SC Statement of Commitment

The DOE Office of Science (SC) is fully and unconditionally committed to fostering safe, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work, research, and funding environments that value mutual respect and personal integrity. The SC mission is to deliver the scientific discoveries, capabilities, and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance U.S. energy, economic, and national security. As the largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences, SC provides support to over 28,000 researchers at national laboratories, universities, and other institutions, and operates 28 national user facilities that serve over 36,000 researchers annually. SC’s effective stewardship and promotion of diverse and inclusive workplaces that value and celebrate a diversity of people, ideas, cultures, and educational backgrounds is foundational to delivering on our mission. Harnessing a diverse range of views, expertise, and experiences drives scientific and technological innovation and enables the SC community to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge for the betterment of America's prosperity and security.

Discrimination and harassment undermine SC’s ability to achieve its mission by reducing productivity, discouraging or inhibiting talent retention and career advancement, and weakening the integrity of the SC enterprise overall. SC does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, including sexual or non-sexual harassment, bullying, intimidation, violence, threats of violence, retaliation, or other disruptive behavior in the federal workplace, including DOE field site offices, or at national laboratories, scientific user facilities, academic institutions, other institutions receiving SC funding, or other locations where activities funded by SC are carried out.

SC upholds DOE’s policies and procedures for the prevention of discrimination and harassment, and works in collaboration with DOE’s Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD), which has primary responsibility within DOE for civil rights related compliance and enforcement activities codified in DOE’s implementing regulations1.  Allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, should be reported immediately to the appropriate institutional officials in accordance with the institutional policies, federal statutes, and DOE policies as defined in DOE financial assistance awards, including grants and cooperative agreements, as well as DOE contracts. Individuals found to engage in discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in violation of the law or DOE regulations or policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Beyond issues that may rise to the level of legal action, SC expects the scientific community, particularly those engaging in SC-sponsored activities, to always conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful, ethical, and professional. This renewed commitment is part of SC’s continuing effort to identify opportunities to improve its policies, practices, and communications in furtherance of its core values and its mission.