RRV DSA Harassment Grievance Form
According to Resolution 33 adopted by DSA (
Members shall not engage in harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, class, age, or profession. Harassing or abusive behavior, such as unwelcome attention, inappropriate or offensive remarks, slurs, or jokes, physical or verbal intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact or proximity, and other verbal and physical conduct constitute harassment when:
Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a member’s continued affiliation with DSA;
Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for organizational decisions affecting such individual; or
Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment interfering with an individual’s capacity to organize within DSA.
Resolution 33 also prohibits retaliation against a person who assists someone with a complaint of harassment, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. Retaliatory behaviors includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to organizing.
If you leave this blank, your grievance will be submitted anonymously
Where you can be reached (please delete identifying information from your email if you wish to remain anonymous).
Up to five names separated by commas or DSA body (Steering Committee, Caucus, etc) against whom you are filing a grievance, or put "anonymous/unknown."
Up to five names, separated by commas, of people with direct knowledge of the facts relating to your grievance.
My harassment grievance
A short summary of what happened
I believe this to be harassment because it was on the basis of:
Check all that apply.
Gender identity or expression
Retaliation for assisting or participating in a complaint
None of these categories
I don't know
The types of conduct I experienced was
Check all that apply.
Inappropriate or offensive remarks, slurs, or jokes (this includes online)
Physical or verbal intimidation
Inappropriate physical contact or proximity
Other verbal conduct (this includes online)
Other physical conduct
Retaliatory threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to organizing
How I was impacted/caused harm by the conduct
Check all that apply.
My submission to such conduct was made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of my continued affiliation with DSA
My submission or rejection of such conduct was used as the basis for organizational decisions affecting me
This conduct had the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment interfering with my capacity to organize within DSA
Description of the Basis for My Harassment Grievance:
Tell us about what happened. Please be as specific as possible, including the Who, What, Where, Why, and How of what happened, referencing the categories you selected above. Remember that DSA is committed to creating a space that is welcoming and inclusive to members of all genders, races, and classes: why did that not happen in the situation you have described? Please try to be concise -- if you have additional documents to submit, you will be asked when speaking with the chapter harassment grievance officers (HGOs) to submit them at that time.
How I Would Like My Harassment Grievance to be Resolved
These are the remedies authorized by Resolution 33. While some or all of these remedies may not be appropriate in your situation, depending on the outcome of the investigation, this will assist the HGOs/National Grievance Officer in developing a satisfactory remedy for the fear of harassment, abuse, or harm. (Check all that apply.)
A formal discussion between the accused and the Governance Committee to develop a plan to change the accused's harassing behavior(s)
The accused's suspension from meetings and other chapter or organizational events.
The accused's removal from chapter committee(s).
The accused's removal from DSA.
Any and all other relief deemed necessary and just by the chapter or national leadership.
If you wish a response, please provide an email address or phone number where you can be contacted. This form goes to the RRV DSA Harassment and Grievance officers (HGO), and will be kept confidential unless you authorize contact with the individuals or witnesses you name.
The HGO will contact you within seven business days to obtain any additional information and/or discuss with you the grievance process, so that you may determine whether you choose to move forward with the processing of a formal grievance.
RRV DSA Harassment and Grievance officers (
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