Handbook of the Society of California Archivists

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1-6 SCA Code of Conduct

The Society of California Archivists (SCA) is devoted to fostering cooperation and professional development among its members. We believe that the best problem-solving and critical thinking happens when people with a wide variety of experiences and perspectives come together to work in comfort as peers. We, therefore, expect participants in the SCA community to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where dialogue and exchange can take place. This policy is not intended to constrain responsible scholarly or professional discourse and debate, but to foster an environment where it can thrive in a universally welcoming community setting. Small actions you can take will help us create a culture of trust and accountability. We suggest these Ways of Being[1]:

SCA is committed to providing its members and guests with a welcoming, diverse, and professional community. SCA does not tolerate harassment in any form. The Code of Conduct is meant to ensure that those who participate in SCA Programs[2] will not be harassed or in turn harass someone else for any reason. All members and guests are entitled to participate in a professional environment regardless of age, income or social class, color, creed, disability, family relationship, gender identity, gender expression, individual lifestyle, level of experience in the archival field, educational background, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, physical appearance, professional status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

SCA is committed to combating implicit and explicit bias, and dismantling structural inequities, such as white supremacy, racism, patriarchy, classism, heteronormativity, and ableism. The SCA community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort.

SCA will take seriously all good-faith reports of harassment. Harassment may include, but is not limited to:

Persons that have been subjected to any of the above behaviors may report that behavior anonymously to any member of the Board of SCA, the Ethics and Inclusion Committee, or member of the hosting committee, or through the online incident report form. Participants in any SCA event or forum, online or offline, who are asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Those who violate these rules are subject to expulsion from the program or online space, based on the Code of Conduct Violation Procedure. Persons who have been expelled, banned, or otherwise denied access may submit an appeal to the Ethics and Inclusion Committee and the SCA Board[3].

Approved by SCA Board 2021. Web Archived URL for 2020 Code of Conduct https://web.archive.org/web/20200805010640/https://calarchivists.org/CodeofConduct

Revision history: 01/2018 llc; 02/2018 llc; 04/2019 llc; 03/2023 ck

  1. Section 1-6 SCA Code of Conduct
  2. Part 1 Introductory Material
  3. Handbook of the Society of California Archivists