Approved by the Board of Governors on March 12, 2019
AREMA is committed to supporting an active dialogue and fostering a welcoming community at AREMA-sponsored events to ensure that all participants can participate in a safe comfortable environment free from harassment. Harassment takes many forms, and may be, but is not limited to: words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, undue interruption of any AREMA event, speaker or session, physical contact, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, stalking, other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature, vulgar or abusive language, or violence as it relates to race, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by local, state or federal laws. We expect all employees, attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, guests, and exhibitors at AREMA-organized events to help us ensure a safe and positive environment.
Harassing behaviors have no place in a healthy learning environment and will not be tolerated. If a person engages in such conduct, appropriate action(s) will be taken, including, removal from the meeting without refund, possible restriction from future events; or other actions as may be deemed appropriate.
Individuals who witness or experience inappropriate conduct should report such conduct to the AREMA Executive Director, AREMA Staff, or Chair of the event. Any person submitting a complaint must be acting in good faith and have reasonable ground for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation of this Policy. Any allegations that prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.
AREMA will promptly investigate all reports of harassment. All investigations/actions taken will be handled confidentially in accordance with applicable legal requirements with the guidance of AREMA’s Legal Counsel.