Merri Creek Running Club

Code of Conduct

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for members within Merri Creek Running Club, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behaviour. We are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and inspiring club for all and expect our code of conduct to be honoured. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be banned from the club.

Our club strives to:

This code is not exhaustive or complete. It serves to distill our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment, and goals. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter.

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a club for all. Although we may not be able to satisfy everyone, we all agree that everyone is equal. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honour diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and running ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including members with disabilities.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour — or have any other concern — please report it by contacting us via All reports will be handled with discretion. In your report please include:

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. A representative will then review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. If an individual engages in unacceptable behaviour, the representative may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a permanent ban from our club without warning.


This code of conduct is based on the Open Code of Conduct from the TODOGroup.

We are thankful for their work and all the communities who have paved the way with codes of conduct.