RAS Council statement on the University of California at Berkeley sexual harassment case
The Council of the Royal Astronomical Society notes that a senior astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) has admitted to unacceptable behaviour involving women in his field over a number of years. This follows complaints by the women concerned and a university investigation.
The RAS is committed to creating an environment free of harassment on any grounds, including sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and religious faith. In support of this the Society was among the first signatories of the Science Council Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, and has published its own Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Policy.
The Society therefore deplores the reported behaviour of the astronomer concerned and expresses its support for all those women affected by it. The Society urges the wider astronomical community to do the same, to send a clear message that sexual harassment has no place in research or in any other workplace.
Dr Robert Massey