Harassment and bullying of children, youth, or adults are not tolerated by HSC. The HSC board is committed to providing a safe and civil environment in which all members of the HSC community are treated with dignity and respect.
HSC policy prohibits sexual harassment, bullying, or any other victimization.
This policy is in effect when the misconduct takes place at HSC events, is contained in communications related to HSC events or an individual's participation in such events, or when the misconduct directly affects the welfare of those in attendance at HSC events.
Harassment and bullying mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act of conduct toward another person which may include, but is not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:
Verbal, nonverbal, physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an uncomfortable, intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Individuals who feel that they have been harassed should:
- Communicate to the harasser that the individual expects the behavior to stop, if the individual (or parents in case of a minor) is comfortable doing so.
- If the harassment does not stop, or the individual does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, the individual should: Report the incident(s) to the HSC Board of Directors and write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give a copy to the HSC Board.
Include in the report as much as possible of the following information:
- what, when and where it happened;
- who was involved;
- exactly what was said or what the harasser did;
- witnesses to the harassment;
- what the victim said or did, either at the time or later;
- how the victim felt; and
- how the harasser responded.
Upon receipt of a report of harassment or bullying, HSC will request and examine evidence and conduct interviews as necessary. All information will be kept strictly confidential to the maximum extent possible by HSC and by all persons participating in HSC events.
If, after an investigation, a child, youth, or adult is found to be in violation of this policy, that person may be given a warning, be asked to leave an event, or not be allowed to attend HSC events, depending on the severity of the misconduct, whether it is ongoing or has been repeated, and the response of the individual.
I agree to abide by the above-stated policies and to ensure that minors in my care do so.