BC Athletics Policy on Harassment (Abridged)
BC Athletics, in an effort to provide a safe and
harassment free environment within its activities and those of its
members (individuals and clubs), has set out the following Policy on
Harassment in order to clearly indicate it's position on Harassment of
All Types and initiatives to inform and educate its members. The policy
provides for an informal, confidential and non threatening alternative
to a formal registering of complaints as well as a formal process
involving individuals designated by BC Athletics and possessing the
training and appropriate background to investigate complaints.
BC ATHLETICS LEGAL and ETHICAL DUTIES
- BC Athletics has a legal responsibility to act in the
best interests of its members.
- BC Athletics has a legal responsibility to intervene
if they know of matters within its operation which are contrary to the
country's laws and the organizations by-laws, rules, policies and
- This is an extended responsibility which is subject
to a legal test of reasonable conduct, meaning that the responsibility
exists not just when the organization knows, but also ought reasonably
to have known, of matters requiring action.
- Specifically with regard to matters of abuse and
harassment, BC Athletics is aware that there are circumstances when
cases are completely outside the Association's jurisdiction and within
the purview of the justice system. These are cases which involve
persons who are not of the age of legal majority, or any other age
specified by law. Even when the persons are of the specified age, when
the notion of consent is often an issue, we must all be aware that the
concept of informed consent is a legal one which BC Athletics realizes
is defined by Canadian Law.
- BC Athletics has a responsibility to ensure that all
members are aware of the policy to a reasonable extent. This includes
clear information on the steps which are taken when cases are
KEY CONCEPTS in the BC ATHLETICS POLICY
- An Association where the participants may reasonably
expect to be able to carry out their activities free from abuse and
- That as a sport association it is important to have
such policies, information and educational initiatives.
- That all reports and allegations follow the process
as contained in the Harassment Policy and are dealt with in the manner
as set out.
- To establish BC Athletics as an organization in which
all members, employees and volunteers may reasonably expect to
participate free from harassment.
- To provide an environment when members, employees and
volunteers contribute to the Association's goals in the knowledge that
their personal aspirations and dignity will be respected.
- To create an awareness of the nature and types of
Members, employees and volunteers of BC Athletics are
jointly responsible to free their sport/working environment of
- taking assertive action should they feel that they
are being subjected to harassment.
- fostering an environment free of harassment by
attempting to stop incidents of harassment whether there is a
complaint or not. Failure to take appropriate corrective action may be
interpreted as condoning the prohibited behavior.
1. STATEMENT OF POLICY
1.1 Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated by BC
1.2 BC Athletics is committed to providing a sport and
work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and
dignity. Each individual has the right to participate and work in an
environment which promotes equal opportunities, prohibits discriminatory
practices and is free from abuse and harassment.
1.3 BC Athletics is committed to the education of all of
its members in the area of harassment and to providing information to the
parents/guardians of its youth members on the policies, procedures and
education initiatives on harassment.
1.4 This policy applies to all employees, directors,
officers, volunteers, coaches, associates, officials, and athlete members
of BC Athletics. BC Athletics encourages the prompt reporting of all
incidents of harassment, regardless of who the offender may be.
1.5 For the purposes of this policy, sport and/or
workplace harassment can occur in the following places:
- at sporting events, competitions, and in training
- at the office;
- at sport/office-related social functions;
- at the organization's business functions, such as
meetings, conferences, training sessions, and workshops;
- during sport/work-related travel;
- through any form of communication device/system
including but not limited to telephone, email, fax, postal service;
- elsewhere if the person harassed is there as a result
of sport/work-related responsibilities or a sport/work-related
1.6 Notwithstanding this policy, every person who
experiences harassment continues to have the right to seek assistance
from the B.C. Council of Human Rights, even when steps are being taken
under this policy.
1.7 An investigation under this policy shall follow
the process of natural justice, as described in this policy.
2.1 BC Athletics is committed to the elimination of
harassment through educational programs including information and
training. Please refer to Appendix 1 for educational and informational
programs that form part of this policy.
3.1 Harassment: Improper behavior by any person
towards another which a person knows or ought to know would be
unwelcome. This behavior includes comments, conduct or gestures which is
insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, malicious, degrading, or
otherwise offensive to an individual or group of individuals or which
creates an uncomfortable environment, or which might reasonably be
expected to cause embarrassment, insecurity, discomfort, offense, or
humiliation to another person or group, including, but not limited to:
- written or verbal abuse or threats;
- physical assault;
- unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendoes, or taunting
about a person's body, sexual orientation, attire, age, marital
status, ethnic or racial origin, religion, etc.;
- displaying of sexually explicit, racist or other
offensive or derogatory material, sexual, racial, ethnic or religious
- practical jokes which cause awkwardness or
embarrassment, endangering a person's safety or negatively affecting
- hazing or initiation rites;
- leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
- condescension, paternalism, or patronizing behavior
which undermines self-respect or adversely affects performance or
- conduct, comments, gestures or contact of a sexual
nature that is likely to cause offense or humiliation or that might,
on reasonable grounds, be perceived as placing a condition of a sexual
nature on employment or any opportunity for selection, training or
- false accusations of harassment motivated by malice
or mischief, and meant to cause other harm, is considered harassment;
- sexual harassment, as further described in section
3.2 Sexual Harassment: One or a series of
incidents involving unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favours, or other verbal conduct of a sexual nature:
- when such conduct might reasonably be expected to
cause embarrassment, insecurity, discomfort, offense, or humiliation
to another person or group;
- when submission to such conduct is made either
implicitly or explicitly a condition of employment/sport related
- when submission to or rejection of such conduct is
used as a basis for any employment/sport decision (including, but not
limited to, matters of promotion, raise in salary, job security,
benefits affecting the employee, team selection);
- when such conduct has the purpose or the effect of
interfering with a person's work/sport performance or creating an
intimidating, hostile or offensive work/sport environment.
For a complete outline of the policy please contact the
BC Athletics Office at 604-737-3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.