This Code is the only formal method of asserting a grievance. Members or volunteers are not prohibited from informally raising a grievance with a Board member.
Members, Board and volunteer group members, volunteers, and employees may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the policies and operations of the NYSSA except through their roles as voting members of the Board or volunteer groups. Human resources, marketing, IT and membership operations and issues are the purview of the employees and not of volunteers.
Employees and members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the policies and operations of the NYSSA except through their specific job responsibilities and established supervisory structure.
NYSSA will not tolerate bullying or harassment, physical or threatened physical assault, ridicule and humiliation. Abusive behavior, offensive language directed at people and making malicious or unfounded allegations of a serious nature against people are also considered threatening behavior.
Volunteers and all members shall understand the scope of their authority and exercise good judgment in their dealings with other volunteers, stakeholders, employees, suppliers and the general public and shall respond to all constituents and the needs of the NYSSA’s members in a responsible, respectful and professional manner.
Volunteers and all members shall not request special or personal favors or extensive information from other volunteers, members, stakeholders, or employees, without prior consultation and agreement of the President who will bring it to the attention of the Chair of the Board.
NYSSA events are professional gatherings and therefore appropriate behaviors are expected. All members and Volunteers shall adhere to NYSSA policies, procedures, guidelines, and the Volunteer/Member Code of Conduct in all interactions with other volunteers, employees, vendors, and other stakeholders.
Volunteers, members, and employees shall refrain from having on their possession or using illegal drugs on NYSSA’s property or during NYSSA events at other locations. Similarly, such persons may not drink alcoholic beverages on NYSSA’s property or during NYSSA events at other locations, unless offered by or on behalf of NYSSA. During visits to a bar by groups, after meet and greets or other events, when NYSSA does not pay, volunteers are free to drink responsibly if they choose.
Volunteers, members, and employees may not bring onto NYSSA’s property or bring to NYSSA events at other locations dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, weapons or other similar items.
Volunteers must disclose any conflicts of interest to the President and CEO.
I have read and I understand the NYSSA's Code of Conduct. I agree to abide by the rules described above and understand that I may be removed as a volunteer, member or employee if I violate any of these rules.
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