Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures for NSCA Events

National Strength & Conditioning Association is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and discrimination-free experience for everyone at NSCA events.  Our events are convened for the purposes of professional development and educational exchange in the spirit of free discussion and free expression in an environment in which diverse attendees may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in a professional atmosphere.  NSCA prohibits harassment or discrimination in any form by any person attending or otherwise participating in NSCA-sponsored events, meetings or social gatherings.

This Policy outlines expectations for all those who attend or participate in NSCA events.  It reminds NSCA meeting participants that all professional academic ethics and norms apply as standards of behavior and interaction at all meetings and events.  “Participant” in this Policy refers to anyone present at NSCA events, including staff, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, venue staff, NSCA members and all other attendees.

1. Purpose

NSCA is committed to providing an open and welcoming environment for all participants, including but not limited to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, marital status, ability, socioeconomic status, age, religion, veteran or military service status, or any other legally protected status.

2. Expected Behavior

  • All participants at NSCA events are expected to abide by this Policy, which includes:
    • Abide by the norms of professional respect that are necessary to promote the conditions for free exchange of ideas.
    • If you witness potential harm to an event participant, be proactive in helping to mitigate or avoid that harm. 
    • Alert conference or security personnel if you see a situation in which someone might be violating this Policy.

3. Unacceptable Behavior

  • Unwelcome and uninvited attention or contact.
  • Verbal or written comments, or visual images that are sexually suggestive; denigrate or show hostility or aversion toward an individual, or group of individuals; create an intimidating hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with an individual’s ability to participate in NSCA activities.
  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions in any context during an NSCA event.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, marital status, ability, socioeconomic status, age, religion, veteran or military service status, or any other legally protected status.
  • Deliberate intimidation, following or stalking.
  • Harassing photography or recording.
  • Disruption of talks or activities at the event.
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping).
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm.
  • Real or implied threat of personal, professional or financial damage or harm.

4. Reporting an Incident

If you are being discriminated against or harassed, notice someone else is being discriminated against or harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an NSCA staff member immediately.  NSCA staff can be identified by official staff apparel or badge.  All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly.  NSCA staff will be happy to help attendees contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing discrimination or harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.  Additional information on reporting an incident at a specific event can be found below.

5. Disciplinary Action

NSCA reserves the right to take any action it deems appropriate against a participant who engages in unacceptable behavior.

  • When NSCA receives a complaint of unacceptable behavior by a participant, the matter will be reviewed in a timely manner, taking into consideration the relevant facts and circumstances.  The complainant and any parties involved may be asked to provide written statements.
  • Any participant found to have engaged in unacceptable behavior may be removed from the event without refund and/or excluded from future events.
  • Any NSCA member or certificant behaving in an unacceptable manner may be subject to additional consequences, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion from NSCA membership and/or revocation of their certification.
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