Anti-Harassment Policy

Community Running (CR) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Any participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the CR without a refund at the discretion of CR's Board of Directors.

Enforcement

CR participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the Board of Directors retains the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the practice or event with no refund.

The Board of Directors may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

This anti-harassment policy covers both our regularly scheduled track practices and all other events organized by CR, including member-organized social outings immediately following CR's track practices or CR's group runs.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to a member of the Board of Directors or one of the Coaches. Harassment reduces the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report if you wish.

We can't follow up on an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by contacting a Board member.

When taking a personal report, we will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other Board members to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Board members will be happy to help you contact local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Report Response Timeline

All times are relative to when the first report is received by a Board member.

  1. No later than 48 hours afterwards, and preferably within 24 hours, the Board will contact the alleged harasser and get their side of the story.
  2. No later than 4 days, the Board will meet to discuss and make a decision.
  3. No later than 6 days, the decision of the Board will be made public.

The above are maximum, not required, times. For egregious behavior, the Board is expected to move very swiftly and expel participants on the spot.

Feedback from CR members on the Board's action is welcome; members are encouraged to send email to info@communityrunning.org or to talk to any Board member.

Sanctions and Quorum

All Board members are empowered to immediately suspend a participant; said participant is then expected to immediately depart. MIT and/or local law enforcement will be summoned if the suspended participant is not cooperative.

The Board of Directors will use warnings and expulsion at their discretion. Any Board member may issue a warning. Expulsions (without membership refund) require a simple majority of 3+ Board members.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.