Harassment, Bullying and Conflict Management in DSA


Overview of DSA’s Grievance Program

DSA’s Harassment Policy is found in Resolution 33, passed at the 2017 Annual Convention, which was amended at the 2021 Annual Convention. Between the biannual conventions, the National Political Committee (NPC) makes decisions about grievance matters to clarify Resolution 33.

Other policies democratically adopted by the DSA membership nationally or within specific chapters work together with Resolution 33 as additional avenues to address conflict and violations of DSA’s policies.


Want to learn more about DSA’s Grievance Program? Here are more harassment, bullying and conflict resolution resources we have for DSA members and leaders.

First, tell us who you are so that you may access the appropriate information:

I am a DSA member with questions about DSA’s harassment policy and the grievance process. Start here if you’re not sure or want a general overview of policies and procedures.

I am a DSA member who is a party to a grievance or who has been suspended or expelled from my chapter and would like to appeal.

I am an HGO or chapter leader who has had HGO training by the National HGO.

I am an HGO who has not yet been trained by the National HGO.

I am a chapter leader involved in getting our chapter’s grievance policy up and running.


Looking for specific resources?


The Committee of Grievance Officers is responsible for trainings for HGOs and chapter leaders. Here are older versions of National Grievance Program trainings, but we encourage you to sign up updated trainings when available:


Annual Reports:

Resolution 33 requires chapters to submit data annually about grievances processed. This information is included in Annual Reports submitted to DSA’s membership following the end of the reporting period. The annual reporting period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. The fourth Annual Report covers July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, and is the most recent report to have been released at this time.