Gender harassment resources

Internally, there are several options for those with concerns about member conduct. As always, members are free to and encouraged to work through other legal and professional channels as applicable. Anyone who feels unsafe or threatened should immediately contact 911, approach hotel/venue security staff if the conduct in question takes place during a conference or event, or contact the appropriate public authorities.

1) NASW meetings and events are governed by a specific Code of Conduct, viewable here nasw.org/conference-and-meeting-code-conduct. This policy outlines what to do if harassing conduct is encountered at an NASW event.

2) The bylaws provide for removal of a member in ARTICLE VII. — Membership Sanctions, Section 4. Details on the process are here: www.nasw.org/constitution-and-bylaws-national-association-science-writers-inc

3) NASW’s Operating Principles outline a code of conduct that applies to all professional interactions under NASW’s auspices. Conduct among members outside an event can be reported to the board for the board’s consideration and determination of action, if any. We can make no guarantee of outcome, but we will consider any and all matters brought forward with sensitivity and attention. All concerns or claims of discriminatory conduct, including harassment, will be looked into and handled promptly, with discretion, and dealt with appropriately, including, where necessary, administering disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the Organization or termination. The report, which should provide the Association with as much information as possible including where and when the incident occurred, names and titles of the individuals involved, and as much other detail as possible, should be submitted to the NASW President and/or Executive Director. The officers will discuss and determine if the issue should/can be discussed by the full board.

If a complainant wishes to remain anonymous, they may submit the report to any single board member who can remove the name and headers from the email and forward to the President or Executive Director on the complainant’s behalf. If a complainant is aware of others who wish to report on the same issue/member, they should encourage other complainants to follow the same process and file their own, independent reports.

Complaints will be handled with sensitivity, discretion, and confidentiality to the extent allowed by the circumstances and the law. Generally, this means that complaints will only be shared with those who have a need to know so that the Association can conduct an effective investigation, determine what actions to take based on the results of any such investigation, and in appropriate cases, with law enforcement personnel. Complainant confidentiality will be maintained whenever possible.