Policy on Addressing
At-Risk or Disruptive Behavior
At our Yearly Meeting Sessions, we seek to create a place
of safety and respect for all who attend. As a Religious Society, we
profess a belief in that of God in each of us. Therefore, we cannot
permit violent physical, verbal or other behavior that we find, through
corporate discernment, violates that Inward Light. Those in our midst
whose behavior disrupts program activities and/or threatens the physical and emotional safety
and integrity of another may be asked to leave.
Disruptive behavior should be reported in confidence to one of the following
people: the Clerk of Sessions Committee (Bonnie Norton), the Co-Clerks
of Ministry and Counsel (Bill How and Phil Fitz), the Young Friends-Young
Adult Friends Coordinator (Kimberly Allen), the Field Secretary (Jonathan
Vogel-Borne). The Clerk of Sessions Committee shall coordinate the implementation
of this policy and should be promptly advised of all incidents.
If disruptive behavior is reported, the above named people will use a process of corporate discernment to determine appropriate
actions, consulting with all parties involved.
If the risk or disruption is not extreme, the offending party will be warned.
If the risk or disruption is extreme, the offending
party will be asked to leave the program activity and/or Sessions,
either from the current Sessions or from all Sessions.
offenses to individuals or property have occurred, the offending
party will be asked to leave the program activity
Sessions, either from the current Sessions or from all Sessions.