The Rules Committee chaired by Nathan Berger has drafted the following Code of Conduct for The New York Young Republican Club.
Code of Conduct
To foster a professional environment; to inculcate in its membership respect for each other and for the Club; and to demonstrate its commitment to enhance the Club’s reputation, standing, and influence in the community, the Board of Governors (Board) of the New York Young Republican Club (Club) establishes the following Code of Conduct:
CAUSE FOR REVOCATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Without prejudice to its privileges and responsibilities under the Bylaws, the Board enumerates the following non-exhaustive list of behavior that may, at the Board’s discretion, be cause for termination of membership in the Club:
- Physical, verbal, sexual, or emotional harassment or threats of harassment against the Club or any Member, Guest, Speaker, or Host Facility
- Fraud, libel, or slander against the Club or any Member, Guest, Speaker, or Host Facility
- Unethical or illegal behavior inside or outside Club activities that impugns the reputation of the Club or any Member, Guest, Speaker, or Host Facility
- Embezzlement of Club funds or the use of Club funds for purposes that have not been approved by the Board
- Misuse of real or intangible Club property (e.g., personal data of Members) for non-Club-related purpose
STANDARDS OF DECORUM
The Club recognizes the need to demonstrate tangible respect for its Members, Guests, Speakers, Host Facilities, and itself. As such, the Club expects its members to act in a congenial yet professional manner while engaged in Club-related activities. Deviations from this standard of behavior may result, at the discretion of a member of the Executive Board or a majority of the present members of the Board of Governors, in a Member being denied entry to an Event or asked to leave.
The Club recognizes that appropriate dress demonstrates respect to its Members, Guests, Speakers, and Host Facilities. Regardless of the Event, the Club asks all members to select outfits that comport with a professional aesthetic. To provide clarity, the Club establishes the following standards of dress and will communicate the applicable standard for each Event:
- Men: Professional dress includes a two-piece or three-piece suit of traditional color (black, gray, or blue with no pattern or a traditional pattern [e.g., narrow pinstripes, birdseye, nailhead]). As an alternative, men may wear a blazer or sportcoat of the preceding colors and patterns paired with appropriate trousers for the time of the Event; khaki- or stone-colored trousers may not be worn for an Event scheduled to take place in the evening. Ties are optional but strongly encouraged, particularly if the Event includes a high-profile Speaker. Sneakers and work boots are not appropriate. Hats and headgear are not permitted indoors.
- Women: Professional dress includes a business suit or skirt-and-blouse combination with trousers or a skirt in dark, unobtrusive colors. Dresses of appropriate style may also be worn. Shoes should be close-toed and heeled. Sneakers and work boots are not appropriate. Hats and headgear are not permitted indoors.
- Men: Collared shirts (e.g., button-down shirts, polo shirts) may be paired with any conservative colored trousers, including dark-wash, untorn jeans. Shirts should be tucked into trousers. T-shirts and sleeveless shirts are not appropriate. Sneakers are not appropriate. Hats and headgear are not permitted indoors.
- Women: Women: Blouses paired with slacks or skirts are appropriate. Sneakers and work boots are not appropriate. Hats and headgear are not permitted indoors.
- Casual dress is left to each Member’s discretion but should be appropriate to the context of the Event. Members should remember that purpose of the Club as stated in the Bylaws and dress appropriately.
Members of the Club must conduct themselves in a manner that respects other Members, Guests, Speakers, and Host Facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, the following statements:
- Each Member must hold himself to a high standard of personal cleanliness and hygiene.
- Each Member must respect the space around him at an Event. For example, Members may not wear backpacks or carry large items with them that impede the movement of any other Member at an Event.
- Members should respect the human dignity of other Members. This includes the avoidance of and the avoidance of the appearance of inappropriate interpersonal contact (e.g., catcalling, unwanted touching).
- Members must respect the right of each other Member to terminate a conversation at will. Interactions between Members should be congenial and intended to foster a productive, collegial atmosphere in support of the Club’s goals as outlined in the Bylaws.
- Events are not an open venue for solicitation of members to participate in activities unrelated to the Club or its Guests or Speakers. A Member who wishes to solicit an event should receive explicit consent from a member of the Executive Board or a majority of the present members of the Board of Governors.