VII.G. BSC Anti-Retaliation Policy

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1. The BSC’s adjudication procedures exist in order to fulfill its duties as a landlord in providing a safe living environment while adhering to all applicable laws, and being fair and observant of member rights in Conduct adjudication.

2. It is important for the BSC to take all complaints seriously, to investigate to determine whether a policy violation may have occurred, and if so, determine an appropriate response and resolution in a timely manner.

3. The BSC Anti-Retaliation Policy prohibits members from engaging in retaliatory action against other stakeholders in the BSC community that express concern or bring formal complaints regarding a member’s conduct and/or potential policy violations.

4. The purpose of the Anti-Retaliation Policy is to:

a. Ensure that all stakeholders feel comfortable in their home and/or working environment.
b. Ensure that all stakeholders feel comfortable bringing forth complaints and reports, as retaliation against a complainant can have a chilling effect and may undermine community members’ faith in BSC procedures.
c. Prevent the spreading of disinformation as doing so may cause additional conflicts and can interfere with a fair and efficient investigation process.

5.  Retaliation is defined as adverse action directed toward an alleged complainant, an alleged respondent, an alleged witness, staff member, any member of an organizational investigatory or arbitration body, which abridges rights guaranteed by BSC Policy and the law. Such retaliation is unacceptable. Engaging in retaliation as defined above will be viewed as an infraction of the Conduct Code, and is an offense that can warrant disciplinary action up to and including a conditional contract, membership termination, employment termination, or any other remedy normally at the disposal of organizational authorities hearing a conduct case or a misconduct report.

6.  Examples of retaliation include, but are not limited to:

a. Publicizing false and malicious information regarding any individual involved in a conduct case or misconduct report on any medium, including, but not limited to social media, email, text messages, signage/posters, etc.
b. Threatening any individual involved in a conduct case regarding the investigation or complaint
c. Discussing and arbitrating the conduct case in formal settings/meetings, e.g. dinner or council, in place of bodies authorized to investigate and arbitrate conduct cases

7.  Survivor and SHSV Complainant Rights: The BSC encourages survivors of sexual violence and complainants negatively impacted by alleged violations of the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy to report and seek support. As such, examples of actions which would not be considered to be in violation of the Anti-Retaliation Policy and would be considered protected rights of the complainant, include but are not limited to the following examples:

a. Seeking or organizing support from members of the BSC community
b. Seeking support from trained BSC Restorative Justice practitioners or other BSC-provided resources
c. Escalating the issue to higher BSC leadership if the survivor hasn’t received a timely response from Central Office following the initial incident report
d. Seeking support from confidential survivor support groups
e. Seeking support from a trained survivor advocate
f. Taking legal action separate from or in addition to member conduct action

[Board Approved 10/27/2022]