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District 5840 Harassment Policy
 
RI District 5840 is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of any form of harassment.  District 5840, like Rotary International, maintains a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment or any form of harassment.
 
 Harassment is broadly defined as any conduct, verbal or physical, that denigrates, insults or offends a person or group based on any characteristic (age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientations, or gender identity).
 
We aim to create an environment where all members, regardless of gender or identity, are able to be a part of Rotary free from any unwelcome sexual attention that is offensive, humiliating or intimidating. Sexual harassment may involve adults and children. Anyone, regardless of gender, can be sexually harassed.
 
Rotary's Code of Policies specifically spells out:
 
2.120. Conduct for Rotary Events and Activities 
 
Rotary is committed to maintaining an environment that promotes safety, courtesy, dignity, and respect. All Rotary club members and individuals attending or participating in Rotary events or activities have the right to an environment free of harassment, including unwelcome physical contact, advances, or comments. 
 
Rotarians and their guests shall demonstrate good character, integrity, and leadership by fostering a professional environment at all club events and activities. 

Sexual harassment may include (but is not limited to):
  • Unnecessary familiarity, such as brushing against another person
  • Offensive gestures, staring, ogling, or leering
  • Sexual propositions or continual requests or invitations
  • Physical contact, such as touching or grabbing
  • Displays of sexually graphic material
  • Crude or suggestive jokes
  • Unsolicited comments about a person's personal or sex life
  • Physical intimidation, such as invading another person's space or blocking the way
  • Comments based on gender stereotypes
 
All Rotary members have a responsibility to understand what constitutes sexual harassment and to refrain from this behavior. They should also discourage any such behavior in others.
 
Sexual harassment has no place within Rotary. 
 
All members and individuals attending or participating in Rotary meetings, events or activities should expect an environment free of harassment, including unwelcome physical contact, advances, or comments. Members and Rotary participants shall maintain an environment that promotes safety, courtesy, dignity, and respect to all, both adult and youth.
 
At the Rotary club level and Rotaract club level, allegations of harassment at Rotary events or activities shall be reviewed by the club board and responded to within a reasonable timeframe, typically one week. If the alleged offender is a member of the club board, he or she is expected to recuse himself or herself from the discussion. Failure to adequately address allegations of harassment may be referred to the district governor for review and recommendations.
 
At the district level, all allegations of harassment at Rotary events or activities shall be reviewed by the district governor and responded to within a reasonable time-frame, typically one week. The District Governor will then present the incident to the District 5840 board of directors, as identified in the District 5840 bylaws, and shall promptly address allegations of inappropriate behavior, including harassment and shall not retaliate against those making the allegation. All allegations of criminal behavior must be referred to local law enforcement.
 
If the district governor is the alleged offender, the immediate past district governor (or most recent past governor), directly or by appointment of a committee for this purpose, shall review and respond to the allegation. Rotary’s general secretary shall be informed of any allegations of harassment by district governors, governors-elect, and governors-nominee. Failure by the district governor or past district governor to adequately address allegations of inappropriate behavior may be referred to Rotary’s general secretary.
 
District leaders, including governors, assistant governors, and committee chairs are encouraged to work with their clubs to create a harassment-free environment. District leaders should also work with their clubs to establish a code of conduct and policies for how to address and prevent harassment within their clubs, among their membership and with other participants in Rotary.
 
District 5840 strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses and partners, Rotaractors, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Background checks will be required of all adults with prolonged contact with youth. It may be deemed advisable in some situations for 2 adults to be present with a youth.
 
Please refer to the District 5840 RYE Youth protection policy for full details regarding this policy as it relates to inbound and outbound students and to all volunteers of the District 5840 RYE program both Rotarians and non- Rotarians.
 
The district governor is responsible for supervision and control of all youth activities in the district, including those associated with Rotary Youth Exchange. District 5840 will monitor all participating clubs and ensure that they comply to this policy in all circumstances of working with youth in all Early Act, Early Act First Knight, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and non-Rotary youth interactions.
 
Reviewed and adopted on:  May 4th, 2019 at District Conference 2019
 
ROTARIAN CODE OF CONDUCT
 
As a Rotarian, I will:
  1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
  2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
  3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world
  4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians