Statement of values

The ARI aims to be a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all students, visitors and staff, regardless of their level of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental health status, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other similar characteristics. We are proud of our diversity and believe that everyone must be treated with respect.

 To ensure that everyone feels safe and protected at all times, this code of conduct outlines a few ground rules to which we expect everyone to adhere. It also applies to unacceptable behaviour occurring outside the ARI including, for example, during conferences or observing trips.

We are all responsible for each other’s wellbeing. If you believe that someone is violating this code of conduct we ask you to report it through one of the confidential routes outlined below. Unacceptable behaviour and harassment from any member of the ARI will not be tolerated. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

Expected behaviour

  • Be professional.
  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming, inclusive, kind and courteous.
  • Be considerate and respectful to everyone around you, including the admin, technical and cleaning staff.
  • Be mindful of different cultures -- your own and those of others.
  • Be respectful of preferred pronouns, names and titles.
  • Be respectful and receptive during meetings/discussions of individual ideas, suggestions and constructive criticisms.
  • Be receptive and accommodating (where possible) of others' feelings, needs and concerns.

Unacceptable behaviour

  • Any kind of unwelcome personal attention, especially of a sexual nature.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Aggression (including shouting), aggressive threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Inappropriate language that makes colleagues uncomfortable.
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist, sexist or any other discriminatory terms.
  • Advocating or encouraging unacceptable behaviour.
  • Undue pressure on students or colleagues to work outside contracted hours.
  • Any group/individual bullying, excessive peer-pressure or behaviour designed to be diminutive.
  • Academic misconduct