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RWA Conference Harassment Policy


General Principles

RWA seeks to provide a conference environment in which all participants feel safe and are treated with respect. In order to create that environment, harassment of any kind is prohibited. 


Definition of Harassment

Harassment includes:

  • offensive comments related to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion;
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking, inappropriate photography or recording;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • public broadcasting of others' private or sensitive information without explicit consent;
  • inappropriate physical contact;
  • and unwelcome sexual attention.

Personal disagreements and differences of opinion, even if strongly worded, are not harassment.


Consequences of Harassing Behavior

Participants asked to stop harassment are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate and necessary to safeguard the safety of attendees, including warning the offender or expelling the offender from the conference with no refund.

At the reporter's discretion, reports of harassment will be referred to RWA's ethics committee, which will recommend whether to bar the offender from attending any additional conferences organized by RWA or its affiliate chapters and/or to strip the offender’s membership. In determining the appropriate response, the safety of conference participants will be paramount.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the harassment hotline. If you are in danger, please contact hotel security or local law enforcement immediately.


Consequences for RWA Members

A violation of this policy is a violation of the member Code of Ethics. RWA members who are accused of violation of this policy will be subject to the procedures and disciplines listed in section 6.6., may be barred from attending future conferences, and may be stripped of membership.


Consequences for Non-RWA Members

Non-RWA members who are accused of violation of this policy will be subject to the procedures and disciplines listed in section 12.1., and may be barred from attending future conferences, and from future membership in RWA.


Required Contact Information

All disseminated versions of the harassment policy will include the following contact information:

Phone and email address for RWA hotline: 832-717-5200, Ext. 124;

Phone number for hotel/venue security: Banquet house phones will connect guests to security. In guestrooms, there is an emergency button on the phone.

Local law enforcement: 911 (emergency); Denver Police Department, 720-913-2000 (non-emergencies)

Local sexual assault hotline: The Blue Bench 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline, 303-322-7273

Local emergency and non-emergency medical clinic: Saint Joseph Hospital, 303-812-2000; Concentra Urgent Care, 303-296-2273

Local taxi company: Yellow Cab, 303-777-7777