Lindy Hop on the Rock Code of Conduct

Welcome! Lindy Hop on the Rock (LHotR) strives to be an inclusive, supportive (and awesome!) swing dance community where instances of inappropriate behavior are rare. The LHotR code of conduct is designed to acknowledge that everyone has a right to be safe and a responsibility to ensure the safety of others in the LHotR community.

We love to dance, and we want you to love it too! Please help LHotR maintain a safe and welcoming environment by practicing a common understanding of what is acceptable and what is not when you participate in LHotR classes, social dancing, events, or engage with social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter).

Respect

LHotR participants agree to respect all persons regardless of gender expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, or nationality. Participants agree to treat everyone equally, regardless of age, physical capability, lifestyle, dance experience, or dance role. In order to achieve this, LHotR participants agree to respect the physical boundaries of other dancers (e.g., personal space and space on the dance floor) as well as people’s emotional or personal boundaries in the dance or in conversation (i.e., try to be conscious of the non-verbal signals your partner is giving you and adjust accordingly).

Consent

To ensure a safe and enjoyable environment please establish consent before making physical contact with another participant. Consent can be either verbal (e.g. asking “would you like to dance?”), nonverbal (e.g. offering your hand), or both. You are not obligated to dance with someone if you don't want to. You can politely decline an invitation to dance and you are under no obligation to provide a reason. Both parties have the right to withdraw their consent at any time for any reason. If someone declines your offer to dance, then please respect their choice. When dancing with a partner, maintain consent by recognizing that dances are a series of invitations in an equal partnership. Invitations can be declined at any time by either partner.

Inappropriate behavior

Harassment of any kind, including but not limited to verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual, is considered inappropriate behaviour and will not be tolerated in LHotR classes, socials, events or in online media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). Examples of inappropriate behavior include: offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recordings, sustained disruption of classes, workshops or other events,  inappropriate physical contact (e.g. unnecessary touching or contact of a persons’ body), and unwelcome sexual attention (e.g. repeated leering, innuendos, etc.).

Please note that as a MUNSU Club LHotR abides by Memorial University’s Policies for Sexual Harassment.

Issue Resolution

If you encounter a negative experience with another LHotR participant during the course of a class, social dance, event, or online, LHotR encourages you to speak directly with them to try and resolve the issue. If a resolution cannot be reached, does not work, or you feel unsafe/uncomfortable in dealing directly with the person(s) involved, please seek the assistance of a LHotR organizer (e.g. a teacher, teaching assistant, host, DJ, etc.) or another participant you trust.

Memorial University’s Sexual Harassment Office is also available as a resource to anyone involved in the university community. LHotR encourages any participant who has experienced or witnessed intimidating, or inappropriate behavior to tell an organizer (e.g. a teacher, teaching assistant, event coordinator). This will ensure that necessary action is taken to deal with misconduct and that steps can be taken to prevent future incidents.

As the situation warrants, we reserve the right to take any action we deem necessary to deal with inappropriate behavior. Inappropriate behavior that cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the organizers may result in actions ranging from a verbal warning to permanent exclusion from all LHotR activities without refund.

Lindy Hop on the Rock, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to update or modify this code of conduct at any time without prior notice.

Photo and Video Policy

Lindy Hop on the Rock reserves the right to take group flash photography and video during classes, social dance events, workshops and other activities for advertising and social media promotional purposes. Participants are asked to please not take flash photography or video during classes, social dances, workshops, practice sessions as some participants prefer not to be filmed, even if they are in the background.

Participants may film lesson recaps if their instructors permit it. Participants and Lindy Hop on the Rock instructors and volunteers have a right to their privacy, so please respect their wishes. If you would like to take a picture or make a video recording of a participant during a Lindy Hop on the Rock event, please ask permission to do so first.

Thank you for helping LHotR create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

- Last Revision: October 21, 2017