VII.C. BSC Harassment Policy

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I. Policy Statement & Definition:

A. The BSC strives to create and maintain a community in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. The BSC community should be characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression, and exploitation. Members should be able to live, board, and learn in a safe and stimulating environment. The accomplishment of this goal is essential to fulfilling the mission of the BSC. For that reason, the BSC will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind. Through enforcement of this policy and through the education of members and guests, the BSC will seek to prevent, correct, and discipline behavior that violates this policy.
B. The BSC is committed to providing a safe and cooperative community that is free of harassment. The BSC strictly prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment, including harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, sex, height, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, criminal record (felonies and misdemeanors), veteran status, or weight in accordance internal policy and with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
C. Please see the BSC Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy for policies and procedures governing sexual harassment and assault.
D. Please see the BSC Anti-Bullying and Abusive Behavior Policy for policies and procedures governing bullying and/or abusive behavior not predicated on an individual or group’s protected status.

[Updated B. per Board #1 (3.2.23)]

II. Applicability

A. All members, guests, alumni, and third-parties conducting business with the BSC are expected to comply with this policy, and to take appropriate measures to ensure that prohibited conduct does not occur. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any member, guest, alumni, or third-party that violates this policy. Based upon the seriousness of the offense and the nature of the individual’s relationship with the BSC, disciplinary action may include a warning, educational sanctions, a conditional contract, membership termination, ineligibility to visit BSC property, and/or ineligibility to conduct business with the BSC.
B. Please see the Discrimination & Harassment Prevention Policy in the BSC Employee Handbook for harassment policies providing protections and outlining expectations and accountability for BSC student and professional staff in the workplace.

III. Examples of Prohibited Harassment and/or Discrimination

A. The BSC prohibits discrimination and/or harassment that a reasonable person would find:
i. Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, living, or boarding environment; or
ii. Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or their ability to exercise their rights and/or fulfill their responsibilities as a BSC member, guest, alumni, or third party providing services within the BSC community.
B. Examples of unacceptable behavior (whether physical, verbal, written, graphic, electronic messages or media posted or circulated in the community) include the following types of conduct directed toward another person or group on the basis of a protected identity:
i. Derogatory comments or remarks.
ii. Slurs, epithets and any other offensive remarks.
iii. Repeated stereotyped comments or depictions.
iv. Inappropriate jokes.
v. Threats, intimidation, and other menacing behavior.
vi. Physical abuse and/or inappropriate physical conduct.
vii. Distribution, display, or discussion of any written or graphic material that ridicules, denigrates, insults, belittles or shows hostility, aversion or disrespect toward an individual or group messages, videos or text messages, instant messaging, social media, or any other medium.
viii. Retaliation toward a complainant or witness to harassment
ix. Refusal to cease any form of harassment
x. Other harassing or discriminatory conduct directed toward an individual or group on the basis of the protected categories identified in this policy.
C. Members, guests, alumni, or third-parties conducting business with the BSC who have any questions about what constitutes harassing or discriminatory conduct should contact the Cooperative Experience Manager, Member Resources Supervisor, or Executive Director.

IV. Reporting Harassment or Discrimination & Enforcement

D. If any member, guest, alum, or third-party conducting business with the BSC feels that they are being harassed or discriminated against or if they observe harassment or discrimination by another member, guest, alum, or third-party doing business with the BSC, they should immediately report the incident to a member of their unit-level manager team, the Cooperative Experience Manager, or the Member Resources Supervisor in order for appropriate action to be taken.
E. In order for the BSC to investigate and try to resolve complaints internally, all parties must promptly report complaints of misconduct under this policy to the Cooperative Experience Manager or the Member Resources Supervisor. All complaints should be submitted via the BSC Conduct Complaint Form, via email, or by calling (510) 848-1936. All complaints of unlawful harassment or discrimination that are reported will be investigated as promptly as possible and corrective action will be taken where warranted.
F. The investigation and resolution of complaints will be conducted in accordance with:
i. The BSC Grievance Procedure (for current BSC members)
ii. The BSC Central Level PNG Policy (for alumni, guests, or third-parties conducting business with the BSC)

[Approved by Board November 9th 2017]