The SFWA administration, employees, members, and volunteers are responsible for assuring that all persons who participate in SFWA programs and activities do so in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Sexual harassment is unlawful and impedes the realization of SFWA’s mission to inform, support, promote, defend and advocate for our members. SFWA will respond promptly and effectively to reports of harassment and discrimination of any kind and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and if necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this policy. This policy applies to any events or spaces sponsored by SFWA, including but not limited to the SFWA discussion Forums, the SFWA website, the Nebula Awards Weekend, and the SFWA suite.”
That's well written. I think that now the part for SFWA to exercise is the part I've put in bold:
SFWA will respond promptly and effectively to reports of harassment and discrimination of any kind and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and if necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this policy.
Part One: Done. I know many of the grievants have received notes from the SFWA officers. Part Two: I assume that is what is going on now. Organizational time can be a bit slower than what most people think is prompt.
But, it is clear that the gentlemen that wrote the column(s) are in clear violation of the organization's policy. I think that the organization will be more careful about what goes into the bulletin from here on out, and I would imagine correction would be the next stage.
Good luck, SFWA Board. Again, kudos for the policy. It's pretty flexible, and allows for almost all possibilities connected to your organization. Now, just get a link to it on the front page of your site! (Unless I am just a jet-lagged dork who can't see it. If so, nevermind.)