We are adamant that our students maintain high standards of conduct at tournaments and respect their competitors and judges. You can access the full-text of our policy below and report incidents here or at this URL: https://forms.gle/c4npvCuawT9Kgv9n7
Full-text of DebateDrills bullying and harassment policy:
“DebateDrills does not tolerate harassment or bullying of any kind toward any student, staff member, or judge, whether or not they are on the DebateDrills Club Team. This includes discriminatory, prejudicial, or stereotypical comments about groups, such as women and minorities, even when the comments are not directed at an individual. We expect all staff and students to treat each other and all opponents with respect and cultivate a community of inclusion and respect, whether it’s on Slack, in person, or any other forum. Harassment or bullying can take many forms and are judged based on the effect that they have on the person experiencing the harassment or bullying.
We are committed to supporting any student or staff member who has experienced or witnessed harassment or bullying. If you have felt harassed or bullied by a student or staff member at DebateDrills and wish to report it to us, please follow the steps below. Likewise, if you have witnessed discriminatory, bullying, or discriminatory behavior or comments, we encourage you to report them to us.
DebateDrills will strictly enforce the following policy.
1. Reporting to DebateDrills
Please contact Elyssa Alfieri via Slack or email (her personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org). You can describe what happened via a written message or you can schedule a phone call. We will ask you if you are okay with us talking to the person who harassed or bullied you, and if you wish to remain anonymous. We will also ask you what you would like us to do and how we can help you. We will try to respect your wishes to the utmost extent possible.
We encourage you to talk to us about behavior that makes you uncomfortable, even if you do not think it rises to the level of harassment or bullying. We are here to support you and find a solution that makes you feel safe and valued on the Club Team. That may take the form of having a Club Team -wide conversation, talking directly to an individual, or other non-disciplinary action.
Elyssa will discuss the incident with Paras and Nicolette. If you decided to remain anonymous, Elyssa will not disclose your name during that discussion to Paras and Nicolette, and Elyssa will not tell the person who harassed or bullied you. If you are okay with Elyssa disclosing your name and/or talking to the person who harassed or bullied you, we may schedule a conversation with that person.
If you are uncomfortable with this process at the time of incident, please reach out to Elyssa and we will work with you to figure out an alternative.
3. Final Decision
Elyssa will contact you once an evaluation has been made to let you know what is happening next. If you wish to remain anonymous, we will make every effort to keep you anonymous, but please remember that it may not always be possible, or the transgressor may guess that you disclosed to us.
We use a restorative discipline model to deal with students found to be harassing or bullying anyone within the DebateDrills Community or the broader Debate Community. This model underscores the importance of corrective and supportive measures to address harm; as well as the importance of the community in the process of repairing harm. The process under this model is as follows:
On the first offense:
- A discussion occurs with the student, specifically regarding the behavior that is at issue, the harm of this behavior to the team and individuals on the team, and the exact expectations of how this behavior will change;
- Students are required to identify ways they can make amends with students harmed, and ensure the student makes direct amends to those students if it is desired;
On the second offense:
- The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) are contacted, and we will collectively discuss the expectations for remaining on the team
- Involvement in team activities (practice debates, coaching sessions, tournament attendance) is suspended, with the requirement that the student reflect on the following: the event in question, the student’s thought process at the time of the event, the student’s thought process since the event, the harm caused by the student’s behavior, and the steps required to repair the harm caused
- The student takes actionable steps to repair the harm caused with the individuals involved and the individuals harmed are consulted in the process of the student returning to team activities
On the third offense:
- Expulsion from the team, with a transparent discussion with the team on our decision
Once someone has been removed from DebateDrills because of harassment or bullying, they will not be permitted to return for any reason. In the exceptional case that there has been an error or there is new information available, they may appeal directly to Paras via email or text. Appeals are discretionary.”