Harassment/Bullying Policy

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All activity on this list must abide by the SCA guidelines regarding harassment and bullying. Any posts or comments not meeting these guidelines may be removed at the administrators’ discretion and may be subject to additional review by the Society or Kingdom Seneschal’s office.

The SCA Harassment and Bullying Policy.

From the Society Seneschals Handbook, July 17, 2017
XXIV. SOCIETY SENESCHAL POLICIES & INTERPRETATIONS

4. Harassment and Bullying
The SCA prohibits harassment and bullying of all individuals and groups.

Harassment and bullying includes, but is not limited to the following:
• offensive or lewd verbal comments directed to an individual;
• the display of explicit images (drawn or photographic) depicting an individual in an inappropriate manner;
• photographing or recording individuals inappropriately to abuse or harass the individual;
• inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; or retaliation for reporting harassment and/or bullying.
Participants violating these rules are subject to appropriate sanctions. If an individual feels subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, they should contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or the Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman. If a participant of the SCA becomes aware that someone is being harassed or bullied, they have a responsibility pursuant to the SCA Code of Conduct to come forward and report this behavior to a seneschal, President of the SCA or Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

The following statement must be posted at gate/troll at every SCA event in a size large enough for people to see it as they enter our events. This language must likewise be quoted in ALL site handouts at every event a site where a handout is made available.
• THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS.
• Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions.
• If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

Please fill out the SCA Harassment Incident form if you believe you have been harassed/bullied. If you are at an event, it goes to the event Autocrat. If you are not at an event, please send it to the south-western regional seneschal, Mistress Ellesbeth Donofrey; seneschal.south@eastkingdom.org.

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Bullying and Harassment Policy Changes (to be placed in the of the Society Seneschal’s Handbook, April 14, 2020

I. Bullying and Harassment The SCA prohibits bullying and harassment of all individual and groups. Bullying is systematic and unwelcome behavior which involves the use of influence, threat, intimidation, or coercion to cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people. When the bullying behavior is based on a protected class (1) , that behavior is defined as harassment.

(1) race, sex, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability

Bullying and Harassment may be overt, as in the following non-inclusive list of examples:
• Verbal abuse, including using racial, homophobic, transphobic, ableist epithets, etc.
• Non-consensual physical contact, violence, or threatening gestures
• Displaying material that is offensive, degrading, or threatening to a protected class
• Consistent demeaning remarks or malicious teasing
• Stalking or predatory behavior

Covert:
• Spreading rumors or innuendo with malicious intent
• Deliberate exclusion, isolation, or alienation of an individual without just cause
• Using rank, title, or office to intimidate others

Provided that the behavior does not rise to the criteria listed above, bullying and harassment is not:
• Single episodes of social rejection, dislike, tactlessness, or forgetfulness
• Mutual arguments, disagreements, or fights
• The termination, mutual or not, of a romantic relationship or friendship
• Reasonable constructive feedback or critique

The test for bullying is the reasonableness of the behavior and the impact of that behavior on the recipient. Participants engaging in bullying/harassment are subject to appropriate sanctions. If an individual believes they have been subjected to or have witnessed harassment, bullying, or retaliation, that person should contact a seneschal, the President of the SCA, or that kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

Disclaimer
Updated October 11, 2020