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 [email protected]. 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:

  • We have grievance program trainings on a monthly basis, including HGO training and conflict management training. Those on the HGO mailing list will be notified of upcoming trainings.

2023 DSA Convention-related trainings, watch here for information about HGO training sessions:

  • Information about the 2023 preconference and/or Convention trainings is not yet available, but will be added here when and if  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.

Our new HGO Investigation Guide will get you started if you are investigating a grievance for the first time.

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.

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 third Annual Report covers July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021, and is the most recent report to have been released at this time.

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 ([email protected]) to be provided with the calendar link.

Information about harassment grievances for DSA members

DSA Code of Conduct for Members

DSA Meeting Code of Conduct