Shipboard Civility

The Federal Agencies and UNOLS are striving to improve civility and eliminate harassment in the workplace, in particular those places associated with the performance of shipboard oceanographic research as scheduled both at sea and ashore. A three module program was created aimed at ensuring that all parties involved in research at sea aboard the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF) are treated with respect and civility, as well as resources for when things don't go as planned.

The Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships (MERAS) committee compiled a companion discussion guide to facilitate communications and preparedness amongst crew, science and other expedition participants. Utilizing the discussion guide prior to departure as a team building exercise can empower participants to advocate for themselves and others while at sea.

Shipboard Civility Discussion Guide

Module I

NOAA spear-headed a video, the first module of the three module program entitled Shipboard Civility - Fostering a Respectful Work Environment. The video is available to stream online or download to watch offline and is required viewing before participating in a project aboard any vessel in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF). Our goal is to create a professional environment in which university employees, as well as scientists and students find an inviting, safe, and respectful working and learning experience, while feeling free to raise concerns, and are confident that those concerns will be addressed.

Download here to view offline.

Module II

The National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research, in collaboration with the UNOLS MERAS subcommittee and UNOLS operators, created a second video to address situations specific to research vessels. It is a supplement to Module I and builds on some of it's themes. The video is required viewing for participants of research expeditions that take place aboard any vessel within ARF. When possible, it is recommended that both videos be watched as a team and its themes discussed before getting underway.

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A playlist of both videos is available here.

Module III

The third module is intended to provide resources and information to cruise participants for the operating institution should they need assistance with a work place issue. Each operating institution that has provided one is linked below. It should be included in the cruise planning documentation prior to boarding a vessel and posted prominently once on board. It is a good practice to be aware of the contacts and process at your own institution before you need it. 

Link Updated
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences May 2019
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory April 2019
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium November 2017
Oregon State University May 2019
University of Alaska, Fairbanks April 2019
University of California, San Diego March 2023
University of Delaware May 2019
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA April 2019
University of Hawaii April 2019
University of Miami, RSMAS November 2017
University of Minnesota, Duluth April 2019
University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography April 2019
University of Washington April 2019
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution September 2019