Anti-Harassment Policy

SLA is committed to providing a safe and equal space for professional participation for all of our members, partners, and event attendees. We believe that everyone has the right to professional interaction without fear, intimidation, or belittlement, and that everyone has the right to fair and equal participation and treatment.

Our strength as an association is our people, and we cherish their diversity. We value all of our members, partners, and attendees equally, and will not accept any treatment in any arena of association business which goes contrary to this.

SLA’s conferences and meeting events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We have a zero-tolerance policy for hostile or harassing conduct of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including sessions and networking events. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference [without a refund] at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the sponsor or vendor booths, INFO-EXPO hall, or similar activities are both protected by and subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Consequences
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund, and forfeiture of roles on boards or committees.

Reporting Hostile or Harassing Conduct; Investigations
If you believe you are being harassed or that someone else is being harassed, or you have any other concerns in this regard, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. SLA staff can be identified by the badges labeled with “STAFF.” Staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

Where a report of hostile or harassing conduct is made reasonable measures will be taken to establish the facts. This will typically include discussion with witnesses, if any, and the person accused of engaging in the prohibited conduct. Inquiries will be carried out as confidentially as possible given the circumstances.

If anyone knowingly makes false accusation of harassment or knowingly provides false information in the course of an investigation of complaint may be grounds for discipline. A complaint made in good faith, even if found to be unsubstantiated, will not be considered a false accusation.

Retaliation Prohibited
It is a violation of this policy to retaliate against or harass any person who asserts his or her rights regarding harassment including, but not limited to, threats, reprimands, negative harassment.

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We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events. We value your attendance. SLA Staff Email: sla@sla.org

Approved by the SLA Board of Directors 12.10.14

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