Sexual Harassment Policy Statement

Adopted by the Zen Center’s Board of Trustees May 14, 2022

The Third Precept of Buddhism is, “not to misuse sexuality, but to be caring and responsible.” As a religious institution, the Rochester Zen Center seeks to maintain an environment where bigotry and intolerance have no place and where any form of coercion and harassment that insults the dignity of others and impedes their religious practice and spiritual growth is not tolerated. Sexual harassment in any context is reprehensible, and is a matter of particular concern to a religious community in which students, staff, other practitioners, and teachers are related by strong bonds of spiritual interdependence and trust.

The Rochester Zen Center is committed to maintaining a place to practice and work that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. The Center has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment, and all employees are required to work in a manner that prevents sexual harassment in the workplace. This policy is one component of the Center’s commitment to a discrimination-free work environment.

Printable version of the Rochester Zen Center Sexual Harassment Policy

See also: Rochester Zen Center Procedure for Reporting Harassment or Abuse