The SCA’s Board of Directors is seeking commentary on the following policy proposal regarding hate speech and hate symbols.

The board is also asking for advice on whether to place this proposed amendment in (1) Corpora, which governs the SCA as a whole, including all kingdoms and Affiliates, or (2) the Corporate Policies, which govern only the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., not the Affiliates.

The proposed policy:

The SCA bars the use of hate speech and hate symbols.  The use of such will be sanctioned. The SCA notes that not all offensive speech is hate speech and recommends that the dispute resolution process be applied in matters of suspected hate speech.

Hate speech is not tolerated in the Society.  Please report any instances of hate speech to your Kingdom Seneschal, the Society Seneschal or the President immediately.  For more information about hate speech and the reporting of same, please refer to the Bullying and Harassment Policy, which can be found in the Seneschal’s Handbook.

Comments may also be emailed to announcements@lists.sca.org. Please use “Hate Ban” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission/Core’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

In addition, the Board has released a statement to kingdoms looking to implement bans on hate speech and symbols.

“The Board recommends that the Kingdoms implementing a ban on individual symbols, such as the swastika, discuss this with the Kingdom populace to ensure such action best serves everyone.”

Commentary will be accepted until June 1, 2018.