JALT Code of Conduct

JALT seeks to provide a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for all JALT members, staff, volunteers, and event attendees, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. JALT prohibits any intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during JALT events and any socializing related to those events. Harassment includes, but is not restricted to, offensive gestures or verbal comments related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation, as well as inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome attention. Anyone who is asked to stop harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately. Action taken by JALT may range from a warning to notifying local law enforcement. Any harassment concerns should be brought to the attention of the JALT President president@jalt.org or the JALT Board of Directors directors@jalt.org. Immediate steps will be taken to resolve the situation. 

Code of conduct complaint procedures

1) If an incident occurs, it is suggested that an individual first try to settle it informally by making it clear to the other individual(s) concerned that the behavior is unacceptable. This may be face to face or in writing. If an individual feels this is difficult or embarrassing they should seek help from conference personnel, local Chapter and/or SIG officers, or a member of the Board of Directors. (directors@jalt.org).

2) If a person affected by the situation wishes to pursue the matter, a formal complaint should be made. All complaints will be treated seriously. Complainants always have the option of going directly to law enforcement.

3) The complaint must be put in writing in a signed letter or via email stating the name of the accused, the nature of the complaint, dates and times, names of any witnesses, and action already taken.

4) All complaints will be considered by the Administrative Committee. The group will investigate the complaint as thoroughly as possible to allow opportunities for statements from both the complainant and the respondent. Any person against whom a complaint is made should also be interviewed. Anyone interviewed will be assured of confidentiality, except in the case of alleged illegal activity, which must be reported to law enforcement. The committee will make any necessary recommendations to the Board of Directors.

5) Anyone involved has the right to be accompanied during all steps in the procedure by a support person.

6) Prompt action, including but not limited to warnings, expulsions, or notification of law enforcement, will be taken if a complaint is determined to be well founded.

7) The Board of Directors may bar the perpetrator from meetings, terminate official duties if the individual is a JALT volunteer or member of staff, and/or terminate JALT membership in accordance with Chapter II, Article 11 of the JALT Constitution. In addition, the Board may take legal action. If necessary, the Board will contact and cooperate with local law enforcement agencies.