Code of Conduct and Sexual Harassment Policy

This NAR Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy (Policy) applies to all NAR-related meetings or events, whether held in public or private facilities, including meetings or events sponsored by organizations other than NAR and held in conjunction with NAR meetings or events, and any NAR member communications related to NAR business or with NAR staff.

In the following video, NAR General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer Katie Johnson reviews the NAR Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy, which applies to all NAR-related meetings, events, and communications.

NAR Commitment:

NAR is committed to providing a productive and welcoming environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Members are expected to act with courtesy and mutual respect toward each other, NAR staff, service providers, speakers and event participants.

Harassment:

Harassment in any form is strictly prohibited. Harassment includes inappropriate conduct, comment, display, action, or gesture based on another person’s sex, color, race, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other protected characteristic.

Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to: epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and the display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group based on a protected characteristic.

Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment is one form of harassment. Sexual harassment may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Like all harassment, sexual harassment is strictly prohibited.

Sexual harassment can be:

  • Verbal: Sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, or threats.
  • Non-Verbal: Sexually suggestive objects or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, or obscene gestures.
  • Physical: Unwanted physical contact, including touching, pinching, coerced sexual intercourse, or assault.
     

How to Report Incidents of Harassment or Inappropriate Behavior:

Any member who believes they experienced or witnessed harassment or other inappropriate behavior in violation of this Policy should promptly report the incident to one of the following individuals: the NAR General Counsel, the NAR Senior Vice President of Talent Development Resources, or the NAR President.

Investigation and Discipline

Upon receipt of a member’s report of possible harassment or inappropriate behavior in violation of this Policy, NAR will promptly conduct an investigation at the direction of NAR’s General Counsel. During the investigation, NAR will involve only those deemed necessary to the investigation, and disclosures will only be made on an as-needed basis. If it is determined that the investigation substantiates that a violation of this Policy has occurred, NAR’s President, President-Elect, and First Vice President, in consultation with NAR’s General Counsel, will determine any disciplinary action. If one or more of the foregoing officers are named in the complaint of harassment or inappropriate behavior, NAR’s General Counsel will identify a substitute to be selected from the Executive Committee.

NAR reserves the right to take any necessary and appropriate action against a member who engages in any form of harassment or inappropriate behavior in violation of this Policy. Such actions may include, but are not limited to, prohibition from attendance at future NAR meetings or events, removal from a committee appointment, expulsion from membership or any other action deemed appropriate by NAR.

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