Code of Conduct and Ethics

Code of Conduct and Ethics

“Organization” refers to: Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC)

1. The purpose of this Code is to ensure a safe and positive environment (within the Organization’sprograms, activities, and events) by making Individuals aware that there is an expectation, at all times, of appropriate behaviour consistent with the Organization’s core values. The Organization supports equal opportunity, prohibits discriminatory practices, and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect.


Application of this Code
2. This Code applies to Individuals’ conduct during the Organization’s business, activities, and events including, but not limited to, meetings, conferences, visitations, travel associated withthe Organization’s activities, the Organization’s office environment, and other organizational events.

3. An Individual who violates procedures from the Code may be subject to sanctions pursuant to the Organization’s Bylaws In addition to facing possible sanction pursuant to the Organization’s ByLaws, an Individual who violates this Code during a ASPC activity may be ejected from the Organization.

4. A member of the Organization found to have engaged in acts of violence or at any Organization events or activity will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action subject to the terms of the Organization’s Bylaws.


5. Individuals have a responsibility to:

a) Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of the Organization members and otherindividuals by:

i. Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin,place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation
ii. Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism ofathletes, coaches, officials, organizers, volunteers, employees, or members
iii. Consistently demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship, sport leadership, and ethicalconduct
iv. Acting, when appropriate, to correct or prevent practices that are unjustlydiscriminatory
v. Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably
vi. Ensuring adherence to the rules of the sport and the spirit of those rules

b) Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined ascomment or conduct directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive,racist, sexist, degrading, or malicious. Types of behaviour that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:

i. Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts
ii. The display of visual material which is offensive or which one ought to know isoffensive in the circumstances
iii. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts
iv. Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures
v. Condescending or patronizing behaviour which is intended to undermine self-esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working conditions
vi. Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’ssafety, or negatively affect performance
vii. Any form of hazing where hazing is defined as “Any potentially humiliating, degrading, abusive, or dangerous activity expected of a junior-ranking athlete by a more senior teammate, which does not contribute to either athlete’s positive development, but is required to be accepted as part of a team, regardless of the junior-ranking athlete’s willingness to participate.
This includes, but is not limited to,any activity, no matter how traditional or seemingly benign, that sets apart or alienates any teammate based on class, number of years on the team, or athletic ability.”
viii. Unwanted physical contact including, but not limited to, touching, petting, pinching,or kissing
ix. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests, or invitations
x. Physical or sexual assault
xi. Behaviours such as those described above that are not directed towards a specificindividual or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment
xii. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment tothe Organization

c. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment isdefined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or conduct of a sexual nature. Types of behaviour that constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

i. Sexist jokes
ii. Display of sexually offensive material
iii. Sexually degrading words used to describe a person
iv. Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life
v. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions
vi. Persistent unwanted contact

d. Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods. More specifically, the Organization adopts and adheres to the WADA Anti Doping Program. Any infraction under this Program shall be
considered an infraction of thisCode and may be subject to further disciplinary action, and possible sanction, pursuant to the Organization’s By Laws the Organization will respect any penalty enacted pursuant to a breach of the WADA Anti-Doping Program whetherimposed by the Organization or any other sport organization

e. Refrain from associating with any person for the purpose of coaching, training, competition,instruction, administration, management, athletic development, or supervision of the sport,who has incurred an anti-doping rule violation and is serving a sanction involving a period ofineligibility imposed pursuant to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and/or the World Anti- Doping Code and recognized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

f. Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person toengage in inappropriate activities

g. Respect the property of others and not wilfully cause damage

h. Promote the sport in the most constructive and positive manner possible

i. Adhere to all federal, provincial, municipal and host country laws

j. Comply, at all times, with the Organization’s bylaws, policies, procedures, and rules andregulations, as adopted and amended from time to time


Board/Committee Members and Staff
6. In addition to section 7 (above), the Organization’s Directors, Committee Members, and Staff willhave additional responsibilities to:

a. Function primarily as a member of the board and/or committee(s) of the Organization; notas a member of any other particular member or constituency
b. Act with honesty and integrity and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with thenature and responsibilities of the Organization’s business and the maintenance of Individuals’ confidence
c. Ensure that the Organization’s financial affairs are conducted in a responsible andtransparent manner with due regard for all fiduciary responsibilities
d. Conduct themselves openly, professionally, lawfully and in good faith in the best interests ofthe Organization
e. Be independent and impartial and not be influenced by self-interest, outside pressure,expectation of reward, or fear of criticism
f. Behave with decorum appropriate to both circumstance and position and be fair, equitable,considerate, and honest in all dealings with others
g. Keep informed about the Organization’s activities, the provincial sport community, andgeneral trends in the sectors in which they operate
h. Exercise the degree of care, diligence, and skill required in the performance of their dutiespursuant to the laws under which the Organization is incorporated
i. Respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature
j. Ensure that all Individuals are given sufficient opportunity to express opinions, and that allopinions are given due consideration and weight
k. Respect the decisions of the majority and resign if unable to do so
l. Commit the time to attend meetings and be diligent in preparation for, and participation in,discussions at such meetings
m. Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all the Organization governancedocuments
n. Conform to the bylaws and policies approved by the Organization, in particular this Code ofConduct and Ethics