Storymakers Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy



The Storymakers Conference prohibits discrimination and/or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, body size, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the Storymakers Conference. The conference also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under anti- discrimination laws. In addition, the Storymakers Conference complies with applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”), and all local and state civil rights laws.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal comments, written comments, or displayed images related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, body size, race, religion; deliberate intimidation; body policing; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment is defined by the victim. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or critique in good faith.




All participants in Storymakers events and activities–including faculty, staff, attendees, and special guests–are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct, which prohibits behaviors including (but not limited to), the following:

    • Abusive or offensive comments (verbal or written) related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Inappropriate physical contact
    • Unwelcome sexual attention
    • Quid pro quo–sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or sexual favors in exchange for professional consideration or assistance
    • Individuals sanctioned by other conferences and/or events as a result of harassment or discriminatory behavior may also be subject to the sanctions outlined in this document.




    To note: Storymakers is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for all.

    • Do not assume disabled people need help. You may offer, but do not pressure disabled people to accept help. They will ask for it if needed.
    • Do not evaluate or comment on other people’s (dis)ability or access.
    • Do not touch people’s service animals or accessibility devices without their permission. Any animal on site is presumed to be a service animal by attendees, and should be treated respectfully as such.




    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events is not acceptable. Respect the participants and audience members at all times. The moderator/organizer of any event has the right to ask anyone to leave the room.
    • Please ensure any photography is non-disruptive, and respect the moderator and/or panelists’ wishes regarding taking of photos. Video is not allowed inside classrooms or general sessions.




    Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel targeted or where their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate the nearest mentor or committee member (check the registration area and/or the tech desk and/or the greenroom), so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. You may speak with a committee member at one of those places, or search out/ask for one of our five member harassment policy committee: Ranee Clark, Sarah Eden, Don Carey, Annette Lyon, or Jolene Perry. Committee members will be wearing black name badges, as well as having a COMMITTEE ribbon under their badge. Mentors, will have a red MENTOR ribbon under their badge.

    Reports may be made in person (verbally or in writing) to a committee member or mentor, or they may be submitted electronically to We will do our utmost to respect the privacy of anyone coming forward.

    In the event that a report of harassment or discrimination is made by or against a member of the harassment committee, that member will recuse himself or herself from the handling of that report and the remaining members of the committee will appoint a replacement.




    Storymakers takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Every report will be investigated by the anti-harassment committee and appropriate action taken.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If the behavior does not stop, or if the investigating committee deems it severe enough, the individual may face any of the following sanctions:

    • Immediate removal from the conference (without refund)
    • Loss of honorarium (for faculty or special guests)
    • Prohibition from future faculty appointments
    • Denial of access to Storymakers spaces on a temporary or permanent basis
    • Termination of Storymakers Guild membership
    • Ineligibility for the Whitney Awards program
    • Sanctions impacting an individual’s presence at or attendance of the Storymakers conference will be applied to any events held in conjunction with the conference, including but not necessarily limited to the Thursday night socials and Whitney Awards banquet.




    Storymakers will make every reasonable effort to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved in investigations of alleged harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. However, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be informed. All parties in the investigation should treat the matter with discretion and respect for the reputation of all involved.

    The Storymakers Anti-Harassment policy prohibits retaliation against any member of the community for reporting harassment, intimidation, or discrimination, as well as retaliation against members of the committee for enforcing and abiding by this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same as sanctions for any other form of harassment listed here.




    • To report – please email any one of our five person committee (see below)
    • To report – (will be seen by conference chair and co-chair)
    • Emergencies: 911
    • Provo police: 1-801-852-6210
    • Utah County Crisis Line: 1-801-691-LIFE
    • Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1-888-421-1100




    • Ranee Clark
    • Sarah M. Eden
    • Don Carey
    • Annette Lyon
    • Jolene Perry


    We want all of our attendees to not only feel safe but to ENJOY THE CONFERENCE! Thank you so much!


    With thanks to SCBWI, Geek Feminism, and WisCon for their anti-harassment policies.