Sisters in Crime Code of Conduct
Capitol Crimes is the Sacrament Chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national organization founded in 1986 to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.
Sisters in Crime was founded on the core values of advocacy, equity, inclusion, and community.
Sisters in Crime’s core value of advocacy for our members and our commitment to women writers generally means we fully support the work needed to make our mystery community spaces safe for all attendees of events and conferences. Our organization is willing to work with other leaders within our community to ensure that the mystery community is open and safe for all.
Code of Conduct
We welcome people from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, age, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, citizenship, medical condition, genetic information, or any other relevant characteristic. Consequently, Sisters in Crime will not tolerate and strives to be free of any discrimination, abuse, or harassment based on these, or any other, factors.
Harassment and discrimination are behaviors that threaten, alarm, or make someone uncomfortable. All meetings and board actions will be conducted in an environment that is devoid of discrimination and harassment consistent with the principles that govern our organization’s Code of Conduct and the Sisters in Crime core values. Sisters in Crime will not accept or tolerate offensive, abusive, coercive or other unwanted behavior which discriminates, violates personal dignity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or humiliating environment (e.g. physical, psychological, verbal, or any other form of harassment).
Consequences of Code of Conduct Violations
Individual consequences of violating this Code of Conduct will vary by circumstance but may include (but are not limited to) a verbal or written warning; the cancellation of event attendance; the cancellation of membership; prohibiting future event attendance of Sisters in Crime events; and/or prohibiting future membership in Sisters in Crime. In cases of major violations of the Code of Conduct, Sisters in Crime may decide to make a public statement to its members and community on the subject. Sisters in Crime may deny membership to any individual on the basis of comments or behavior contained in this Code of Conduct.
To Register a Complaint
Sisters in Crime has created a committee, separate from the board, who will field and respond to complaints about violations of our Code of Conduct. To file a complaint, please use this form.
We are the Sacramento, California chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.