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Skeptical Society of St. Louis Message Board › Skeptical Society Harassment Policy

Skeptical Society Harassment Policy

Mike M.
user 9034349
Saint Louis, MO
Post #: 17
Purpose and Scope of Policy:

In order to ensure that everyone attending our events is able to participate in them fully, The Skeptical Society of St. Louis (SSSL) is committed to providing a safe and hospitable environment. Accordingly, SSSL prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during our events. This policy applies to speakers, group leaders, volunteers, and attendees.

Unacceptable Behavior:

In general, unacceptable behavior includes any abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s ability to enjoy and participate in our events, including both formal and social events.

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
- yelling at or threatening speakers or attendees, or any significantly disruptive conduct. By way of example, repeated interruption of a speaker by an attendee is prohibited.
- harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or any other protected group status, as provided by local, state, or federal law.
- sexual harassment, unwelcome sexual attention, unwelcome physical contact, or stalking. Polite expressions of interest in another person are not prohibited.

Critical examination of beliefs, including critical commentary on another person’s views, does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. One of the underlying rationales of this policy is to promote the free exchange of ideas, not to inhibit it.

Consequences of Hostile or Harassing Conduct:

SSSL has a zero-tolerance policy for hostile and harassing conduct. If a person engages in hostile or harassing conduct, appropriate remedial action will be taken, which may include, but is not limited to, expulsion from events. Threats of hostile or harassing conduct that are made prior to an event may result in exclusion from the event.

The exact remedy for hostile or harassing conduct will depend on an evaluation of all relevant circumstances, such as the severity of the conduct and prior violations by the person engaging in prohibited conduct.

When there is a reasonable basis for believing the conduct is illegal, appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified.

Reporting Hostile or Harassing Conduct; Investigations

Persons who are the targets of, or witnesses to, hostile or harassing conduct should contact the organizer(s) of the event or the president of SSSL (currently Mike McKay). Reports of hostile or harassing conduct will be promptly addressed. On some occasions, where group leaders are witnesses to the prohibited conduct, immediate remedial action may be taken. Where a report of hostile or harassing conduct is made to group leaders after the conduct has occurred, reasonable measures will be taken to establish the facts. This will typically include discussion with witnesses, if any, and the person accused of engaging in the prohibited conduct. Inquiries into hostile or harassing conduct will be carried out as confidentially as possible given the circumstances.
Dave J.
user 12274429
Saint Louis, MO
Post #: 1
Do you monitor for proper, ethical behavior of your own constituents?? Did you realize you were
presenting at (The Ethical Society) If your going to lead---"LEAD"! Quote :Col Bob Haye's@ Ranger schiool;
Eglin air base.---==Proper Preparation" leads" to proper performance!! Your people are doing???
A former member
Post #: 77
Several presenters are also members of the Ethical Society. Guess which ones?
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