Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy

Chicago-North Romance Writers (CNRW) seeks to provide a conference environment in which all participants feel safe and are treated with respect. Participants are expected to maintain appropriate standards of behavior by refraining from conduct that may be harmful to themselves, other participants, and/or third parties. These rules apply to participants in both on-site (live) and virtual (online) conferences.

Conduct Considered Inappropriate

Types of conduct that Chicago-North Romance Writers considers inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment, which is defined for the purposes of this policy to include (i) offensive comments related to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion; (ii) inappropriate physical contact; and (iii) unwelcome sexual attention;
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwanted or unauthorized photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; and public broadcasting of others’ private or sensitive information without explicit consent.

Personal disagreements and differences of opinion, even if strongly worded, will not be considered inappropriate conduct.

Consequences of Inappropriate Conduct

Participants asked to stop engaging in inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Chicago-North Romance Writers, in its sole discretion, will determine the nature of the participant conduct that warrants corrective action as well as the corrective action to be taken.  Corrective actions may take one of the following forms: verbal warning; expulsion from the conference event; expulsion from the conference with no refund of conference fees; barring from future CNRW conferences and events; and/or stripping a CNRW member of membership. Any or all of these actions can be omitted as CNRW deems appropriate, in its discretion.

Contact Info

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