In light of recent news in the children’s publishing world, SCBWI has put a new anti-harassment policy in place. NOTE: Anti-harassment. I’ve seen a few people call it a harassment policy. No. Anti-harassment.
The reworked policy holds all faculty, staff, and participants to the same Code of Conduct which states that prohibits harassment which includes but is not limited to:
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
- Inappropriate physical contact.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Abusive verbal comments.
- Quid pro quo – sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
The policy notes that people can still disagree with each other and also deliver critique because “SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression.”
If you are an SCBWI member or attend SCBWI events, please read the policy and procedures here. A formal reporting procedure is in place and all complaints will be investigated. Educate yourself. Keep your eyes open. And, if you see a problem, step up, speak out and help make our community a safer place.