CITA Work Environment

The Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics strives for academic excellence while maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct, achieved by fostering a mutually respectful, supportive, and diverse environment. In keeping with the University of Toronto’s “Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence” and as a national institute visible on the global stage, we are committed to sustaining an inclusive workplace and eliminating physical, environmental, attitudinal, communicational, or technological barriers that prevent members of our community from achieving their full potential. Accordingly, harassment or misdemeanor of any kind will not be tolerated.

This code applies to all scientists, students, staff, and CITA visitors. We also expect strict adherence to this code by all participants of CITA’s educational programs, workshops, and seminars.

1. On ethical conduct in research

As per the University of Toronto’s “Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research”, CITA expects its members to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in every aspect of research. Briefly, this entails:

(1) The accurate presentation of research
(2) Due acknowledgement of another’s work
(3) Appropriate use of information authorized by the supplier of the information
(4) The appropriate use and allocation of resources supplied for research purposes

CITA also follows the University’s “Intellectual Property Guidelines for Graduate Students & Supervisors”, which provides more information on issues associated with intellectual property.

2. On employment equity

In keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the University of Toronto’s “Employment Equity Policy”, CITA is committed to achieving and maintaining a workforce representative of those pools of qualified individuals available for recruitment.

3. On maintaining a family-friendly environment

CITA is committed to making reasonable leave accommodations in order to provide CITA members with a family-friendly environment and to support their mental health. Adhering to the CUPE 3902 Bargaining Unit 5 agreement, CITA will grant the following leaves:

(1) Pregnancy Leave – up to 17 weeks
(2) Parental Leave – up to 37 weeks
(3) Bereavement Leave – no fewer than 3 consecutive days
(4) Compassionate Leave – up to 1 week per contract year

For a complete list of leaves and more information on procedures for leave applications, please see the “Collective Agreement between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902 Unit 5

4. On harassment

The University of Toronto’s Occupational Health and Safety Act defines workplace harassment as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonable to be known to be unwelcome.” CITA is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of any kind of harassment.

More details on workplace harassment and penalties can be found here.
University policies on sexual harassment can be found here.

For more information on the University of Toronto’s policies and statements, please click here.

This document is up-to-date as of March 8, 2016.