EpicQuest Secular Policy Statement
Families attending the Centre follow many different faiths and come from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.
On no account will the Centre permit any form of discrimination against, or harassment of, families on religious or cultural grounds. While we fully endorse the right of families to freedom of expression, we will not permit families at the Centre to make any unwelcome attempt to convert another person to a particular religious faith or ideological view.
As a way of ensuring equality of opportunity we maintain the Centre as a secular environment, i.e. we do not endorse any religion, faith or culture. This enables us to be as fair as possible in our treatment of all users.
We wish to encourage the promotion of integration, understanding and mutual respect for all families. However, this does not mean that we wish to promote a secular way of life. The Centre will seek to provide opportunities and facilities for those who wish to reflect on the relevance of their religious faith, practices and beliefs to their educational experience.
The Centre is a place of study and training. Our policies and rules are designed to create the best possible chances for all sectors of the community to study successfully. They are not intended to influence how you live your life outside Centre.
As a secular institution, the Centre does not have a designated prayer room. However, religious groups (or individuals) can normally book an appropriate room for a prayer session when required.
Freedom of Expression
The Centre will endeavour to ensure freedom of expression (religious, political or otherwise) for its users but only within the law and the Centre’s code of conduct on freedom of speech. Under the Centre’s code of conduct, freedom of expression is allowed to the extent that the views expressed and the manner of their expression:
· Occur in accordance with the regulations of the Centre
· Are not likely to be intimidating to other families, staff and members of the public.
· Are not likely to promote prejudice or discrimination against other beliefs, faiths, cultures, or any other category of person covered by the Centre’s policy statement on equality of opportunity.
· Are not likely to result in, or give rise to, provocation or harassment of any student, member of staff, or member of the public.
· Are not likely to constitute unwelcome attempts to convert any person to a particular religious faith or other ideological view.
· Are not likely to affect the normal practices of the Centre, the health, safety and welfare of those within it, or the secular ethos of the Centre.
It is important to recognise that this will on occasions result in the Centre preventing the expression of certain views within its environment because they are considered to breach the conditions set out above.