Madison DSA Code of Conduct and Resolutions Procedure
As socialists, we are committed to build a better world through working
in movements of working people and the oppressed. DSA Madison expects
its members to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with
this commitment. As we work toward destroying capitalism, we believe it
is important intentionally to create inclusive spaces that reject
racism, classism, bigotry, sexism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, and other
oppressive power structures.
The scope of this code of conduct and resolution procedure is
interactions between members of Madison Area DSA. Issues that arise from
external conflict (i.e., non-members) should be dealt with by the
At all official DSA events, participants (members and non-members) are
expected to abide by community guidelines for appropriate discussion and
the code of conduct as a condition of participating in the meeting.
Code of Conduct
The following speech or actions are violations of the code of conduct:
- Sexual assault or threat of sexual assault
- Physical violence or threat of physical violence toward another
- Threatening speech or behavior toward another member
- Harassment, whether behavioral, verbal, written, physical, or via
electronic communication, that has the intent or effect, because of
its severity and/or persistence, to be intimidating, hostile, or
- Discrimination, harassment on the basis of a particular oppression.
Harassment of an individual in connection with a stereotyped group
characteristic, or because of that person's identification with a
particular group, is not permitted.
- Any other action, behavior or demeanor that makes member feels
uncomfortable or unsafe based on the speech or actions of another
- Uncomradely behavior
- Willful or deliberate misrepresentation i.e., attending Madison
DSA functions with the intent to defraud, implicate, or pull
members away from Madison DSA
- Personal attacks
While the above list cannot describe every situation, the general rule
is that members will not engage in unwanted behavior.
Following the the 2017 Convention's Resolution 33, Madison DSA shall
elect two Harassment and Grievance Officers (HGOs). Grievances shall be
addressed by these two officers. If the HGOs decide that a grievance
requires greater attention, they may convene and select an ad hoc
committee of up to seven (7) total members, including the two HGOs. This
ad hoc committee should strive for racial and gender balance.
A grievance shall be any difference or disagreements with the
principles, practices, and persons within Madison DSA, as espoused in
our code of conduct, the local's bylaws, or in national DSA policy.
Grievances submitted to the HGOs must contain detail about the date,
time, and location of the perceived difference and or infraction and
must state clearly the name of the parties involved. The person
submitting the grievance shall be known as the concerned member. Since
this resolution process is internal, non-members are not allowed to
Concerns that are submitted shall be handled according to the following
stages and timelines, and any violations on either side of the concerned
or the committee shall cause the concern either to be advanced by the
concerned or to be considered resolved and dismissed by HGOs.
Steps Of Grievance Procedure
- If a member feels comfortable/able, they should "call in," which is
when the offended party approaches the other party in good faith and
lets them know the specific action that offended them. At this
point, the party who made the error should cease the problematic
behavior. If the call-in procedure does not resolve the issue to the
offended party's satisfaction, if they believe that the call-in is
not appropriate, they can file a grievance, in the process specified
in the resolution procedure below.
- The offended party will submit a grievance to the HGOs via
- The HGOs will address the grievance at their discretion. Grievances
should be dealt with by HGOs within 30 calendar days. In cases where
more time is needed, the HGOs will inform the complainant.
Complainants may take their grievance to the next step within 15
days if they are unwilling to accept the extension. In keeping with
the values of restorative justice, mediation will be emphasized
whenever appropriate. Potential courses of action include:
- Recommendation of discipline
- Recommendation of no action
- If discipline is recommended, the recommendation shall be reviewed
by the executive committee. Alternately, if the concerned party is
not satisfied with the outcome, they can request a hearing with the
relevant parties, the HGOs, and the Executive Committee. This step
shall end with the decision to accept or reject the recommendation
by the Executive Committee. Disciplinary actions may include:
If the parties are not satisfied with the resolution, they can appeal to
the NPC and follow the DSA National grievance procedure.
DRAFTED 1/5/18 by Sarah C, Alex G, Ted G, Kai FV, Andy S