The Rutgers Council on Children’s Literature (RUCCL) seeks to provide a safe conference environment for its attendees and has established this zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all forms of harassment, written or verbal, made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Stalking, unwelcome photography/video, and inappropriate contact or sexual attention all fall under our definition of harassment. It applies to our entire official conference proceedings, from application process, to our One-On-One Plus conference, to post-conference business with the Council and its participating Mentors.
All participants in the RUCCL and One-on-One Plus Conference are required to comply with the following Code of Conduct. Our anti-harassment policy includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. RUCCL continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression.
Any person who believes there has been a violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:
The Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against an attendee of the One-on-One Plus Conference for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made.
RUCCL will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.
RUCCL believes this policy will be an evolving document and welcomes suggestions for improvement emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* RUCCL acknowledges the contributions of SCBWI for their work in developing anti-harassment policy.