We at Bristol Improv recognise that, in terms of making our society more inclusive and supportive, there is always more that can be done. We want our society to be the best that it can be, and for every single one of our members to feel happy, included, and safe.
As such, we have created an Equality Statement to enshrine the values that we believe the society strives to represent. This statement will be applicable at all official Bristol Improv events, which includes workshops, shows, society-run socials, and more.
Our commitments as a society are:
– To lead by example. In particular, the committee will, as far as is humanly possible, be a paragon of acceptance and love, making every effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every member.
– The committee will also make the appropriate contact information available to every member of the society, so that they can be the first port of call with any concerns or points of interest.
– A zero-tolerance policy towards the harassment/mistreatment of, or insensitive jokes about, those with protected characteristics*.
– To support and defend any victims of behaviour which breaches the policy. Within this support, Bristol Improv will also refer any victims to the appropriate authorities, such as the Students’ Union.
– To take appropriate action against offenders. Such action might include warnings, referral to the Students’ Union, or removal from Facebook groups and workshops.
– To resolve any issues in the most peaceful manner possible.
– Bristol Improv will never make the final judgement in serious cases – this authority will be deferred to the Students’ Union.
– To constantly be on the look-out for things which can be improved or changed to make the society more inclusive or accessible to members.
We know that we can continue to develop and improve this brilliant society, and ensure its existence as a fun, experimental, safe space for generations to come.
*Protected characteristics are defined as the grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful. The characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sex or sexual orientation.