CODE OF CONDUCT
The Helios Society Ltd (HSL) strongly supports the Laws of Australia and Victoria in respect of harassment and public behaviour and will vigorously support these laws to the fullest. More stringent laws of Victoria have precedence over this code of behaviour. This Code of Behaviour reflects and supports HSL’s Articles of Association and By-Laws. Furthermore HSL supports the Code of Behaviour of the Australian Nudist Federation and supports any ruling made by its affiliated clubs in respect of behaviour of individuals, couples or groups whilst HSL members may be attending their facilities.
- The rights of every person, especially children, are paramount in a clothes free environment.
- Further to the comments above, HSL has no intention of inhibiting or prohibiting mutually acceptable affectionate gestures within family units. Nor does it intend to intrude into relationships or the private acts of consenting adults.
- HSL does not condone sexual harassment or public sexual acts. These will have no place within HSL and will not be tolerated.
- Unacceptable behaviour is defined as persistent staring, stalking or following, voyeuristic positioning or crowding of an individuals personal space. It also includes other overt sexual acts or displays as well as any aggressive acts or threatening body language.
- Unauthorised photography and/or videoing (including use of camera phones) of adults and minors will not be tolerated.
- Prior permission must be obtained from the adult who is to be photographed and, in respect of children; prior parental approval must be obtained. Permission must be gained from any person who would be likely to be in the field of view.
- It is incumbent on the photographer to be responsible in the choice of the photogenic subject, angle, background etc. Anyone who is aware of a photographer taking less than acceptable photos is obliged to report that person to the Board.
- Unwelcome communications is defined as any unwanted advances, remarks, suggestions, propositions, gestures, threats, messages, ridicule or jokes of a crude or sexual nature. Persistent attempts to engage another in clearly undesired conversation should be reported to the Board. Unsolicited comments and/or gestures about a person’s body are also considered unacceptable.
- Inappropriate touching is defined as unwelcome touching of another person’s body.
- Members and guests are encouraged to maintain a relaxing family ambiance within HSL grounds by reporting, in a timely manner, any situation they feel is contrary to this code of behaviour.
- Legitimate complaints referred to the HSL Board or Harassment Officer will be investigated fully.
- Any behaviour of a serious nature may be referred to an external agency for investigation.
- Requests for confidentiality will be respected unless disclosure is deemed necessary as part of the disciplinary or corrective process.
- Any act that is contrary to this code of behaviour as outlined above may result in that person’s suspension or expulsion from HSL.