This is the official Kingdom announcement of this change in Corpora. Please read until the end. There are requirements that involves event Stewards (as well as me).
If you have any questions, please contact Duke Christopher, Æthelmearc Seneschal at his published email address, or through the Æthelmearc website (www.aethelmearc.org).
Unto the Glorious Kingdom of Aethelmearc, Greetings from Duke Christopher, Seneschal.
I want to take a moment and make you all aware of a new policy that has been passed down to the Kingdom Seneschals from the Society Seneschal regarding Harassment and Bullying. This policy is now in effect.
The policy may be found here: http://socsen.sca.org/the-sca-harrassment-and-bullying-policy/
Here is the policy as it was passed along to the Kingdom Seneschals from the Society Seneschal:
*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.
Additionally, you will begin to see this policy posted in the following manner at events and in site handouts. This statement is taken from the Society Seneschal webpage:
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 understand that if you are a local Seneschal or an event autocrat, you must make sure that the above policy is adhered to regarding posting of the required signage and verbiage in the site handout.
There is going to be a period of adjustment here and I would hope that common sense prevails in any complaint that may arise as a result of this new policy.
As always, if you have questions about this policy, please do not hesitate to contact me at the email address listed for me on the Kingdom Webpage.