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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

CODE OF PRACTICE

This Code of Practice (sometimes known as the Code of Conduct) has been developed to set out the Association of Tangent Clubs (hereinafter known as the Association) expectations for all those taking part in or attending meetings and events under its jurisdiction along with general guidelines on the use of social media.

We are all under intense scrutiny in terms of our member’s behaviour and our reputation generally.  The advice and guidance offered in this document are not meant to penalise or cause difficulty but are there for the protection of all of us and particularly of the public at any of our events – unity and co-operation is therefore vital.

As with all event organisers and associations, the Association expects Clubs and their members to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and to ensure that their guests and members of the public are properly taken care of throughout the period of a meeting or event and do not become a nuisance to other members or other attendees.

Members should conduct themselves at all times in an appropriate fashion and should display good manners and respect towards all others.  Any verbal communication must be conducted in a polite and professional manner.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Abusive or aggressive behaviour towards anyone at any meeting and event will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  • Smoking is not permitted in breach of the law.
  • Mobile phones should be switched off (or on silent) whilst attending a meeting or event and especially whilst a speaker is on their feet.

HARASSMENT

  • No one should be subject to intimidation or made to feel alarmed or distressed or put in fear of reprisal.
  • Harassment is a criminal offence and to that end the Association adopts a zero tolerance towards all type of harassment activity.
  • Harassment may be defined as causing alarm, distress and anxiety and fear of physical violence or other threat, sexual harassment, offensive statements, verbal abuse and threats.
  • Conduct may include speech, obstruction and so on. As such, conduct may involve a criminal offence, the policy may be involved and it may be that the Association will defer any action pending the outcome of such investigation and/or prosecution.
  • It goes without saying that the Association expects courtesy and cooperation to be shown towards all staff and organisers at any Club or Association event.

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Overview and General Guidelines

Maintain Privacy

Do not post confidential or proprietary information.  Do not discuss a situation involving named or pictured individuals on a social media site without their permission.  As a guideline, do not post anything that you would not present in any public forum.  Would you want to see this item published in the newspaper or posted on a billboard tomorrow or 10 years from now.

Does It Pass The Publicity Test

If the content of your message would not be acceptable for face to face conversation, over the telephone, or in another medium, it will not be acceptable for a social networking site.

Think Before You Post

There is no such thing as a “private” social media site.  Search engines can turn up posts and pictures years after the publication date.  Comments can be forwarded or copied, archival systems save information even if you delete a post.  If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear headed.

 Understand Your Personal Responsibility

You are personally responsible for the content you publish on blogs or any other form of user generated content.  Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time – protect your privacy.  Individual bloggers have been held liable for commentary deemed to be copyright infringement, defamatory, proprietary, libellous, or obscene (as defined by the courts).  Be sure that what you post today will not come back to haunt you.

Respect Others

Don’t use personal insults, obscenity, also show proper consideration for others privacy and for topics that may be considered sensitive.  Be respectful of others opinions, you are more likely to achieve your goals if your are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.  Remember that you are most likely to build a high quality following if you discuss ideas and situations civilly.  Don’t pick fights online.