At Swing Out Adelaide we are committed to providing a safe space for everyone to enjoy jazz and dance, which is free of harassment and discrimination. Below is outlined our Code of Conduct. All of our teachers, DJs, event staff and volunteers will abide by this Code, and by attending our classes or events you agree to respect and abide by our Code of Conduct too. Behaviour that results in others feeling unsafe will not be tolerated.
If at any time you need help, are injured and/or require medical attention, feel unsafe, harassed, bullied or want to let us know about inappropriate behaviour you can speak to our safety officer Kelly (ask to speak to her at the front desk) at a class or social, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0429 596 416. If Kelly is unavailable ask to speak to the teacher on duty. Your information will always be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you would like to make an anonymous report you can do so here.
CODE OF CONDUCT
- EVERYONE is welcome on the floor regardless of gender identity, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, religion or ability. Rudeness, harassment and discrimination on these grounds (or any!) will not be tolerated.
- RESPECT those around you: their bodies, their personal space, their dance levels, and their backgrounds. If someone does not wish to dance in a close position, respect this choice. If inappropriate contact occurs accidentally (boob swiping, etc), apologise immediately. If this continually happens you will be asked to leave.
- SEEK VERBAL CONSENT when asking someone to dance. It is also polite to specify a role. Do not make assumptions regarding roles based on gender. It’s ok to say no to dance – you don’t need a reason. Be ok with someone saying no.
- CONSENT can be revoked at any time. Consent for one thing does not mean consent for another.
- USE LANGUAGE mindfully. Do not use sexist, transphobic, homophobic, ageist, able-ist or racist language.
- AERIALS, LIFTS and dips where someones weight is taken off of their feet, or lifts are not permitted on the social floor. These are ok in a performance/competition setting, but only with verbal consent from your partner.
- MINORS must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We all agree that minors should be looked out for in the scene
- DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Supplying alchohol to a minor (under 18) is illegal.
- DON’T GIVE ADVICE on the dance floor. You may give feedback in class if your partner is receptive. Remember swing dancing is a team activity!
If you violate this code of conduct and make others feel unsafe the complaint will be discussed with you and you may be asked to leave the class/event. For a grievous offence you will be banned from returning to any Swing Out Adelaide class or event, or for multiple offences if you have been issued a warning. We take this stuff very seriously and expect you to do so too. This way we can all have a great time on and off the dance floor.
WHAT CONSTITUTES SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
The Australian Human Right’s Commission defines sexual harassment as:
- Unwelcome touching, hugging or kissing
- Staring or leering
- Suggestive comments or jokes
- Sexually explicit pictures, screen savers or posters
- Unwanted invitations to go out on dates or requests for sex
- Intrusive questions about an person’s private life or body
- Unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against someone
- Insults or taunts of a sexual nature
- Sexually explicit emails or SMS messages
- Accessing sexually explicit internet sites
- Inappropriate advances on social networking sites
- Behaviour which would also be an offence under the criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications.
Sexual harassment does not have to be repeated or continuous to be against the law. It can be a one-off incident. Sexual harassment is determined from the point of view of the person feeling harassed. It is how the unwanted behaviour is received not how it is intended by the person perpetrating it that counts.
What happens when you make a report related to breaches of the code?
We have both an informal and formal complaints procedure that is based on a Victims Rights model which recognises the following:
- That sexual assault is a crime and a violation of basic human rights
- That you have a right to comment or complain about your experiences at Swing Out Adelaide and this will be responded to in a timely manner with respect, confidentiality and sensitivity
- That you have a right to make informed decisions within the complaints process
If you would like to make an informal complaint or just talk with someone about your experiences at Swing out Adelaide you can make contact with our safety officer (Kelly), the director of Swing out Adelaide (Luna), or your teacher.
If you would like to make a formal complaint you can either send a written response through email (email@example.com), through our incident form or you can approach in person our Safety officer Kelly to discuss your concerns.
If you would like further information about SwingOut Adelaide’s complaint procedure you can contact us at any time.