Code of Conduct


The JIRP expedition is the most productive and the most rewarding for everyone when participants do their best work for the good of the group. We call this "Expedition Behavior" because it requires extra focus on being conscientious towards team members compared to how many people act at home. Because of limited personal space, we encourage everyone to actively think about how their actions might affect others.  Because there is so much work to be done, we hope anyone who has some free time will help out around camp. Because it can be uncomfortable for new people to join the expedition partway through, we hope everyone will go out of their way to be welcoming to visiting faculty. None of this is especially difficult, but it does require extra attention in the field. When everyone takes responsibility for the welfare of the team, we can all work harder and play harder. 

Beyond just trying to be good team members, we set a few rules everyone must follow. Some personal friction is inevitable, and we will make every effort to correct unsafe behavior and resolve reasonable disagreements in the field. The safety of everyone, however, depends closely on all participants (students, staff, and faculty) following our Code of Conduct. As such, we reserve the right to remove any participant who breaks these important rules. 


JIRP does not tolerate harassment.

Our highest priority is maintaining a safe and respectful work environment for all participants. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. We encourage reporting harassment first to senior staff members and/or members of the Board, and second to junior staff members or faculty. We prohibit retaliation for any report made in good faith and will protect the anonymity of victims when possible. We will make every effort to resolve the issue in the field if possible to the satisfaction of all parties, but we will not hesitate to remove a participant accused of harassment from the program if the Director, Program Manager, and/or Operations Manager deem it necessary. This policy applies equally to students, faculty, and staff. For participants who are enrolled or employed at a college or university in the U.S., JIRP reserves the right to report sexual harassment accusations to the Title IX Coordinator at that school.

Recently, sexual harassment in the field sciences has come under closer public scrutiny. Beyond insisting on what we see as the bare minimum of a respectful work environment, JIRP strives to set a high bar for a supportive academic and professional atmosphere. By modeling good behavior and building a strong network of Earth science students and mentors at every level, we hope to set our alumni on a path that nurtures their success. 


JIRP is a dry program.

The alpine environment is dynamic and inherently hazardous. There is no room for participants to have compromised judgement. Additionally, in the event of an emergency, anyone in camp may be called upon to help - there are never true "days off". Any participant found with drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication not their own will be removed. Note: this rule applies from June 19th through August 16th; it includes our time in town in Juneau, Atlin, and Skagway.


JIRP does not condone exclusive relationships. 

JIRPers live and work in close quarters all summer. We understand participants sometimes form close personal relationship, both platonic and romantic. We do not tolerate exclusive relationships, those that make others feel uncomfortable in public spaces. We strongly discourage romantic relationships for this same reason, although we do not prohibit romantic relationships between peers. We do, however, expressly prohibit romantic relationships between students and members of the staff or faculty. This may be grounds for either dismissal from the program or not being invited back for future field seasons. 


JIRP insists participants follow safety rules.

The staff will make all safety rules clear during orientation and throughout the field season. Participants who break safety rules will be disciplined up to, and including, immediate dismissal from the expedition. Basic safety rules include not leaving camp alone, always carrying appropriate safety equipment, and using field skills as taught on and off the glaciers.