Code of Ethics

Desert Rose is a local affiliate of the Romance Writers of America®. The association represents more than 10,000 members in 145 chapters offering local or special-interest networking and education.

Important Note: Membership in Romance Writers of America® is required to become a member of Desert Rose. Your membership will be pending until we receive your RWA number.

 

The Romance Writers of America® (RWA) Code of Ethics serves as a code of professional conduct for RWA members. It is designed to cause RWA members to exhibit integrity, honesty, professionalism, and other good professional practices, thereby enhancing the romance writing profession.

Violations of the Code of Ethics may result in punishments imposed under the Disciplinary Procedures of Robert’s Rules, which provides “due process” to RWA members and protects the integrity and ensures the efficacy of the Code of Ethics.

The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.

  1. RWA members strive for excellence and integrity in the profession of romance writing.
  2. RWA members strive to treat fellow members, RWA staff, and others with respect.
  3. RWA members observe and adhere to all of RWA’s Bylaws, policies and other rules.

An RWA member shall be subject to disciplinary action if the actions of such member are determined, in accordance with the Disciplinary Procedures in the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, to constitute one or more of the following:

  1. Intentionally making false or misleading oral or written statements about RWA where such statements are injurious to RWA, its reputation, or its purposes.
  2. A finding of liability against an RWA member by a court of competent jurisdiction or an administrative tribunal, or public admission by the member of unauthorized copying, whether verbatim or substantially similar, in whole or in part, of the written work(s) of others with an intention to claim such work(s) as the member’s own.
  3. A finding of liability against an RWA member by a court of competent jurisdiction or an administrative tribunal, or public admission by the member of infringement of copyrighted or trademarked material, including but not limited to books, other published material, manuscripts, graphics, illustrations, trademarks or logos.
  4. Intentional copying of the written works of others (including but not limited to books, articles and/or manuscripts) with an intention to claim such work(s) as the member’s own.
  5. Unauthorized use of another member’s intellectual property, including but not limited to such other member’s name, logo, trademarks or service marks, and/or copyrighted information.
  6. Intentional misrepresentation of RWA membership qualifications or credentials to RWA or to the public. 7. Repeatedly or intentionally supplying false or misleading information to RWA.
  7. Unauthorized use of RWA and/or RWA Chapter property, including but not limited to RWA’s name, logo, other trademarks or service marks, copyrighted information, and membership listings.
  8. To the extent not otherwise addressed above, repeatedly or intentionally engaging in conduct injurious to RWA or its purposes.