Code of Conduct
The Mankato Family YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all. To promote safety and comfort, the YMCA asks all persons to act appropriately at all times when in our facilities, on our property or participating in our programs.
The Y reserves the right to deny or refuse service to any person convicted of any offense related to violent crime, the sale, possession, and/or transportation of illegal drugs, or is currently under the influence of illegal drugs or chemicals, narcotics, or intoxicating beverages. In addition, the Y conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants, and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the Y reserves the right to cancel membership, end programming, and remove visitation access.
At the Mankato Family YMCA and during YMCA programming, we expect staff, members and guests to behave in accordance with our mission and values, respecting the rights and dignity of others.
At the YMCA, we demonstrate Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility by:
- Speaking in respectful tones; refraining from the use of vulgar or derogatory language; and dressing appropriately.
- Resolving conflicts in a respectful, honest and caring manner, never resorting to physical contact or threatening gestures.
- Respecting others by refraining from intimate behavior in public; abstaining from contact of a sexual nature.
- Respecting the property of others; never engaging in theft or destruction.
Creating a safe, caring environment, never possess, use, or distribute a weapon.
- Participating in programs to build a healthy spirit, mind and body; never engaging in the use, sale, dispensing or possession of illegal drugs or narcotics, or the use of alcohol or tobacco on YMCA premises or during YMCA programming.
The actions listed below, which are not intended to be an all inclusive list of behaviors, are considered inappropriate and are prohibited in our facilities and programs.
- Using or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles or facilities, or at YMCA sponsored programs.
- Smoking on YMCA property – All YMCA buildings and grounds are smoke and tobacco product-free environments. This includes vaping and e-cigarettes.
- Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon.
- Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior.
- Physical conduct with another person in an angry, aggressive, or threatening way.
- Verbally abusive behavior, including profanity, angry language, swearing, name calling, or shouting.
- Sexually explicit conversation of behavior; any sexual contact with another person.
- Inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire.
- Theft or behavior that results in the destructions or loss of property.
- Loitering within facilities or on the grounds of the YMCA after being requested to depart the YMCA’s property.
- Use of social networking websites in a manner that is contrary to the YMCA’s mission, is detrimental to the community or is in violation of the law.
- Soliciting on YMCA property or at YMCA sponsored programs.
Adherence to the YMCA Code of Conduct and regulations is essential. Noncompliance may result in suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges.
Anyone who feels that this Code of Conduct is being violated should immediately report the behavior to a staff person on duty. YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Please notify a staff member of assistance is needed.
Suspension or termination of YMCA membership may result from a violation of the Code of Conduct. While an incident is being investigated, the membership of the person(s) accused of violating the Code of Conduct may be temporarily suspended pending final decision.
Our YMCA utilizes video surveillance to protect all persons. Cameras are installed in open and public area.
Zero Tolerance Philosophy
TO ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF YMCA PARTICIPANTS:
Thank you for enrolling a YMCA program. We hope that you will have a meaningful and positive experience. Our goal for each child is to receive positive reinforcement, attain success, gain exposure to a role model, and have a safe experience. To help ensure a safe experience, the YMCA maintains a “Zero Tolerance for Abuse” philosophy.
The “Zero Tolerance for Abuse” philosophy compels the YMCA to make every effort to prevent child abuse that includes but is not limited to:
• Conducting staff background checks.
• Training staff and volunteers in Child Abuse Prevention.
• Taking allegations of suspicions of child abuse seriously and reporting to the police or governmental agencies for investigation.
• Continual evaluation of programs and facilities to ensure a safe environment.
As a parent of a child who is participating in a YMCA program, we ask that you help in keeping your child safe by:
• Knowing where and when your child is participating.
• Visiting and participating at any program site your child is attending.
• Talking to your child about the importance of telling you if someone does or says something that makes them feel uncomfortable. Emphasize that adults should not ask them to keep secrets from you.
• Explaining to the child that they have a basic right to privacy and that no one should touch them inappropriately or compel them to touch someone else inappropriately.
• Talking to your child about the activities they participated in after each event.
• Being concerned if your child suddenly becomes withdrawn or balks at attending certain activities or being around a volunteer or staff member.
• Tactfully seek a reason for the behavior.
• Reporting actions by staff or volunteers that you deem inappropriate to the YMCA Executive Director who in turn will launch an immediate investigation.