Secular Humanist Society of East Texas

Live for today, labor for tomorrow, long for knowledge, love for humanity”

Code of Conduct


  1. Purpose

The Secular Humanist Society of East Texas (SHSET) is an organization devoted to community service and education that seeks to create a safe and welcoming environment for freethinkers to celebrate the human experience in a positive way. We are thankful for all who contribute to and participate in events sponsored by the SHSET. This Code of Conduct is intended to promote ethical conduct and define the expectations for participation in order to foster the healthy administration of our organization. The Secular Humanist Society of East Texas welcomes all who embrace our Core Values, and abide by this Code of Conduct.


  1. Core Values

At the Secular Humanist Society of East Texas we value the importance of secularism, service, education, equality, and positivity:


Secularism – “We believe that the best way to protect freedom of thought is to keep religion separate from government.”

Service – “We believe that the best way to change the world we live in is by meeting the needs of others who may not capable of helping themselves.”

Education – “We believe that the best way to achieve progress is through science, skepticism and rational thinking both in this generation and the next.”

Equality – “We believe in the fair and equal treatment of all humans regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.”

Positivity – “We believe that the best way to change minds is by creating a positive environment for dialogue and discussion.”


  1. Scope

This policy applies to all members of the Secular Humanist Society of East Texas including organizers who facilitate events and officers who oversee the organizations administration. The policty also applies to anyone else who may attend any SHSET sponsored meetings or events.


  1. Rules and Expectations

    1. Harassment

The SHSET strives for ethical conduct where all people are treated with kindness and compassion. To protect the organization and promote a positive experience for all, the SHSET prohibits harassment including, but not limited to, physical violent behavior, sexual harassment, name-calling, abusive language, targeted profanity or joking, and bullying of any kind.

    1. Discrimination

The SHSET seeks to create a welcoming environment where diversity is valued. As a result, SHSET prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, body size, appearance, disability, age, pregnancy, or religion.

    1. Disruptive behavior

It is important to the SHSET that participants feel safe and welcome at all SHSET sponsored meetings and events. Any generally disruptive behavior that causes concern, discomfort, or mental anguish to participants, or distracts the organization from its activities will not be tolerated. This includes misuse or mistreatment of SHSET property or the property of any venue hosting SHSET events.

    1. Illegal activity

The SHSET abides by all local, state, and federal laws and reserves the right to notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities of any potential violations of law.

    1. Other prohibited activity

The Board of Directors reserves the right to prohibit any other behavior it deems inappropriate or disruptive.


  1. Reporting Violations

If you have observed any violations of the Code of Conduct, even if prohibited conduct is not directed at you, please notify an officer of the SHSET immediately. Additionally the concern may be emailed to the SHSET at


  1. Determination of Rules Violations

Determination of a rules violation will be at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors. At events when an SHSET officer is not present, the organizers/hosts have authority to enforce this policy.


  1. Adjudication

In the event of a policy violation, the following actions may be taken depending on the frequency and severity of the violation:

1. Warn the participant

2. Dismiss the participant from the event

3. Exclude the participant from future SHSET sponsored events


Violators will be appropriately notified. In order to ensure the safety of the SHSET events, law enforcement will be notified of violators who do not comply with adjudication and cause disruption to organization events.