Anti-Harassment Policy

We do not tolerate harassment in any form of anyone at our conferences or events. Everyone is entitled to a harassment-free experience, regardless of physical appearance, gender identity or presentation, sexual orientation, disability, body size, race, national origin, or religion.Remember, the goal of SSWS is to provide a safe, supportive environment that allows the entire Tribe to flourish and learn together how to conquer the world of writing. Please treat everyone with respect.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to :

  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • unwelcome sexual attention, offers, or demands.
  • Offensive verbal or written comments.
  • Offensive visual conduct (E.g., leering, sexual gestures, displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, posters, etc.).
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following someone.
  • Taking harassing photographs or making harassing recordings.
  • Disrupting talks or other events.
  • Aggression, verbal or physical, toward anyone will not be tolerated.
  • Anyone asked to stop any harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately. A request to “stop” or “go away” means exactly that. If anyone engages in harassing or non-consensual behavior, the convention committee may warn the offender, remove the offender from the room, or expel the offender from the convention without refund.

If you feel that you are being discriminated against or harassed, or if you notice someone violating hotel or conference policies,
we respectfully suggest the following:

  • If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the inappropriate behavior to the individual(s) involved. Often this will solve the problem immediately.
  • If you do not feel comfortable talking with the individuals involved or if talking to them does not resolve the issue, please report the situation immediately to any member of our Tribe Safety Team. They are here to help you with your concerns and to ensure everyone feels safe and welcomed. Try to provide a name, badge name, and/or physical description of the individuals involved. The team will need to know what happened in order to resolve the issue, and will do their utmost to do so.


Violating this Code of Conduct can result in (but is not limited to) the following consequences, based on the severity of the infraction(s):

  • Private verbal consultation of all parties involved and a chance to correct behavior
  • Suspension from the day’s courses
  • Loss of extracurriculars (such as VIP Dinner)
  • Expulsion from SSWS and forfeiture of payments made for the event or extras
  • Banning from SSWS web resources
  • Involvement of local law enforcement