Welcoming ALL at our Y is everyone’s responsibility.
At our Y we are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, safe, comfortable, and part of this amazing YMCA community we share. When in our facility or participating in our programs, all individuals are required to adhere to our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. In that spirit, we expect members and guests to be kind and considerate to each other and to the staff in our Ys and online while respecting the rights and personal space of others at all times.
YMCA Code of Conduct
The YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for everyone, all individuals are asked to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs.
We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Member & Participant Code of Conduct outlines prohibited actions, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs.
The following are strictly prohibited:
- Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles or at YMCA sponsored programs.
- No smoking on YMCA property. The Y is a smoke-free environment.
- No pets are allowed on YMCA property unless they are “working dogs” to assist members while accessing the facilities.
- Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon.
- Harassment or intimidation using words, gestures, body language or any menacing type of behavior.
- Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive or threatening way.
- Verbally abusive or offensive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling or shouting.
- Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person.
- Inappropriate, immodest or sexually revealing attire.
- Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property.
- Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA.
- Use of social networking websites in a manner that is contrary to the YMCA’s mission, is detrimental to the community or is in violation of the law.
- Cell phone photography or unauthorized photography of members or participants.
In addition the YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs, chemicals, narcotics or intoxicating beverages.
Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff person. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result if the CEO determines that a violation of the Member and Participant Code of Conduct has occurred.