Anyone who feels harassed is encouraged to immediately inform the alleged harasser that the behavior is unwelcome. In many instances, the person is unaware that their conduct is offensive and when so advised can easily and willingly correct the conduct so that it does not reoccur. Anyone who feels harassed IS NOT required to address the person believed guilty of inappropriate treatment. If the informal discussion with the alleged harasser is unsuccessful in remedying the problem or if complainant does not feel comfortable with such an approach, he/she should contact BPS’s Executive Director or the Society President, or any BPS Officer. All complaints will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.All reports of harassment or sexual harassment will be treated seriously. However, absolute confidentiality cannot be promised nor can it be assured. BPS will conduct an investigation of any complaint of harassment or sexual harassment, which may require limited disclosure of pertinent information to certain parties, including the alleged harasser. No retaliation will be taken against any employee, member, volunteer, exhibitor, or supplier because he or she reports a problem concerning possible acts of harassment. Employees, members, volunteers, exhibitors, or suppliers can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal.
Once a complaint of harassment or sexual harassment is received, BPS will begin a prompt and thorough investigation. An impartial investigative committee, consisting of the Past-President, current President, and President-Elect will be established. The committee will interview the complainant and review the written complaint. If no written complaint exists, one will be requested. The committee will speak to the alleged offender and present the complaint. The alleged offender will be given the opportunity to address the complaint, with sufficient time to respond to the evidence and bring his/her own evidence. If the facts are in dispute, the investigative team may need to interview anyone named as witnesses. The investigative committee may seek BPS Counsel’s advice.
Once the investigation is complete, the committee will report their findings and make recommendations to the Society Officers.
Individuals engaging in behavior prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees and the reporting of their behavior to their employer. Repeat offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future Society meetings or Society-sponsored activities. In the event that the individual is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she may appeal to the President of the Society. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the BPS Executive Officer or other Society Officer.
Every officer, director, supervisor, and manager is responsible for ensuring that BPS provides an environment free of harassment and inappropriate behavior and that complaints are handled promptly and effectively. The BPS Society Office and Officers must inform the Society membership and all vendors and suppliers about this policy, promptly investigate allegations of harassment, take appropriate disciplinary action, and take steps to assure retaliation is prohibited.