Magazine article The American Organist

American Guild of Organists Forms Policy against Harassment

Magazine article The American Organist

American Guild of Organists Forms Policy against Harassment

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Approved, by AGO National Council November 6, 2018

THE American Guild of Organists (the "Guild") is firmly committed to an environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation for all. We expect each member to adhere to the Guild's Code of Ethics and this Anti-Harassment Policy (the "Policy").

The Guild will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or threatening or disrespectful behavior by any member against: another member, guests of members at Guild events, students, choir members, clergy, congregants, or members of the public.

Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behavior and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, this behavior may include, but is not limited to: unwanted sexual advances; subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors; sexual jokes; innuendoes; advances or propositions; verbal, physical, or psychological abuse of a sexual nature; requests for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning the victim's job or academic performance evaluation, a promotion or other job benefits or detriments; subtle or obvious pressure for unwelcome sexual activities; commentary about an individual's body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whisding, touching, pinching, assault, coerced sexual acts, or suggestive, insulting, or obscene comments or gestures; display or circulation in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature; and hostile actions taken against an individual because of that individual's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and the status of being transgender. …

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