Policies for NSWA Events

The Northwest Science Writers Association is committed to providing a professional environment at all of our events, welcoming people from as many diverse backgrounds as possible. We expect our events to be a respectful, harassment-free environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, and belief. NSWA values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among all attendees.

In pursuit of those goals, speakers, staff, attendees, and volunteers at NASW events are expected to abide by the following code of conduct:

EXPECTED BEHAVIOR

  • Treat everyone with respect and consideration.
  • Communicate openly and thoughtfully with others, and be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than your own.
  • Be respectful in discussing and debating ideas.
  • Follow the rules and policies of the venue.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Call 911 or alert venue security if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

  • Harassment and intimidation, including any verbal, written (including via texts or on social media), or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, humiliate, or coerce another participant.
  • Discrimination or other actions based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, or belief.
  • Stalking or unwelcome or surreptitious photography or recording.
  • Physical or verbal abuse or intimidation of any participant.
  • Sustained or disrespectful disruption of presentations or events.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including but not limited to sexualized comments or jokes, displaying sexually explicit material, inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances.

CONSEQUENCES

Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. NSWA officials may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the event and referral for suspension or termination of membership as provided by the NSWA bylaws.

REPORTING UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

Anyone who feels physically unsafe or threatened should immediately contact 911, approach venue security staff, or contact the appropriate public authorities.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior during an NSWA event, please contact Wayt Gibbs, NSWA president (425-241-8874, president@nwscience.org) and/or Ashley Braun, NSWA vice president (vp@nwscience.org).

For any questions about this policy, please contact any member of the NSWA board or email info@nwscience.org.