On-Demand Guidance for Holding Harassment-Free Meetings

Learn how to recognize harassment and achieve a positive and safe environment for all attendees at ACS-affiliated events. This training reinforces the ACS core value of professionalism, safety, and ethics.

Pricing: FREE
Duration: <1 hour
Registration Info

About the Instructor(s)

Mr. Ken Polk is an attorney within ACS Legal and reports to the Society’s Secretary & General Counsel, Flint Lewis. He is responsible for ensuring ACS’s compliance in a variety of legal areas, including matters affecting divisions and local sections. Mr. Polk has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar for more than 32 years. He led a team of colleagues reporting to the Secretary & General Counsel in preparing this Guidance.

About the Course

This training provides the knowledge and skills to ensure harassment-free meeting environments and provides ACS Divisions, Local Sections, and others that are organizing and operating ACS-affiliated events with guidance for identifying and mitigating harassment, including sexual harassment. Participants will review how to prevent incidents of assault and battery or harmful and offensive conduct and achieve a positive and safe environment for all attendees while avoiding claims of slander, defamation of character, or civil rights-based claims by actors.

  • 3-Pronged Approach to address harassment at meetings
  • Alternatives to the approach and more guidance on certain aspects, 
  • Defining harassment 
  • Official statements 

What You Will Learn

After this training, participants will:

  1. Recognize harassment and take action to deter it.
  2. Construct a way to address harassment using a three-pronged approach.
  3. Consider employing the ACS Guidance on harassment or alternative policy statements relative to volunteer conduct at meetings.
  4. Review useful actions that individuals can take if they are subjected to or witness others engaging in harassing behavior.
  5. Create and deploy a process to receive complaints, investigate, and address harassing behavior that threatens a safe and professional environment.
  6. Be aware that resources are available to assist volunteers when implementing a harassment policy.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for ACS members, volunteers, and those in governance positions at ACS.

Course Outline

  • Course Syllabus

    1. Welcome/training goals/objectives 
    2. Our Responsibilities 
    3. 3-Pronged Approach to address harassment at meetings
    4. Alternatives to the approach and more guidance on certain aspects, 
    5. Defining harassment 
    6. Official statements 
    7. Key steps to take 
    8. Key Take-Aways

Dates, Locations, and Prices

On-Demand

Online

Price Member Free Non-Member Free