All participants in the IAU General Assembly and its associated activities should enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional society, the IAU is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, the IAU is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members and guests, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of the IAU and its activities.
Attendees who feel they have been harassed should contact a member of the IAU Executive Committee (http://www.iau.org/administration/executive_bodies/executive_committee), which includes the General Secretary, Assistant General Secretary, President, President-Elect, and Vice-Presidents; there is no requirement or expectation to discuss one’s concern with the alleged offender. All complaints will be treated seriously and be investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent permitted as long as the rights of others are not compromised.