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GSA Code of Conduct


This code provides responsibilities and guiding principles of conduct for all members of the Geological Society of America (GSA). It is the mission of GSA to advance all fields in the geosciences, enhance the professional growth of all members, and promote the geosciences in the service of humankind, and in fulfilling this mission, members have professional obligations to their colleagues, students, clients, employers, and the public as well as to their science.

In support of these obligations, this Code aims to:

Statement of Responsibilities and Principles

Members of GSA are expected to adhere to the highest standards of conduct and to maintain personal and professional integrity. GSA members should observe the following responsibilities and principles in the conduct of their professional affairs.

Responsibilities to:

Principles of Conduct for Members:

In meeting these responsibilities, members will follow these guiding principles in conducting their professional activities.

  1. Members will strive to communicate their knowledge of the geosciences to the public; to promote proper stewardship of all natural resources in manner that is environmentally and economically responsible; to effectively communicate their knowledge of natural hazards to the public; to apply their knowledge for the enhancement of public policy and land-use planning; and to support educational opportunities for students, the profession, and the public.
  2. Members will treat students respectfully and without exploitation. Members will strive to accurately represent an understanding and knowledge of the geosciences, avoiding and discouraging the dissemination of erroneous, biased, or exaggerated statements about the geosciences. Members will offer their professional advice and guidance only on those subjects in which they are informed and qualified through professional training or experience.
  3. Members will strive to cooperate with other researchers whenever possible and appropriate to assure rapid interchange and dissemination of knowledge in the geosciences.
  4. In publications, members should strive to differentiate facts, opinions, and hypotheses.
  5. Members will not plagiarize in verbal or written communication, and will give full and proper credit to the creativity, ideas, and efforts of colleagues and students. Members will not fabricate, falsify, or suppress results, deliberately misrepresent research findings, or otherwise commit scientific fraud.
  6. Members will not attempt to injure the reputation or professional opportunities of another scientist by false, biased, or undocumented claims. Members will not seek employment, grants, or gain by offers of gifts or favors, or by any other malicious action.
  7. Members will undertake reasonable efforts to ensure inclusiveness and will not discriminate against others, in the course of their work on the basis of race, sex, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, and disability. Members will not practice or condone harassment in any form in any professional context.
  8. Members will not represent themselves as spokespersons for the Society without express authorization by the President of GSA.