These policies have been adapted from the lab of Kirstie Whitaker and from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy.

Code of Conduct

In the Rosenblatt Lab we value the participation of community members from all backgrounds and strive to ensure that everybody who wants to contribute has enjoyable and fulfilling experiences as lab members. Accordingly, everyone who participates in any Rosenblatt Lab project is expected to show respect and courtesy to other lab members as well as non-members at all times.

All lab members, including Adam Rosenblatt as leader of the Rosenblatt Lab, are dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, military or veteran status,  physical appearance, body size, race, age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, or any other reason unrelated to scientific capabilities. Essentially, we only care about what your goals are. If you want to learn about the scientific process and do good research, then you are welcome here.

We do not tolerate harassment by or of members of the Rosenblatt Lab in any form.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, any and all offensive verbal comments, offensive imagery, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and verbal/physical/psychological intimidation of any kind.

To make clear what is expected, we ask all members of the community to conform to the following Code of Conduct.

  • All communication – online and in person – should be done with care and forethought, and intended for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Lively discussion is encouraged, but sexist, racist, and exclusionary language and imagery of any kind is not appropriate at any time.
  • Be kind to others at all times. Do not insult or belittle other lab members or non-members.

Lab members that are explicitly asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Members of the lab who violate these rules – no matter how much they have contributed to the Rosenblatt Lab or how specialized their skill set may be – will have a mandatory meeting with Adam Rosenblatt to discuss their behavior. If the inappropriate behavior persists following this meeting, the lab member will be asked to discontinue their participation in Rosenblatt Lab projects.

To report an issue please contact Adam Rosenblatt at or in person. All communication will be treated as strictly confidential.

If a lab member has an issue with Adam Rosenblatt and does not feel comfortable talking to him about it directly, please feel free to discuss it with the Chair of the Biology Department, Cliff Ross.

Flexible working hours

The specific hours that lab members work is a personal choice made by each individual. Lab members are each welcome to send work-related emails to other lab members and non-members at any time of day or night, but no one is expected or required to reply to such communication attempts outside of their typical work hours.

Lab members are welcome to work flexibly for any reason. Ideally, each lab member will be in regular communication with Adam in order to keep him updated on any challenges or successes, research-related or otherwise, but it is the policy of the Rosenblatt Lab that every lab member is already self-motivated and does not need to work a traditional 9 to 5 work day in order to meet their goals. As long as each lab member is making progress on their work and meeting mutually agreed upon deadlines they will remain in good standing within the Rosenblatt Lab.