Code of Conduct

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and family-friendly environment for all. Individuals are asked to act appropriately and in accordance with the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs.

We expect individuals to act mature, behave responsibly and respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Code of Conduct lists expectations and prohibited actions. Such actions include, but are not limited to the examples below.

Some examples include:

  • Actions and language must be respectful and caring toward all members, staff, guests and vendors. Harassment, cursing, intimidating words, aggressive, offensive or threatening behavior is not permitted.
  • Appropriate attire must be worn at all times. This includes sneakers or other appropriate, closed-toe footwear and acceptable workout attire. Clothing must reflect the YMCA core values. Explicit language or inappropriate graphics are not allowed. Immodest or revealing attire is prohibited.
  • Interaction with fellow-members must be positive and appropriate for the YMCA family-friendly environment. Physical contact and/or conversation with another person in an angry manner, or engaging in sexual or suggestive activity with another person, is prohibited.
  • Use of cell phones or any electronic device to take pictures or record individuals without specific authorization and consent from the Y is not allowed.
  • Members are expected to respect all property of members and the YMCA. The YMCA cooperates fully with law enforcement in all theft and property damage investigations.
  • YMCA grounds, facilities and vehicles are free of illegal substances, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Carrying or concealing any weapons, or devices that may be used as weapons, is not permitted.
  • The YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted in or outside the YMCA.
  • Loitering is not permitted on YMCA property.
  • Use of social media networking websites must not be contrary to the YMCA mission or detrimental to the community.
  • All members, guests, program participants, vendors and staff must check in and present their YMCA card or appropriate identification to gain access upon each visit. Guests, program participants and vendors may be required to sign in at the Member Services desk.

In addition, the YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse or is or has been a registered sex offender. The YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants and guests.

As a member or guest, we encourage you to be responsible for your own personal comfort and safety. In the rare instance that someone’s behavior threatens you, or you observe threatening behavior, please report the behavior immediately to a YMCA director. We will investigate any reported incident. Suspension or termination of membership or program privileges may result if it the incident is determined to be a violation of the code of conduct.

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg reserves the right to change or add to these expectations at any time.