Code of Conduct Policy
Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club
The KINGSTON HAWTHORN CRICKET CLUB recognises the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment and the adoption of policies such as this is a vital step in doing just that. Along with the continued promotion of our club values (Commitment, Unity, Respect and Pride) we are confident that we shall continue to provide a club environment that develops not only great cricketers, but great people too. In particular, to
Accordingly, the following policy shall apply to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players, spectators, visitors and other volunteers and/or or staff of the club.
Social media is a broad and changing concept. It generally refers to interactive electronic forums or online media where people are communicating, posting participating, sharing, networking or bookmarking. For the purposes of this by-law, social media extends to:
The Club will maintain, or allow to be maintained
When using social media, a person must not:
Racial and Religious Harassment
The Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club is strongly committed to ensuring that all Club officials and members, umpires and other representatives are able to participate in cricket in an environment free of racial and religious harassment.
Racial harassment at any level of our cricket, both on and off the field of play, will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Club officials and members have a responsibility to create and maintain a playing environment in which participants feel comfortable and where people respect and tolerate the rights, views and opinions of others.
Individuals who experience racial or religious harassment are entitled to the support of the Executive Committee, other officials and representatives of the Club and members. All complaints of such harassment will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly and tactfully, including action being taken to ensure that the harassment stops. The Club will also take action to ensure that any person who lodges a complaint or who assists the investigation of a complaint is not victimised or disadvantaged in any way. Where such a situation occurs, the individual found to be in breach of this policy will be required to appear before the Executive Committee to provide an explanation, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any person or club deemed to have breached the policy. Where it is found that the harassment alleged did not occur, all necessary action will be taken to ensure that the reputation of the accused person/s or club is not affected or impugned. Furthermore, any individual who deliberately fabricates or falsifies a complaint or falsely supports such a complaint of harassment will be required to appear before the Executive Committee to provide an explanation, and if proven, subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Any person who falsely lays a complaint should also be aware that the accused person/s or club has the right to pursue legal action for defamation.
The Club supports and endorses the policies of Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia. It will co-operate fully in any investigation. Further where the matter is intraclub in nature it will follow the same procedure and may call on Cricket Victoria for support.
All club committee members with the assistance of club leaders will enforce the Code of Conduct policy and any non-compliance will be handled according to the following process:
The club will promote the Code of Conduct policy regularly by:
The club recognises the importance of educating club members, particularly players, of the benefits of a code of conduct and will endeavour to provide information to assist this process.
This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant to club operations and reflects both community expectations and legal requirements.
John R Noonan
18 May 2017
Next policy review date is: 18/5/2018