • Be polite, respectful and professional in actions, communication and timeliness.
  • Use email, network, and internet resources within the computers, online resources, and all other technology within the guidelines of the UW IT Policies.
  • Use CFL equipment, resources or facilities appropriately, preventing misuse, misappropriation, damage or theft.
  • Engage in behavior that is safe to self or others; this includes use of vehicles, boats or snowmobiles. (Wisconsin state statues mandates that anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 is required to complete the online boater safety course to operate a motor boat. See CFL User Guide for more details.
  • Follow campus alcohol policies and practices. Campus alcohol policies and practices are designed to encourage and enforce an environment in which consumption of alcohol is legal, safe, and responsible.  Consumption of alcohol by individuals under the minimum legal drinking age is strictly prohibited.