Battelle Artic Research Operations and its supporting team members comprises organizations with strong values of responsibility and integrity. The NSF Office of Polar Programs Code of Conduct contains general guidelines for conducting operations with the highest standards of ethics that are applicable to all personnel associated with the Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) Program. That includes all employees of Battelle associated with the RSL Program, all employees of the Battelle Arctic Research Operations (ARO) Team associated with the RSL Program, all subcontractors of Battelle supporting the RSL Program, and researchers supported by the Battelle ARO Team through the RSL Program.
Battelle Arctic Research Operations is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor, your management, or a member of the Battelle Arctic Research Operations Team in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred.
If you are not comfortable speaking with management, if you are not comfortable speaking to a member of the Battelle Arctic Research Operations Team, if the concern involves management, or if you prefer your identity not be associated with the reported concern, Battelle has established a hotline (1-844-235-9059) and web-based concerns intake system (BattelleARO.EthicsPoint.com) that is operated by a 3rd Party (EthicsPoint).
The information you provide will be sent to Battelle and the NSF by EthicsPoint on a totally confidential and, if you should choose, anonymous basis. We assure you that your comments will be heard.
Once a concern is received and assessed, an appropriate investigation entity (the UAF Title IX Office for concerns occurring at Toolik Field Station or a 3rd Party Investigator for concerns occurring elsewhere on the program) will be engaged to gather information and make an unbiased evaluation of the concern, and when appropriate a recommendation for action to address the concern.
Retaliation for good faith reporting of a concern or for participating in an investigation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Battelle, the Battelle ARO Team, or the NSF.