Model Policies for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Church Workers
The Church Pension Group and The Nathan Network provide a guide for churches and dioceses. The Nathan Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Episcopal Church by providing support for those engaged in preventing and/or responding to sexual misconduct through training and empowerment, education, spiritual support, resources, and networking.
A simple statement you can adapt and adopt:
XYZ Church is committed to maintaining a working environment that is free from sexual harassment and other types of discriminatory harassment. XYZ Church’s commitment begins with the recognition and acknowledgment that such harassment is, of course, unlawful. To reinforce this commitment, XYZ Church has developed a policy against harassment and a reporting procedure for employees who have experienced or witnessed harassment. This policy applies to all work-related settings and activities, whether inside or outside the workplace, and includes business trips and XYZ Church-related events. XYZ Church employees are not to use systems and equipment (e.g. telephones, voice mail, copy machines, facsimile machines, computers, and computer applications such as e-mail and Internet access) for any illegal activity or conduct that violates this policy. XYZ Church’s policy against harassment covers employees. It is necessary for employees to report any experiences of inappropriate conduct by someone who may have business with the XYZ Church (e.g., vendors, contractors).