Anti-Bullying Policy

Summary

Bullying is not tolerated in Colorado Springs Socialists, and is a behavior that is a serious threat to democracy. Those who bully other Colorado Springs Socialists members or participants, and do not cease the behavior once asked, may be temporarily or permanently expelled from the organization.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to protect the members of Colorado Springs Socialists from intimidation, harassment, trolling, threats, aggression and physical harm. The intent of this policy is to create an environment where all Colorado SpringsSocialists members and participants can express opinions, make decisions, and do work in the organization without fear of malicious treatment. Moreover, this policy protects Colorado Springs Socialists as an organization where collective and individual actions are made through a democratic decision-making process based on our shared values, not through coercion.

Precedents

Expulsion- Expulsion means the person is kicked out of the organization. Expulsions can only be decided by the General Assembly. This is only done if someone has undertaken a serious breach of the organization’s values. Serious breach of organizational values includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Definitions & Examples

Bullying is generally defined as systematic, annoying, and continued actions which include threats and demands; creating a hostile situation by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct; in order to intimidate someone and establish dominance. There are three types of bullying: verbal, social, and physical.

Verbal bullying includes (but is not limited to):

Social bullying includes (but is not limited to):

Physical bullying includes (but is not limited to):

In addition to these examples, bullying is also considered conduct that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to the organization's legitimate activities.

Bullying should not be taken to mean:

Publicly or privately expressing disagreement or dissatisfaction with the organization, organizational direction, membership, or leadership. Examples might include:

Publicly or privately advocating for or expressing disagreement with any given political line, tactic, policy, or strategy. Examples might include:

However, private expressions of any of the above toward individuals may constitute bullying when the individual in question feels the expressions are unwelcome, hostile, and/or excessive. If any individual feels they are being contacted in a repeated, hectoring, or intimidating manner, they are strongly encouraged to initiate a rectification process in the manner outlined in the Procedures section.

Statistics

(Source: Workplace Bullying Institute, 2014)

Scope

This policy applies to all Colorado Springs Socialists members and anyone attending ColoradoSprings Socialists’ events, including non-members.

Procedure

Individuals who feel bullied can put forward a formal request to tell the individual to stop correspondence with them via email or in person, or request an intervention by the Arbiter.

Ideally, this request should be given via email, text, or Facebook since it leaves an electronic trail. The language could be along the lines of "I am requesting you no longer speak to me privately outside of meetings, and I will not reply to further correspondence." If the bully continues to pester the target they should notify the Arbiter(s) of their choice.

The Arbiter(s) will offer the bully anti-bullying materials and training opportunities. Together, the Arbiter(s) and target of the bullying will determine subsequent actions, based on the severity of the issue and the wishes of the target.

Potential actions include:

At the target’s request, the Arbiter(s) will take all steps necessary to protect the identity of the target as much as possible. The Arbiter will let the Central Committee know that there was an accusation against the bully and the course of action that the target decided upon. The Central Committee may issue a public announcement disassociating the organization with the bully, and explaining why; this would both warn other activists as well as inform members and non­members that this individual is a bully. The Arbiters will also strive to provide trainings on bullying behavior, empathy, etc. for the membership at large.

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