- HARASSMENT IN GENERAL
- SEXUAL HARASSMENT
- DISCIPLINARY ACTION
- YOUTH/ADOLESCENT'S RESPONSIBILITY
- ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSIBILITY
- YOUTH/ADOLESCENT HARASSMENT ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
- GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR PROGRAM DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS DESIGNATED TO INVESTIGATE HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS
- WORKPLACE HARASSMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES
This document is designed to serve as a policy and teaching tool for youths and adolescents participating in the various ministries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
It is important for all those involved in youth/adolescent ministries of the Archdiocese to promote a Gospel-inspired atmosphere characterized by mutual respect. Accordingly, the kind of conduct characterized as harassment will not be tolerated.
As indicated below, harassment can take many forms. To the extent it involves child abuse, as defined by law, the Archdiocesan Child Abuse Policy and Procedures, including the requirement to report the abuse to civil authorities, shall be followed.
HARASSMENT IN GENERAL #
Catholic teaching and practice affirm the Christian dignity of every person. Harassment is unacceptable conduct that is severe, pervasive, and deliberate. Harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment in a ministry environment which is hostile, offensive, or intimidating because of the individual’s race, religion, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or sex. Harassment of a youth/adolescent by any other youth/adolescent is prohibited and will not be tolerated. It is the policy of the Archdiocese to provide a ministry environment in which all youths/adolescents are treated with respect and dignity.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT #
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can be directed toward an individual under conditions such as the following:
|Verbal Harassment:||Sexually demeaning comments, sexual statements, questions,|
slurs, jokes, anecdotes, or epithets.
|Written Harassment:||Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, or invitations.|
|Physical Harassment:||Unkind, immoral and/or unlawful physical touching, contact,|
assault, deliberate impeding or blocking movements, or any intimidating interference with normal study or movement.
|Visual Harassment:||Leering, gesture, display of sexually suggestive objects or|
pictures, cartoons, or posters.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION #
- This policy prohibits harassment whenever it is related to ministry activity or attendance, and occurs at anytime including, but not limited to, any of the following:
- While on church grounds;
- While going to or coming from such activity;
- During, or while going to, or coming from, a ministry-sponsored activity.
- Any youth/adolescent who engages in the harassment of another youth/adolescent is subject to disciplinary action up to and including verbal and/or written warnings and reprimands, counseling, suspension, and expulsion.
YOUTH/ADOLESCENT’S RESPONSIBILITY #
It is the youth/adolescent’s responsibility to conduct himself or herself in a manner which contributes to a positive Christian environment. They must not commit acts which tend to injure, degrade, disgrace, or threaten the safety, privacy, and respect of others.
ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSIBILITY #
To promote an environment free of harassment, the appropriate program director shall take actions such as removing vulgar or offending graffiti, establishing site rules, and providing in-service instruction and counseling. Adults responsible for the program shall discuss this policy with young people in age-appropriate ways and shall assure them that they need not endure any form of harassment. The program will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review and investigate such allegations of harassment in a prompt, professional, and thorough manner.
YOUTH/ADOLESCENT HARASSMENT ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES #
DISSEMINATION OF POLICY #
In order to ensure that all persons involved have knowledge of this policy and administrative procedures, a copy of the policy:
- will be posted in a prominent location in the administrative building on each ministry site;
- shall be provided to all paid staff and regular volunteers involved in youth/adolescent ministry at the beginning of each year or at the time that a new employee or volunteer joins the program; and
- a summary of the policy sha