ASIA-AQ ASIA-AQ Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for the Airborne and Satellite Investigation of Asian Air Quality 



NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has core values that embrace inclusion and is dedicated to creating a multi-pronged approach that brings systemic and lasting change in this area by fostering inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility across all elements of work through dedicated activities and sustained engagement. This code of conduct outlines the expected behavior for participating in the ASIA-AQ field campaign as well as some examples of unacceptable behavior.   


  1. Expected Behavior 


These expectations are designed to promote professionalism within the group to ensure a positive group experience and to facilitate the formation of a community dynamic where we respect and support each other.  

  • Be accepting of diverse viewpoints and allow all team members to express their opinions openly without judgment, giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback. Scrutinize ideas not individuals. 

  • Allow all team members to be heard in decision making and conduct open meetings to the greatest extent possible. 

  • Be honest and accountable. If you fail to meet expectations in some way, be open with team members, admit fault, and strive to do better. 

  • Avoid knowingly making false or misleading statement(s) (or engaging in activities) that could be or be viewed as offensive or defamatory to a team member, group, or organization.  

  • Ask for help when you need it and respect those who ask for help. Recognize that people have different strengths and that some disabilities are invisible.  


  1. Unacceptable Behavior 


  1. Examples of misconduct: 

  • Physical or verbal abuse, harassment, or assault 

  • Intimidation or bullying  

  • Coercion/Manipulation 

  • Threats (including but not limited to threats of violence, professional discreditation, unwarranted decreases in responsibilities, and public embarrassment.) 

  • Sexual harassment 

  • Stalking 

  • Insulting or derogatory comments, trolling, and personal attacks 

  • Retaliation against a person or group reporting code of conduct violations.  


  1. Ask Once Policy 


Team members should follow an “Ask Once” policy when it comes to expressing personal interest or “asking someone out” during field activities. An “Ask Once” policy ensures that all team members can only “ask out” an individual once. Asking out includes flirting, expressing interest, and/or making advances towards an individual. If at any point that individual states that they are not interested, brushes off the advance, or does not reciprocate in a positive way, the team member must not continue to ask out the individual. If the team member continues to pursue the individual, it is considered harassment. 


All team members have the responsibility to report instances of unacceptable conduct as defined above to the appropriate party and see that the issue is reported to the outside contact personnel. 

  1. Reporting: What to Do if You Experience Inappropriate Behavior 


Managers and team leaders, including engineering and scientific team leads, have a responsibility to create an open and supportive environment where team members feel comfortable raising and addressing concerns. This code of conduct is intended to help members of the mission team take immediate and appropriate corrective steps to prevent conduct that is unwelcome and adversely affects the work environment before it can become severe or pervasive – regardless of whether the conduct violated the law or was intended to be harmful. 


Each situation is unique. You are entitled to the following (not exhaustive): 

  • Report to any of the reporting options listed below 

  • Talk to anyone about your experience 

  • Change your mind about talking to anyone about your experience at any time 

  • Bring someone with you to provide support during reporting or any resulting discussions 

  • To seek reasonable accommodations to ensure the success of your work 

  • To seek medical assistance 


Multiple reporting avenues are available to ASIA-AQ participants. Below is a list of individuals who you can confidentially disclose an incident you observed or experienced 


Jim Crawford, ASIA-AQ PI:       (757) 759-0074
Laura Judd, ASIA-AQ co-PI:               (402) 587-0934
Jhony R. Zavaleta, ASIA-AQ PM  (650) 224-4825 
Vidal Salazar, ASIA-AQ co-PM:          (650) 604-5313 
Barry Lefer, ASIA-AQ Program Scientist: (202) 769-9064 
Melissa Yang Martin (remote):       (757) 629-8478
Marilyn Vasques:         (650) 417-8796
Louisa Emmons:   (303) 956-0295
Rebecca Hornbrook:                                (303) 960-7711


  1. Anonymous Reporting: 


Participants may also make an anonymous report through this google form.

It is important to understand that anonymous reporting is insufficient for actionable events but can be effective for letting someone know that their behavior is notice and could lead to action if credible/verifiable information is brought forward.