Greater Scranton YMCA Code of Conduct
The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all individuals are asked to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs.
The YMCA, in keeping with its mission to help all people realize their fullest potential, encourages and supports the participation of all in YMCA programs regardless of gender, race, color, nationality, religion, ethnicity, disability or language. Whether an individual is non-disabled or has special needs, consideration is given to the individual needs of everyone and the ability of the program to meet those needs.
We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our YMCA’s Code of Conduct outlines prohibited actions. The actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs:
- Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA-sponsored programs
- Smoking on YMCA property – the YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment
- Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon
- Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior
- Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, or threatening way
- Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling, or shouting
- Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person
- Inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire
- Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property
- Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA
- Use of social networking web sites in a manner that is contrary to the YMCA’s mission, is detrimental to the community or is in violation of the law
In addition, the YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs, or is presently or habitually under the influence of dangerous drugs or chemicals, narcotics, or intoxicating beverages.
Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff member.
YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed.
In order to be able to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves to staff when asked.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result from a determination by the CEO if in his/her discretion a violation of the YMCA’s Code of Conduct has occurred. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership may result from a violation of this Code of Conduct. While an incident is being investigated, the membership of the person(s) accused of violating this Code of Conduct may be temporarily suspended pending a final decision.