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Anti-Harassment & Discrimination Policy

Reflective of the Code of Ethics, it is the policy of ARNOVA that all participants in ARNOVA activities enjoy an environment free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, bullying, retaliation, and violence (hereafter referred to simply as harassment).

Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of ARNOVA meetings and events and is considered by ARNOVA to be a serious form of professional misconduct. As a professional society, ARNOVA is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scholarly ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, ARNOVA is dedicated to ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, staff and participants. Harassment of colleagues undermines the principle of equality at the heart of our professional fora and is inconsistent with the principles of free inquiry and free expression.

ARNOVA has created an Anti-Harassment & Discrimination Policy that outlines expectations for all members and staff of ARNOVA, including those who serve in elected or appointed positions, as well as participants of any ARNOVA events, whether online or in-person, in the U.S. or elsewhere.

There are three options for pursuing information about reporting unacceptable behavior.

  1. Ombudspersons

Ombudspersons are available to provide guidance, explain options for reporting harassment, and outline the avenues for pursuing a complaint. They cannot provide legal advice but can offer support and guidance:

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD
Associate Professor
Nonprofit Leadership
Seattle University
Office: (206) 296-5484

David O. Renz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Nonprofit Leadership and
Director Emeritus, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Henry W. Bloch School of Management
University of Missouri - Kansas City

Elaine Jiwon Suh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Department of Public Affairs and Planning
College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA)
The University of Texas at Arlington

Please note that this consultation is confidential and the details of such a conversation will not be reported to any administrator, office, or committee of ARNOVA, except as required by law.


  1. Executive Director or Chair of the Anti-Harassment Committee 

The ARNOVA Executive Director can provide information about the options for reporting and initiate the procedures within ARNOVA. Please contact Lynnette Cook at

If you are not comfortable with going to the Executive Director for whatever reason, you can contact the Chair of the Anti-Harassment Committee:

  1. Online Form 

A reporting form is also available to submit a notice of concern or complaint, with the option to submit anonymously:

Note: The Executive Director and Anti-Harassment Committee Chair will follow up with impacted parties as appropriate and possible. 

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