Code of Conduct

You’ve joined the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and our Guilds to have fun, learn, network and grow with fellow members. We’re here to make that possible and provide the best possible environment for everyone involved. For all that to happen, we have a few rules that are necessary for everyone’s safety and comfort. We want to come together as a community, look out for one another, and ensure everyone is treated with respect. By participating in our events or online forums, you agree to respect and observe these rules.


SCA maintains a zero tolerance policy for harassment, violent behavior, and sexually offensive behavior or actions. This includes, but is not limited to: harassment toward another individual on the basis of gender, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, creed, race, color, national origin, medical condition, genetic disorder, physical or mental disability, marital status, age or sexual orientation; physical or verbal threats; unwelcome attention; bullying, stalking; use of physical force; behavior that creates a disturbance or is dangerous, including lewd or generally offensive behavior or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; and obscene gestures. Anyone found to be behaving in any way that violates this policy, either in person or online, may be removed from the Association without refund and may be banned from future SCA events.



SCA has taken steps to make it easier to report instances of offensive behavior. It is very important to us that, if you experience any form of harassment, you know that you can and should report it immediately. We can only address issues that we are made aware of, and we need whatever detail can be provided, such as names or other descriptive information. If you experience or witness harassment, threatening behavior, or other inappropriate conduct, you are strongly encouraged to promptly find the nearest SCA staff member for assistance. You may also reach out to the Director of Human Resources, Leigh Duszynski, and your complaint will be responded to swiftly. If at any time you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact 911 (or the local emergency phone number). All complaints brought to the attention of the SCA will be investigated and if needed, any action taken will be done confidentially between the parties involved.



  • SCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, or for injuries sustained during the course of an event.

  • No firearms or other weapons are ever allowed inside our events or on our premises.

  • Illegal drugs are never allowed inside of our events.

  • Alcohol may be served or be otherwise available; but disorderly conduct is never allowed.

  • Members doing willful damage to SCA property will be required to financially reimburse SCA or the venue.

  • We reserve the right to remove Members or Attendees if you violate this Code of Conduct.

  • Please respect those that do not wish to be photographed or recorded by asking permission to take pictures.

  • Have fun, be safe, be respectful and remember to use good judgment and professionalism in all situations.



The SCA’s Code of Conduct applies to all online communities administered and moderated by SCA and Guild staff and volunteer leadership (listed below). By joining any of our online communities, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

If you experience or witness harassment, threatening behavior, or other inappropriate conduct in any of the online forums below, you are strongly encouraged to contact the moderators listed. You may also reach out to the Director of Human Resources, Leigh Duszynski, and your complaint will be responded to swiftly.

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / YouTube

  • Moderated by SCA staff:

  • Specialty Coffee Association

  • Barista Guild of America

  • Barista Guild of Europe

  • Coffee Roasters Guild

  • Coffee Technicians Guild

Facebook Groups


SCA and Guild online communities exist to connect the coffee community around the globe. To keep our conversations friendly and professional, please abide by the following guidelines.

What kinds of things are acceptable to post on SCA/Guild online communities?

  • Questions and discussions related to the group's particular topic

  • Relevant articles you want to discuss with your community’s peers

  • Networking and connecting with others in relation to local/regional or other coffee events

  • Discussion of relevant happenings within or affecting your coffee community

What kinds of things are unacceptable to post on SCA/Guild online communities?

  • Classifieds or job postings (except for the AST Facebook Group where ASTs are encouraged to share job opportunities)

  • Product or service advertising

  • Any posts that do not abide by our Code of Conduct

Our moderators reserve the right to delete or hide posts and remove any members that violate any of the above guidelines. If you are removed or have a post removed and wish to contest it, feel free to email the moderator email listed above.



If a member violates the Code of Conduct, they may be barred from the Association for a specific amount of time or the duration of their membership and may also be barred in the future. If an individual breaks the law, they will be subject to reporting to the proper law enforcement authorities.


The SCA Code of Conduct applies to all ASTs who hold a current and valid AST license and valid certifier license(s). As an AST, any inappropriate conduct will be treated with the utmost seriousness and could lead to the AST’s license being revoked or suspended.

Download the AST Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct applies to all SCA national chapter committees. All members of the national chapter are expected to act in the best interests of the specialty coffee community and its members.

Download the Chapter Committee Code of Conduct