Participant Conduct Guidelines
The Delmarva Youth Movement is sponsored by the Atlantic Regional Training Institute.
All participants must adhere to the standards of conduct as outlined below.
1. Standards of Conduct
The Atlantic Regional Training Institute expects behavior and conduct demonstrating Bahá’í standards from each participant of its programs and projects. This involves modesty in language, clean-mindedness, chastity and purity in all relationships among the participants. Easy familiarity, physical contact of an intimate nature and being alone in rooms without adult supervision is not permitted. Clothing choices must be guided by the principles of modesty and chastity. Please do not wear anything that is suggestive or that reveals too much.
Participants are expected to actively engage in all activities for which they are scheduled. Arriving late and leaving early from expected program activities is discouraged. Parents are expected to notify the Delmarva Youth team of any expected absences.
3. Music, phones, electronics, and media
In order to maintain a spiritual environment throughout the program, we encourage participants to play music that is free of profanity, vulgarity and themes contrary to unity, equality, chastity and the uplifting of the human race. Phone and electronic use is prohibited during designated activity times, such as study, planning, and prayers.
4. Closed Campus
At all times, participants must remain within the area which has been designated in the schedule. Only upon receiving permission from the Local Coordinator or Supervisor can the participants go to other areas with adult supervision. During recreation, snack breaks, and all activities the participants must remain within the designated area for that activity. Friends, family members, or other individuals that are not registered with the Delmarva Youth program are not permitted to activity areas without permission from the Local Coordinator.
5. Order and Cleanliness
Behavior that would lead to any damage to the buildings, property, walls, etc. or physical and emotional pain must be avoided. For example, pranks and roughhousing are not acceptable and are a cause of immediate suspension or even release from the program. Participants must help keep their individual and group areas clean and tidy.
The following steps will be taken when actions, attitudes, and behavior violate the Participant Conduct Guidelines.
Step 1 – Verbal Warning: The participant will receive a verbal warning to correct his/her behavior.
Step 2 – Private Meeting: The participant will be called to meet with the Local Coordinator or delegated representative, to discuss his/her conduct and to be warned that if their behavior is not corrected, the next step may lead to suspension or even dismissal from the program.
Step 3 – Suspension or dismissal from the program: If under 18, the Local Coordinator will contact the parent of the participant in order to inform them of their child’s suspension or dismissal from the program.
The following behaviors may result in immediate suspension or dismissal from the program, as determined by the Local Coordinator:
Behavior that causes disunity.
Engaging in behavior or possessing items that can cause other participants spiritual or physical harm.
Easy familiarity or physical contact of an intimate nature between participants.
Being alone in rooms or areas without adult supervision during program activity times.
The use of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Leaving the program area without permission during program times.
The Atlantic Regional Training Institute reserves the right to dismiss a participant due to attitudes, behaviors, and actions that it deems harmful to the program or its participants.