The Professional Softball Club, Inc. is the parent company of the ASBA, ASBA Futures, ASBA Shop, and ASBA Network.
When individuals involved in a consensual romantic or sexual relationship are in positions of unequal power, there is the potential for a conflict of interest, favoritism, and exploitation. In order to protect the integrity of the work environment, this policy outlines limitations on consensual romantic or sexual relationships between staff and players within The Professional Softball Club, Inc.
Reason for Policy/Purpose:
The purpose of the Policy on Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships is to ensure that The Professional Softball Club, Inc.’s work environment remains free from real or apparent conflicts of interest when individuals in positions of unequal power are involved in consensual romantic or sexual relationships. If you have any questions on the Consensual Amorous Relationships Policy, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
For the purpose of this policy, consensual romantic or sexual relationships means relationships of a romantic, dating, and/or sexual nature entered into with consent of both parties.
For the purpose of this policy, supervisory or evaluative authority is the power to control or influence another person’s employment, advancement, or participation, including but not limited to, hiring, work conditions, compensation, promotion, discipline, assignments, supervision, recommendations, financial support, or participation in extracurricular programs.
When individuals involved in a consensual romantic or sexual relationship are in positions of unequal power, these relationships may be less voluntary than the person with greater power perceives, or circumstances may change and conduct that was once welcome may become unwelcome. The fact that a relationship was initially consensual does not insulate the person with greater power from a claim of sexual harassment. Further, a party’s professional reputation may be damaged due to perceptions of favoritism or exploitation. Moreover, such relationships may lead to restricted opportunities, or a perception thereof, for others in the work or academic environment.
To protect the integrity of The Professional Softball Club, Inc.’s work environment, it is required that when a consensual romantic or sexual relationship exists or has existed between people in positions of unequal power, the person with the greater power must not hold any supervisory or evaluative authority over the other person in the relationship, except as provided below.
A special rule applies for coach-player relationships, see below.
If such a consensual relationship exists or develops, the person in the position of greater power must immediately report the relationship to his or her department chair members. It is the responsibility of both the person with the greater power in the relationship and the individual to whom the relationship is reported to ensure that the party with the greater power is removed from any supervisory or evaluative authority over the other party in the relationship. In extraordinary circumstances where removal of supervisory or evaluative authority is not practicable, the parties must work with the department chair to determine whether a written management plan can be developed to manage the conflict of interest. Failure to comply with the notification, removal, or management plan requirement is a violation of this policy.
Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships Between Players and Coaches:
Consensual romantic or sexual relationships between players and coaches, even absent any supervisory or evaluative authority, may lead to unanticipated conflicts of interest since a coach’s influence and power may extend beyond the team. There is always the possibility that the coach may unexpectedly be placed in a position of power over the player. Due to the institutional power differential in player-coach relationships, there is the inherent risk of coercion and the perception by others of exploitation.
When players are involved, the difference in institutional power and the inherent risk of coercion are so great that no coaching staff member shall enter into a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with a player, regardless of whether there is a supervisory or evaluative relationship between them. Should such a relationship begin, the department chair must be notified promptly so that arrangements for alternative supervision and removal of evaluative authority can be made. Failure to comply with the required notification, removal of evaluative authority or management plan is a violation of this Policy.
Consequences of Violations of this Policy:
Violation of the terms of this Policy will result in disciplinary action, which can include, but are not limited to, written warnings, loss of privileges, mandatory training or counseling, probation, suspension, demotion, exclusion, expulsion, and termination.