Volunteers

Sexual Harassment/Misconduct

Sexual harassment is unlawful. It continues to be the policy of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan that any form of sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct that will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment occurs when a person is subjected to severe or pervasive conduct and/or comments because of that person's sex. Such conduct or comments need not be sexual in nature. It may include one or more of the following: sexual advances or propositions; requests for sexual favors; verbal abuse of a sexual nature, including sexually explicit or degrading references to another person or similar language; unnecessary touching; the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit or offensive jokes or physical assault.
No volunteer will engage in unwelcome sexual conduct. No volunteer will threaten or insinuate, either explicitly or implicitly, that another volunteer’s refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect that person’s volunteer status, evaluation, advancement, assigned duties, or any other condition of volunteer development. No volunteer will, by unwelcome sexual conduct, create a hostile environment for any volunteer.
Any volunteer who feels that he or she is a victim of sexual harassment–including, but not limited to, any of the conduct listed above–by any supervisor, management official, other volunteer, customer, client or any other person in connection with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is expected to bring the matter to the immediate attention of his or her supervisor. The supervisor should then immediately report the incident(s) to Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.
A volunteer who is uncomfortable for any reason in bringing such a matter to the attention of his or her supervisor, or is not satisfied after bringing the matter to the attention of his or her supervisor, should report the matter to Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Also, any questions about this policy or potential sexual harassment should be brought to the attention of these persons.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan will promptly investigate all allegations of harassment in as confidential a manner as possible. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan reserves the right to dismiss or suspend any volunteer who, in conducting Girl Scout program, advocates, solicits, or promotes sexuality/homosexuality so as to create substantial risk that such conduct will be detrimental to the proper role model for girl members or to the Girl Scout environment.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan will consider violation of any of the above policy stipulations as grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or separation from the council. Retaliation against anyone who has reported an allegation of harassment or sexual harassment is expressly prohibited and, if it occurs, will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination.