Club Constitution & Code of Conduct

Please familiarise yourself with the full constitution which can be found here

All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of practice that the club has adopted.

The Club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to an appointed panel consisting of club members.

Members conduct on club-associated social media

Brighton Mitre are an inclusive, friendly and supportive club.

We are run by a volunteer band of elected officials and work with the members best interests and needs at heart. We are over 300 strong and have a vibrant, active, social media presence.  During lockdown we could not meet up or travel together to events and were not able to develop and grow bonds of friendship between us. In order for us to fairly represent all members, new and old it is important for us to create a place of support and safety for all members, on the road and online. We are not in the business of censoring free speech or telling people their opinions or views but we all have a responsibility to maintain an environment that is free from harassment and aggression.  

Taken from the Anti-Bullying Alliance website relating to the definition of ‘banter’

Banter is “the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks” 

Just because ‘banter’ does not constitute all the elements of bullying does not mean it is acceptable. 

Just because you think something is banter or a joke doesn’t mean other people will. 

People will not always feel confident to speak up if they are offended by something. They might even go along with it so as not to draw attention to themselves. 

Third parties might be offended, even if they’re not part of your conversation. 

We are not going to start censoring your conversations with each other but we will defend the club for everyone and protect all its environments for the safety and well-being of all. All communication between members, whether offline or online, should follow the principle of mutual respect and kindness. In the rare case of hurtful or malicious online comments by members, the member may be asked to remove such comments, or they may be removed by club admin.

The code shall apply to methods of club communication including but not limited to, website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, newsletter and email. Members should direct any complaints or raise any issues through official club channels rather than posting them on social networking sites. Members should not post malicious or fabricated comments on social networking sites about any member of the club or wider cycling community. 

Dealing with incidents of inappropriate use of social networking sites or inappropriate online comments

In the case of inappropriate use of the club’s social networking, or of inappropriate online comments by members which involve any aspect of the club community, the committee will contact the member asking them to remove such comments or they will remove them directly if possible.

The committee asks members to be aware that it is unlawful for statements to be written which expose an individual to hatred, ridicule or contempt, which cause an individual to be shunned or avoided, or which lower an individual’s standing in the estimation of other members of the club community. 

All members should familiarise themselves with the safeguarding policy and be aware of how to raise a safeguarding concern as per the ‘Safeguarding Policy & Reporting’ document found on the club website.