California Academy of Sciences (“Academy”) is committed to maintaining an environment for youth that is safe, nurturing, empowering, and which promotes growth and success for the youth who participate in our activities.  The following guidelines are intended to assist Academy contractors and partners in making decisions about interactions with youth.  For clarification of any guideline or to inquire about behaviors not addressed here, please contact your primary contact at the Academy for assistance from the Human Resources Department.

 

The Code of Conduct outlines specific expectations of Academy contractors and partners as the Academy strives to accomplish its mission.  A youth is defined as anyone under the age of 18, including guests, employees (including interns), volunteers or any other youth with whom we interact in the course of business

Youth will be treated with respect at all times. 

 

Youth will be treated fairly regardless of race, sex, gender, age, or religion, disability & sexual orientation.

 

Academy contractors and partners are prohibited from having outside contact with youth unless the matter is business related.

 

Academy contractors and partners will not use profanity or tell off-color jokes at the Academy and around youth.

 

At the Academy and in the presence of youth, Academy contractors and partners will not discuss their sexual encounters or in any way involve youth in their personal problems or issues.

 

Academy contractors and partners will not date or become romantically involved with youth.

 

Academy contractors and partners will not use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at the Academy and in the presence of youth.  

 

Academy contractors and partners will not have sexually oriented materials, including printed or internet pornography, at the Academy or in the presence of youth.

 

Academy contractors and partners will not have secrets with youth.

 

Academy contractors and partners will dress in the appropriate uniform and follow established guidelines for public floor attire and will refrain from wearing provocative and revealing attire including midriffs, tank tops, halter tops, short shorts, short skirts, etc.   

 

Academy contractors and partners will not stare at or comment on the youth’ bodies.

 

Academy contractors and partners will not demonstrate inappropriate forms of affection and will follow the following guidelines of physical contact.


 Physical Contact:

Appropriate Physical Contact

Inappropriate Physical Contact

Pats on the shoulder or back
Handshakes
“High-fives”
Verbal praise
Holding hands (with younger youth in escorting situations)
Hugs
Kisses
Grabbing by the arm-unless it’s a matter of safety
Wrestling
Piggyback rides
Tickling and massages
Any form of affection that is unwanted by the youth or the employee or volunteer
  • Touching bottom, chest or private areas

 

Academy contractors and partners will not engage in electronic communication with youth unless the matter is business related.

 

Academy contractors and partners are prohibited from working one-on-one with youth in a private setting.  Academy contractors and partners will use common areas when working with individual youth.

 

Academy contractors and partners shall not abuse youth in anyway including the following:

Physical abuse: hitting, spanking, shaking, slapping, unnecessary restraints

Verbal abuse: degrade, threaten, cursing, bullying

Sexual abuse: inappropriate touch, exposing oneself, sexually oriented conversations

Mental abuse: shaming, humiliation, cruelty

Hazing

Bullying

Games of truth or dare

 

Academy contractors and partners will report concerns or complaints to their Academy principal contact immediately, any other Academy supervisor or the Human Resources department as soon as possible after the incident.  Supervisors will refer all complaints to a Human Resources representative.

 

Any type of abuse of youth will not be tolerated.  California Academy of Sciences will fully cooperate with authorities if allegations of abuse are made and investigated.  Academy contractor and/or partner understands that any violation of this Code of Conduct may result in termination of any Agreement entered into with the Academy.