Code of Conduct
Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America (MOCA) and its affiliated clubs (collectively MOSAIC) are committed to
providing participants in Mosaic events with a safe and enjoyable environment. MOCA expects all participants to
act as adults in a responsible and ethical matter. Rather than try to define every possible detail and
circumstance, the purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide a general statement and guidelines. MOCA relies
on the good judgment of MOCAIC's representatives, event leaders, and the MOCA Board to provide guidance
and appropriate action in specific instances.
- MOCA expects all participants to treat others with respect and courtesy. This includes other participants,
leaders, event staff, camp staff and outside service providers. Participants in Mosaic events and activities
should be cooperative, polite and act safely. Participants should display a positive attitude and have
respect for the enjoyment of others.
- Participants are expected to dress appropriately for the activity in which they are participating and to
bring suitable gear and supplies, including food and drink where appropriate. Participants should listen to
and follow the instructions of guides or instructors when provided. Participants should be aware of their
physical strength and ability and only select activities that they can do safely.
- Participants should not harass, intimidate, or participate in unsafe or inappropriate behavior. Prohibited
behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Sexual Harassment: Unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal
or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
- Intimidation: Physical or verbal conduct that causes a person to reasonably fear for his/her safety or
the safety of others.
- Defamation: A communication that is intended to harm a personal reputation or to hold a person up to
ridicule, scorn or contempt.
- Derogatory Language: The use of slurs or derogatory language regarding race, ethnicity, gender,
national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Threats: Physical or verbal conduct that creates a reasonable expectation of bodily harm to themselves
or others, or damage to the property of another.
- Act of Violence: A physical act, whether or not it causes actual bodily harm to another person or
damage to the property of another.
- Illegal Drugs: The use or possession of illegal drugs or other substances at Mosaic events and
- Fraud: Any fraud or illegal activity in the conduct of Mosaic business, or the embezzlement or
misdirection of Mosaic funds or other assets for non-Mosaic use.
- Intoxication: Visible signs of intoxication due to alcohol or other substances, which, in the opinion
of any leader or leaders present, poses a risk to him/herself or any other participant.
- Smoking: Smoking is prohibited during MOCA events except as specifically allowed by the written rules
of such event or as permitted by the leadership of the event. Smoking shall only be permitted in the
areas specified and any debris, including, but not limited to matches and cigarette butts shall be
properly disposed of in a proper receptacle.
- Participants are expected to follow the direction of Mosaic leadership, including the leaders of individual
events and activities. Participants shall not interfere with leaders in the conduct of their duties and
responsibilities, require unreasonable supervision, monitoring and/or care.
- Proselytizing shall not be permitted during Mosaic events. MOCA expects all participants to respect
others' beliefs and religions.
- Participants are expected to obey all applicable laws and to respect private and public property.
- When possible, participants should use environmentally sound practices to minimize our effect on the
outdoors. These practices include: staying on trails; not littering; proper sanitation, etc.
- Violation of this Code of Conduct may result in appropriate action, including, but not limited to removal
from the activity, expulsion from the event and suspension from future MOCA activities. Practical violators
of this policy will be given warnings of their violations. However, a warning is not required before
appropriate action being taken.
- In cases of violations, the following procedure should be used to determine appropriate action:
- Violations of this Code of Conduct should be reported to the event leadership, or a member of the MOCA
Board as soon as practical.
- For minor violations, the person to whom the violation is reported may talk to the accused and give that
person a verbal warning. Any such minor incidents should be reported in writing to the MOCA disciplinary
committee and/or Board of Directors.
- Where appropriate for serious violations, a resolution committee should be convened at the earliest
practical opportunity, preferably at the event at which the problem occurred. The resolution committee should
be constituted of at least 2 people with a committee of 3 people preferred. In constituting the resolution
committee preference should be given to the following people in order of preference:
- The leader(s) of the event
- Members of the MOCA disciplinary committee
- MOCA board members
- Former MOCA board members
- The resolution committee should make every attempt to meet in person. However, if this is not possible, a
meeting held via teleconference is permissible.
- The person(s) accused of violation of the code of conduct should be invited to the resolution committee to
explain their actions and respond to any questions the resolution committee may have. In addition, the
resolution committee may hear from other persons involved in or witnessing the incident.
- The outcome of the resolution committee should be communicated to the accused and a summary of the meeting
and the outcome of the meeting will be sent to the MOCA board within 7 days of the meeting. Where necessary,
such as removal of the person from an event in progress, the decision will be implemented by the resolution
committee as soon as practical.
- All decisions will be made at the discretion of the resolution committee.
- In cases where the decision of the resolution committee is not accepted by the accused, an appeal by the
accused may be made in writing to the MOCA board. In this case, the MOCA board shall make a final decision of
the outcome at the next scheduled Board Meeting. The accused shall be notified in writing of the decision
rendered by the MOCA Board. Unless the MOCA Board shall specifically decide otherwise, the decision of the
resolution committee shall continue to be implemented until a final decision of the MOCA Board has been
- The President of the Home Club of the person who has been proven to be in violation of this code
will be notified in writing within 30 days.
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acknowledge that I have been informed that any activity or event advertised, organized, promoted, sponsored or
conducted by Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America, its international, national and state umbrella organizations, as
well as all local chapters, groups and clubs, its assigns, licensees, legal representatives and their
respective officers, directors, members and agents (collectively MOSAIC) may be hazardous, and may involve
inherent risks to both person and property, including personal injury, loss, damage, or death.
Further, I understand and acknowledge that MOCA members and officers are lay volunteers, and do not have any
special knowledge, training or skill in planning, scheduling, conducting or supervising MOCA activity's or
the transportation incidental to MOCA activities. MOCA contracts with individuals or organizations that are
independent contractors (not employees or agents of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America) to conduct some of the
activity's participants may engage in or to supply services, lodging and food to participants. Although
MOCA has made efforts to locate responsible contractors, it does not supervise or control these contractors and
is not responsible for their conduct. Participant acknowledges that they may independently investigate and
assess these organizations and activities, if they choose to do so.
WITH FULL UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE OF RISKS AND HAZARDS INHERENT IN THE PARTICIPATION IN SUCH ACTIVITIES, I
HEREBY AGREE TO ASSUME THE RISKS OF INJURY THAT ARE A NATURAL PART OF MY PARTICIPATION IN MOCA ACTIVITIES AND I
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OR ANY CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND, IN TORT OR IN CONTRACT, WHICH MAY ARISE DURING MY PARTICIPATION IN OR MY
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RELEASE OF LIABILITY FOR ANY NEGLIGENT ACTS AND/OR OMISSIONS OF MOCA that cause me personal injury, death or
other damage. I understand that a negligent act is an action that an ordinarily prudent person would not take
under the same or similar circumstances, and a negligent omission is the failure to do an act that a person of
ordinary prudence would do under the same or similar circumstances.
I agree to be solely responsible for my own safety while participating in MOCA activities. I will not sign up
for or participate in MOCA activities for which I do not have the knowledge, skill, equipment and physical
condition for safe participation.
MOCA is for (Singles and Couples) of all status. MOCA is not a forum for persons to proselytize the Jewish
Community. Any person breaking any of the rules or bylaws of MOCA, including, but not limited to proselytizing
to MOCA attendees or members at an event, may be sent home at their own expense and attendance will be revoked
for that person to participate in any future MOCA events.
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hereby give consent and permission for MOCA staff, volunteers, representatives, or contractors to provide
medical care to me, to transport me to a medical facility or to seek the aid of emergency medical services as
deemed appropriate. I further authorize MOCA staff, volunteers, representatives, or contractors to render
whatever treatment they consider necessary for my health, and I agree to pay all costs associated with that
care and transportation.
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