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Dignity and Respect Policy

  1. Dublin Wheelers is committed to ensuring an environment free from bullying, harassment and sexual harassment for all its members while taking part in club activities or interacting with other members. Bullying, harassment or sexual harassment by club members of other members or non-members that members may come in contact with while taking part in club activities will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the club.
  2. All club members have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Complaints by members or non-members concerning the behaviour of club members will be treated with fairness and sensitivity and with as much confidentiality as possible. Any such complaint received by the committee will be dealt with in a fair and transparent manner. All club members also have a duty and obligation to behave in a respectful manner towards other members and non-members while involved in club activities including social events.
  3. Bullying is defined as repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, verbal or physical conducted by one or more persons against one or more people which can reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual's right to dignity. An isolated incident may be offensive to the subject but is not considered to be bullying. Examples include social exclusion, repeated comments directed at a person's physical appearance, physical or verbal threats. While this definition is not meant to exclude all light-hearted banter, an explicit request by the subject not to indulge in such talk must be respected and any repeat incidents will be regarded as bullying. Comments resulting in exclusion, isolation or intimidation of a subject do not require the subject to explicitly make a request to desist.
  4. Sexual harassment includes any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct which violates a person's dignity and creates a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Such unwanted conduct may include acts, requests, spoken words, gestures or the production, display or circulation of written words, pictures or other material. Examples include unwanted physical contact such unnecessary touching, patting or pinching, unwelcome sexual advances, propositions or pressure for sexual activity, continued suggestions for social contact when it has been made clear that the other party is not interested, suggestive remarks or lewd comments.
  5. Harassment is similar to sexual harassment but without the sexual element. This includes any form of unwanted conduct related to a person's gender, race, sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, religious belief or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of violating a person's dignity and creating a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.
  6. Any member who is subject to or witnesses such behaviour is asked to report the matter to a member of the club committee.

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