Matters of Unacceptable Conduct and Behaviour

I) Abuse and Neglect

When any person has reasonable grounds, in the course of Hockey Alberta business, activities or events that a child is being abused or neglected, s/he shall report this belief to the child protection authorities and/or Police. Hockey Alberta’s Chief Executive Officer should also be advised of the intent to report. Hockey Alberta shall take no further action until such time as the authorities and/or Police have concluded their investigation, unless there is cause for an immediate suspension on an interim basis to protect the child from further harm. The matter shall than be dealt with as a disciplinary matter pursuant to this policy, and the report of the investigation carried out by authorities may be utilized as required by Hockey Alberta.

II) Harassment

Harassment is a form of discrimination. Harassment is prohibited by human rights legislation. In its most extreme forms, harassment can be an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Harassment is defined as conduct, which is disrespectful, insulting, intimidating, humiliating, offensive or physically harmful. Types of behaviour which constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • Unwelcome jokes, innuendo or teasing about a person’s looks, body, attire, age, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
  • Condescending, patronizing, threatening or punishing actions which undermine self-esteem or diminish performance.
  • Practical jokes that cause awkwardness or embarrassment endanger a person’s safety or negatively affect performance.
  • Unwanted or unnecessary physical contact including touching, patting or pinching.
  • Any form of hazing.
  • Any form of physical assault or abuse.
  • Any sexual offense.
  • Behaviours such as those described above which are not directed towards individuals or groups but which have the effect of creating a negative, hostile or uncomfortable environment.

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