Conflict Resolution Policy
Perhaps the most important
measure of a community is how it handles conflicts and disruptive
behavior. In recognition of this, and in order to create the atmosphere
of safety that is necessary for the freedom of expression and
self-exploration that is the goal of our events, the Free Spirit
Alliance has set forth the following policies.
- Every person has the right to be free from
threats and harassment, to have their reasonable personal boundaries
respected, and to have their side given a fair hearing if they become
involved in a dispute.
- Every person has the responsibility to
clearly state their own boundaries, to respect the boundaries of others,
to give a fair hearing to the other side if they become involved in a
dispute, and to behave with due respect for their own safety and for the
safety and rights of others.
- FSA strives to promote dialog and mediation
for conflict resolution. Should a dispute arise, we will try to find
someone mutually agreeable to the parties involved to act as a mediator.
The primary responsibility for finding a such a mediator and overseeing
the conflict resolution process shall rest with
- the Coordinator On Duty at the time, if
the dispute is during an event and involves the intervention of
security staff or is otherwise of an immediate nature, or
- the FSA President, otherwise.During the mediation process, all parties are asked to keep in mind the rights and responsibilities outlined above.
- FSA strives to create an atmosphere of
freedom, subject to the requirements of safety and to the rights of
others. Should a person act in a disruptive or unsafe manner, we will
make a good faith effort to work with them to find a safe, peaceful, and
reasonable way in which their goals can be met.
- While we promote mediation and cooperation,
a person whose behavior is reckless, disruptive, unlawful, or a threat
to the safety or rights of others may be ejected from the event at the
sole discretion of the event coordinator.
- Any person ejected from an event who then
displays unlawful, dangerous, or disruptive behavior at a subsequent
event may be banned from future events for either a limited time or
permanently. The decision on such a ban rests with the President, in
consultation with the Event Coordinator(s) and Trustees.
Please remember: when reports
of problems don’t reach us until after the end of an event, our ability
to address them is severely hampered. If you encounter a problem that
you’d like us to assist in solving, we ask that you please bring it to
our attention promptly. You are not bothering us by asking us to help you solve a problem; that’s part of what we’re here for.
Conflict Resolution Policy.pdf