Join a NYSSA Group

To join a group, you must be a member of NYSSA and submit this form. Volunteers must also agree to the Code of Conduct below to join.

NYSSA members may join any number of groups. Group members will be notified of group meetings via the group listserv. The group year is from September 1 through August 31. If you have questions about groups, please contact NYSSA at

Code of Conduct for Volunteers, Members and Employees

This Code is the only formal method of asserting a grievance. Members or volunteers are not prohibited from informally raising a grievance with a Board member.

Members, Board and volunteer group members, volunteers, and employees may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the policies and operations of the NYSSA except through their roles as voting members of the Board or volunteer groups. Human resources, marketing, IT and membership operations and issues are the purview of the employees and not of volunteers.

Employees and members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the policies and operations of the NYSSA except through their specific job responsibilities and established supervisory structure.

Relationship with Other Members, Volunteers, Stakeholders and Employees

NYSSA expects volunteers and all members to treat all people fairly and will not tolerate discrimination against volunteers, employees or members of the public based on a person’s age, race, national origin, religion, disability, sex, pregnancy, or sexual orientation.

NYSSA will not tolerate bullying or harassment, physical or threatened physical assault, ridicule and humiliation. Abusive behavior, offensive language directed at people and making malicious or unfounded allegations of a serious nature against people are also considered threatening behavior.

Volunteers and all members shall understand the scope of their authority and exercise good judgment in their dealings with other volunteers, stakeholders, employees, suppliers and the general public and shall respond to all constituents and the needs of the NYSSA’s members in a responsible, respectful and professional manner.

Volunteers and all members shall not request special or personal favors or extensive information from other volunteers, members, stakeholders, or employees, without prior consultation and agreement of the President who will bring it to the attention of the Chair of the Board.

NYSSA events are professional gatherings and therefore appropriate behaviors are expected. All members and Volunteers shall adhere to NYSSA policies, procedures, guidelines, and the Volunteer/Member Code of Conduct in all interactions with other volunteers, employees, vendors, and other stakeholders.

Volunteers, members, and employees shall refrain from having on their possession or using illegal drugs on NYSSA’s property or during NYSSA events at other locations. Similarly, such persons may not drink alcoholic beverages on NYSSA’s property or during NYSSA events at other locations, unless offered by or on behalf of NYSSA. During visits to a bar by groups, after meet and greets or other events, when NYSSA does not pay, volunteers are free to drink responsibly if they choose.

Volunteers, members, and employees may not bring onto NYSSA’s property or bring to NYSSA events at other locations dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, weapons or other similar items.

Violations of the Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedure

NYSSA is not responsible for resolving personal issues between members. NYSSA employees shall attempt to resolve any NYSSA-related issues with volunteers and members in a professional manner. If the volunteer or member’s grievance concerns an individual involved at any level of the grievance shall provide cause for suspension or expulsion from membership, and any such suspension or expulsion shall be determined in the manner provided by the Bylaws.

Volunteers must disclose any conflicts of interest to the President and CEO.

I have read and I understand the NYSSA's Code of Conduct. I agree to abide by the rules described above and understand that I may be removed as a volunteer, member or employee if I violate any of these rules.


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