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Anti-harassment and Bullying Policy
Broad Universe is committed to fostering a harassment-free environment where all Supporters are treated with respect and dignity. Harassment is a form of discrimination that is offensive, impairs morale, undermines the integrity of Broad Universe's mission and causes serious harm to the productivity, efficiency and stability of our organization.
All Broad Universe supporters have a right to interact in an environment free from discrimination and harassing conduct, including sexual harassment and bullying. Harassment on the basis of a supporter's race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, status in the military, marital status, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, social, economic or family status is expressly prohibited under this policy. Many of these subjects are also illegal under Section 111.31-111.39, Wisconsin Statutes where Broad Universe is incorporated.
Not all interpersonal conflict or disagreements will constitute harassment. Supporters can and will disagree with each other, often vehemently. However, a deliberate pattern of harassment at Broad Universe will not be tolerated. Supporters who are found to have harassed another individual may be subject to disciplinary action and/or expulsion. This includes any Supporter who: interferes with the resolution of a harassment complaint; retaliates against an individual for filing a harassment complaint; or files an unfounded harassment complaint intended to cause harm.
This policy applies to all current Supporters of Broad Universe and applies to all behavior that is connected to Broad Universe's activities, including within the Broad Universe online and in-person spaces and activities, including but not limited to forums, meetings, trainings, workshops, parties, luncheons and dinners, conferences, forums, convention dealers room tables, Rapid Fire Readings, business trips, or other Broad Universe-sponsored activities or any online or physical space facilitated by Broad Universe.
Sexual harassment is:
Responsibilities and Expectations
Broad Universe is a non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of unpaid staff and layperson volunteers. Nothing within this policy should be construed as giving an affected person a right or legal cause of action against Broad Universe for any harm. However, the Broad Universe Motherboard will do its best to provide a harassment-free environment as guided by this Policy and its By-Laws which can be found online at: http://broaduniverse.org/broad-universe-by-laws/
Broad Universe Supporters are responsible for:
Broad Universe Motherboard is responsible for:
Broad Universe Forum & Event Organizers are responsible for:
Procedures for Addressing a Harassment Complaint
Informal Warnings at Broad Universe Sponsored Events and Forums
Any Broad Universe volunteer staff can issue a verbal warning to a participant (whether they are a Supporter or non-Supporter attendee) at a Broad Universe -sponsored forum or event that their behavior violates Broad Universe's anti-harassment policy (i.e., an internet 'guest' who jumps onto a Broad Universe forum to leave opinions that are inflammatory for the sole purpose of creating controversy (i.e., 'trolling,); a heckler at a Rapid Fire Reading; harassment at a Broad Universe book table; harassing conduct at a Broad Universe-sponsored panel; harassment at a Broad Universe sponsored party or luncheon, etc.). Informal Warnings should be reported to the appropriate Forum Moderator and/or Event Organizer as soon as practical and either directly or eventually to the Motherboard.
The report should be made in email to the Motherboard and include:
Filing a Formal Complaint
If an incident is unable to be resolved informally, any Broad Universe supporter may file a harassment complaint by contacting the Broad Universe Motherboard.
The initial complaint may be verbal or in writing, but if the Supporter wishes for the Motherboard to take action, they must follow up by contacting the Broad Universe Motherboard in writing by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Wherever appropriate and possible, the Broad Universe Motherboard will attempt to assist the parties to informally resolve their differences before proceeding with a harassment investigation. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. It is intended to assist the parties to arrive at a mutually acceptable resolution to the harassment complaint.
If mediation is inappropriate or does not resolve the issue, a harassment investigation will be conducted by the Broad Universe Motherboard. The investigator appointed from the Motherboard will interview the person who made the complaint, the person the complaint was made against, and any witnesses who have been identified. All people who are interviewed will have the right to review their statement, as recorded by the investigator, to ensure its accuracy.
The investigator will prepare a report that will include:
If a harassment complaint is substantiated, the Motherboard will decide what action is appropriate.
Remedies for the supporter who was harassed may include an oral or written apology from the perpetrator and/or the Motherboard.
Corrective action for the supporter found to have engaged in harassment may include:
Privacy and Confidentiality
All parties to a harassment complaint are expected to respect the privacy and confidentiality of all other parties involved and to limit the discussion of a harassment complaint to those that need to know.
Limitation of Legal Liability
Broad Universe is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization who has adopted this Anti-Harassment & Anti-Bullying Policy in an attempt to set a standard for its supporters to follow. This policy is aspirational in nature, a guideline stating how we wish to conduct ourselves as “ Broads. ” However, Broad Universe's adoption of this policy does not grant any supporter or non-supporter a legal cause of action against Broad Universe or any supporter beyond that which may already exist under current state or federal law.
Applicable Law & Forum
Broad Universe is incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of Wisconsin. Any ambiguity not heretofore spelled out shall be resolved using a choice of Wisconsin law. Should any person wish to initiate a cause of action based on this Policy, the legal forum shall likewise be designated in Wisconsin.
Broad Universe will review this policy and procedures on an annual basis, or as required, and will make necessary adjustments to ensure that it meets the needs of all employees.
Accepted by the Broad Universe Motherboard January 2021
The Broad Universe Literary Coalition, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization