Summary of the Ethical Conduct Policy for Nitartha Institute

Nitartha Institute students, staff, and volunteers are expected to, and shall, treat each other with dignity and respect and abide by basic Buddhist principles of not harming others and following the Noble Eightfold Path.

Specifically, any form or harassment, sexual or otherwise, and any form of abuse, physical or verbal, has no place at the Institute and will not be tolerated. This applies to one and all.

In particular, all staff, faculty, and volunteers in positions of actual or apparent power, must be aware of the power dynamics involved in having a position of power and must not, for sexual gain or financial benefit, exploit the trust placed in them as leaders of the Nitartha Institute sangha. These individuals are expected to abide by the highest standard of ethical conduct and virtuous thoughts, speech, and action.

Any member of the Nitartha family who feels that she or he has been subject to abuse or harassment, or feels that they have witnessed same, is encouraged to report the violation of Nitartha’s ethical policy to either the administration or the Compassion Council, which has been specifically established to look into and resolve claims of abuse and harassment.

In summary:

  • Students, volunteers, staff, and faculty are expected to conduct themselves following the principles of a Buddhist practitioner to create and maintain a harmonious environment for the teachings of the Institute
  • Should a member of the community be accused of misconduct and harming others through speech or body, the instance is reported to the Compassion Council.
  • The Compassion Council will request the person accused of misconduct to meet with the Institute’s program of mediators to discuss the accusation. This might entail a meeting with other members of the community to resolve the issue through mediation.
  • For a serious incident of misconduct, or repeated instances of misconduct, the Compassion Council will make a recommendation to the Executive Council on actions to take, including being expelled from the program.

The full Nitartha Ethical Conduct Statement can be found at http://nitarthainstitute.org/ethics-policy/.