ESC Rules of Conduct

The member is expected to, at all times while acting in an official capacity as an AmeriCorps member:

  • Demonstrate mutual respect towards others
  • Follow directions
  • Behave in professional and positive manner
  • Direct concerns, problems and suggestions to the appropriate program official
  • Report to the service site on time as scheduled and at the proper service site ready to start at the assigned time
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Not have a firearm or other weapon in his/her possession

At no time may the member:

  • Engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state or federal law
  • Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others; falsify reports or records including but not limited to:
  1. AmeriCorps application
  2. Personal records
  3. Expense accounts
  4. Service hour records
  5. Medical reports
  6. Agency records
  • Count, claim or receive any type of compensation other than what is provided by AmeriCorps for hours served in AmeriCorps activities. AmeriCorps members, while serving in any capacity for the program, CANNOT report AmeriCorps service hours to any other individual, group, organizations, businesses or other entities, other than AmeriCorps for his or her service hours. If the member is employed in addition to his or her AmeriCorps service, hours served in his or her job CANNOT be counted as AmeriCorps service hours. Any double claiming or “double dipping” is a violation of federal law and cause to be released immediately from the program and to become ineligible for an educational award. If a member has a question regarding whether something could be considered as “double dipping,” it is his or her responsibility to ask the AmeriCorps Program Director prior to proceeding.

The following acts also constitute a violation of the program’s rules of conduct:

  • Unauthorized tardiness
  • Unauthorized absences
  • Repeated use of inappropriate language (i.e. profanity) at a service site
  • Failure to wear appropriate clothing to service site
  • Removing property or records from service sites without authorization
  • Stealing or lying
  • Engaging in any activity that may physically or emotionally damage other members of the program or the community
  • Possessing, using, selling, or manufacturing any illegal drugs or controlled substances during the term of service
  • consuming alcoholic beverages during the performance of service hours
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the performance of service activities
  • Failure to disclose any previous criminal arrest of conviction before the term of service begins
  • Failure to notify the program of any criminal arrest or conviction that occurs during the term of service
  • Failure to follow the instruction of, or perform service requested by  the Site Supervisor or ESC Program Director
  • Failure to regularly check email
  • Failure to participate in any ESC team training, conference, or overnight retreat without prior approval of the ESC program director
  • Failure to adhere to the ESC, YMCA of DE, or service site dress code
  • Failure to follow requirements regarding facial hair (no beards or goatees)
  • Placing long-distance personal phone calls or making excessive personal phone calls (including those on a cell phone) during scheduled AmeriCorps service hours
  • Failure to turn off cell phone ringers during ESC trainings
  • Failure to follow ESC requirements related to outside work/school commitments
  • Possession of weapons of any type during service hours
  • Fighting or threatening violence while performing service hours
  • Violation of heath or safety rules
  • Sexual harassment of other members or individuals at member’s service site
  • Discrimination against fellow members, service site co-workers, or volunteers on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation, or religion
  • Misrepresenting hours of service or falsifying time and attendance records
  • Falsifying expense sheets
  • Disclosing confidential client, victim, or agency information
  • Failure to cooperate in any AmeriCorps or sponsoring agency’s investigation
  • Inefficiency, incompetency, or negligence in the performance of duties
  • Physical or mental incapacity for performing assigned duties if no reasonable accommodation can be made for the disabling condition
  • Refusal to accept a reasonable and proper assignment from an authorized supervisor
  • Undermining ESC team efforts or purposefully sabotaging team morale
  • Riding in or driving a 15-passenger van
  • Failure to turn in time and activity reports on time

*Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, you must immediately notify the Program Director if you are convicted under any criminal drug statue. Your participation in the program is conditioned upon compliance with the notice requirement and we will take action for violation of this.

The member understands that while charging time to the AmeriCorps Program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities associated with the AmeriCorps program or the Corporation, staff, and members may not engage in the following activities:

  • Attempting to influence legislation
  • Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes
  • Assisting, promoting or deterring union organizing
  • Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements
  • Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office
  • Participating in, or endorings, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials
  • Engaging in religious instruction; conducting worship services; providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship; constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship; maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship; or engaging in any form of religious proselytization
  • Providing a direct benefit to:
  1. A for-profit entity;
  2. A labor union;
  3. A partisan political organization; or
  4. An organization engaged in the religious activities described in the preceding sub-clause, unlesss Grant funds are not used to support the religious activities
  5. A non-profit entity that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of U.S. Code Title 26

Voter registration drives by AmeriCorps members is an unacceptable service activity. In addition, Corporation funds may not be used to conduct a voter registration drive.

Other activities as the Corporation determines will be prohibited, upon notice to the Grantee.

Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the above activities on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using Coporation funds. The AmeriCorps logo should not be worn while doing so.


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