Code of Conduct

The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats are committed to fostering an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. The SFVYD Executive Board expects that all members, including officers and board members, and our associated party allies will conduct themselves in a respectful manner to ensure that all events and meetings are places where members feel welcomed and comfortable.

The Executive Board and affiliated agents of the club are dedicated to doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case. Our goal is to guarantee that any club member or ally who comes forward to share their story about harassment, assault, or a violation of any kind can expect their story to be taken seriously – regardless of who the perpetrator is, whether a club member, a club leader, a party leader, a candidate, a staffer, or an elected official.

Prohibited Behaviors

Discrimination— The unfair treatment of a person or group because of that person’s or group’s category status, including race, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability status, national origin, veteran status, and immigration status.

Harassment—Physical or verbal hostility, or any unwelcome or offensive conduct or communication, directed toward someone or toward a group of individuals, because of their category status.

Sexual harassment—Unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or any other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.

Sexual assault—any physical sexual act (including touching and grabbing) perpetrated upon a person:

    1. without their consent;
    2. where the assailant uses physical force, threat, coercion, or intimidation to overpower or control another,
    3. where the victim fears that he or she, or another person, will be injured or otherwise harmed if he or she does not submit;
    4. where the victim’s ability to give or withhold consent is impaired due to the influence of alcohol or other drugs;
    5. or where consent is otherwise not freely given.

Reporting Violations & Disciplinary Action

SFVYD strongly encourages all survivors to report violations to a trusted person or to the authorities. We also strongly encourage and expect third parties, when and if possible and not endangering individual safety and/or emotional wellbeing, to report knowledge of violations of this code of conduct. Violation of this code of conduct will be codified in the bylaws by a vote of membership and may include disciplinary action up to and including termination of rights to SFVYD membership, and leadership positions, attendance at club events, consideration for endorsements, and other applicable privileges.

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