Code of Conduct

We firmly believe that each participant has the right to participate in a respectful, safe and supportive environment. Therefore, everyone involved in our programming, participants, coaches, teachers, volunteers, parents and other spectators are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct:

  1. Treat all others with respect
    • All participants and spectators are expected to be courteous and respectful of one another at all times
  2. No discrimination or harassment
    • Our Code of Conduct prohibits any form discrimination, harassment, and bullying
    • This includes but is not limited to: using offensive language, and language that perpetuates negative and harmful stereotypes; making comments that attack or single out individuals or groups on the basis of appearance, disability, socio-economic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, language status, race (colour, perceived race, ethnic origin, etc.)
  3. Where individual conflicts or differences may arise from time to time, we will make every reasonable effort to resolve the matter
  4. Where teams or individual persons have a grievance against another person or team, the matter should be directed to the Equity Officer or SEDA Staff. We may ask an individual to put their concerns in writing before considering further action

Equity and Complaints



the quality of being fair and impartial

Specifically within debate, equity is the idea and practice of creating and protecting safe spaces that are free from bullying, harassment, or discrimination on the basis of an individual(s)'s appearance, race (perceived race, ethnic origin, colour, etc), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status. 

SEDA is committed to ensuring fairness and upholding our Code of Conduct. An Equity Officer is appointed at all our tournaments.

The role of Equity Officer is to ensure that our events remain safe and accessible to all our participants. 

If you believe the Code of Conduct has been violated, or may have an equity complaint please fill out this form within one week of the incident.