Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

At the Harrisburg Area YMCA, we expect staff, members, volunteers, and guests to behave in accordance with our mission and values at all times, respecting the rights and dignity of others. The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcome environment for all members and guests. The YMCA has a right to suspend/cancel membership at any time for violation of the Member Code of Conduct.

Member Conduct

Any person who supports the Harrisburg Area YMCA mission and purpose may become a member of the organization and is expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct as may be established by the board of directors. Any time that a member fails to live up to the standards and commitments of being a Y member, the board of directors or its authorized agent may, in its sole discretion, deny access or membership to that member. We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Code of Conduct outlines prohibited actions, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs.

Our Core Values

At the YMCA we demonstrate Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Honesty by:

  • Speaking in respectful tones; refraining from the use of vulgar or derogatory language; and dressing appropriately. This means:
    • Members must refrain from harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior.
    • Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling, or shouting is not permitted.
    • No sexually explicit or offensive, behavior or conversation, or any sexual contact with another person will not be tolerated.
    • Inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire is not permitted.
  • Resolving conflicts in a respectful, honest, and caring manner; never resorting to physical contact or threatening gestures. This means:
    • Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, threatening, or violent way is not permitted.
    • Respecting the property of others; never engaging in theft or destruction.
  • Creating a safe, caring environment; never carrying illegal firearms or devices.

Drugs & Alcohol

At the YMCA we demonstrate our core values by 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 unsanctioned use of alcohol on YMCA premises. This means:

  • Using, possessing, or being under the influence of illegal chemicals on YMCA property is not permitted.
  • Tobacco use – the YMCA and its property is a tobacco-free environment.

Additional Details

In addition, the YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been charged with or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, or is presently or habitually under the influence of dangerous drugs or chemicals, narcotics, intoxicating beverages or behavior-modifying drugs on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA-sponsored programs.

Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff person or the Director on Duty.

YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed. In order to be able to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves upon entering the building by using a key card to swipe in or showing photo identification at the Welcome Desk.

The YMCA will take appropriate steps to investigate all reported incidents. The protection of members and guests who are participating in programs or are using YMCA facilities is of paramount concern to the staff of the Harrisburg Area YMCA.

While using YMCA facilities, please take note of posted rules as you enter exercise and recreation areas. Staff, members, volunteers, and guests are expected to follow all posted guidelines throughout the facility.

Adherence to the YMCA Code of Conduct and regulations is essential. Noncompliance may result in suspension or termination of YMCA membership.

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