Date: 03 October 2016
Author(s): Craig Goldsmith, Lissa Knudsen
This document is an addendum to the Quelab grievance policy. It provides a method for initiating disciplinary actions by Quelab officers and automatically generating a subsequent grievance to be heard by the Quelab Board of Directors.
The goal of the policy shall be to give Officers the authority and autonomy to quickly and authoritatively handle conflicts, violations of Quelab policies, and abusive or offensive behavior by members, while simultaneously providing concrete assurance to the member(s) and officer(s) involved that the issue will be be revisited with a final resolution to be determined by the Directors acting in an impartial capacity under the existing Grievance Policy:.
All officers shall have the ability and right to immediately, and without question, initiate a disciplinary action against a member or visitor when that person’s infraction occurs within their area of supervision. Additionally, officers may immediately initiate an action outside their area of supervision if the nature of the infraction is not directly related to an area at Quelab, but rather falls within the scope of any general policy (e.g. Anti-Harassment, Freedom of Expression, etc., see below).
This may include – but is not limited to –:
Officers may take such actions against members and visitors whenever they deem an infraction of policy, procedure and/or safety rules has occurred, or if the member has violated Quelab’s Inclusivity and Anti-Harassment Policy, Freedom Of Expression Policy, Weapons Policy or Membership Code of Conduct, as well as any other policies or rules that may be in place at the time of the infraction.
The member or visitor is expected to comply with the officer’s action or face immediate suspension of access to the space until the Grievance has been resolved (see below).
The member’s or visitor’s infraction and the resulting action by the officer(s) shall, as a whole, be considered a formal grievance, to be resolved by the Directors under the existing Grievance Policy. As of this writing, that Policy requires a written response from the Board within two days that acknowledges the grievance, and that the grievance will be discussed in a special meeting of the Directors (as described in the Quelab By-laws, Article 4, Section 9) within sixty (60) days. As per the grievance policy, the Directors may, at their discretion, keep the proceedings of grievance discussions private, but every effort will be made to keep these proceedings open to the general membership, whenever possible.