I am an HGO who has not yet been trained.


If you are newly elected, have not yet been added to our HGO database, or you need to update any of the information you previously supplied, please use this form: Who are your chapter HGOs?

First, we are happy to provide you with training at the earliest opportunity. However, even if you have not yet been trained, you may find yourself presented with a grievance and unsure about how to proceed. Please know that the NHGOs (Paula & Ana) are here to support your work, and please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance, at nationalgrievanceofficer@dsausa.org. We can quickly guide you to the right resources, provide technical assistance in a Zoom session, or otherwise provide what training and assistance you need.

If you would like to participate in our webinar trainings, watch here for the link:

  • Our last webinar was scheduled on March 28, 2021, and there will be HGO-related content in the Pre-Convention Events scheduled in May and June.

If you will be attending the virtual pre-conference trainings or the 2021 DSA Convention, watch here for information about HGO training sessions:

  • Information about the preconference and/or Convention trainings is not yet available, but will be added here once HGO training has been scheduled.

We have created a Model Harassment Grievance Document that will assist you in creating a customized form for your chapter.

Here is the most recent version of the slides that were presented at the last Training Webinar.

  • If you attended one of the earlier trainings, please review these slides or keep them handy for reference. Based on feedback from trainers and participants, we edited the slides before each regional conferences and made improvements as we went along: DSA Regional Training Curriculum

We will be adding HGO resources over time here on this page, so please let Paula know what additional resources will be helpful to you in your work.

NPC Resolution 33-Related Decisions: The NPC has passed several measures to resolve unanswered questions and/or provide additional interpretation of Resolution 33 as the NPC and the NHGO work to implement the resolution nationwide and resolve issues arriving in certain grievance appeals. These decisions provide further clarity as to how Resolution 33 will be interpreted by the NHGO and the NPC in addressing appeals, and to implement best practices in ensuring the policy is accompanied by procedures that execute its intent.

 Chapter Impartiality Form: To be used when sharing the HGO’s recommendation with the chapter leadership, to ensure that each member of the leadership body (known as the Steering Committee, Coordinating Committee, Executive Committee, etc.) agrees to keep the information confidential, will decide the matter fairly and impartially, and will recuse themselves if unable to do so or there is a conflict of interest.

Resolution 33 at the 2017 DSA national convention required chapters to submit data annually about grievances processed. The first Annual Report covers July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 and future reports will follow the same timeline. 2018-2019 Annual Report on Resolution 33

If you are dealing with a difficult grievance situation, or have questions or feedback for Paula, you are invited to meet with Paula to further discuss your grievance situation.set up a technical assistance session.

Paula is here to support you in your work as an HGO, and would rather deal with difficult situations as they arise rather than being forced to overturn a grievance on appeal over an avoidable mistake. If you are unsure about how to proceed with a particular grievance, please set up a technical assistance session with Paula.

Technical assistance sessions are conducted via Zoom, typically last up to 45 minutes, and are an opportunity for up to 4 chapter HGOs to meet with Paula about HGO-related concerns. Time slots are available Sun-Tues, with times available to accommodate the needs of those in different time zones and/or who work during regular business hours. Please email Paula (nationalgrievanceofficer@dsausa.org) to be provided with the calendar link.

Information about harassment grievances for DSA members

*NEW* DSA Meeting Code of Conduct