To outline EPS procedures for the receipt, preliminary review, investigation, and adjudication of Complaints regarding Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) Certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers, KRI Teacher Trainers, participants in KRI Level One Teacher Training, and Sikh Dharma International (SDI) Ministers.
When EPS receives such a complaint via its Complaint Hotline (1-888-805-4888 – USA/Canada) or Complaint Webform the following procedures for the receipt, preliminary review, investigation, and adjudication of take place:
Adjudication – The process of making formal decisions regarding the truthfulness of the allegations in a Complaint and any consequences or discipline for the Respondent.
Complaint – A complaint or concern submitted to EPS via its Webform or Complaint Hotline.
Counter Complaint – A complaint submitted by a Respondent against a Reporter, after the Respondent has been notified of, or in response to, the original Complaint, typically about the same alleged incidents and general factual allegations.
Disciplinary Status Page – In the event a teacher or teacher trainer’s certification and/or ATA trainer’s license is suspended or revoked due to violations(s) of the KRI Code of Ethics or other reason, their name, status (Suspension or Revocation), and area of concern (violation type) are posted on the EPS website Disciplinary Status page. Public notice allows anyone to verify if a particular teacher is currently in a disciplinary process and restricted from teaching. The following statuses are not publicly posted: “Warning” (no restrictions) and “Probation” (where the teacher has fewer restrictions and is engaged in a rehabilitation/resolution/growth process).
Ethics – Ethics is our obligation to consider not only our own well-being, but also that of others, and human society as a whole.
Global Ethics Commission (GEC) – The diverse international body of Teachers and Ministers responsible for the adjudication of Complaints brought forward by EPS for its consideration.
Kundalini Yoga – Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
Minister – A Sikh Dharma International Minister.
Probation – A consequence, as determined by the GEC, where the Respondent is given a specified period, typically 2 years, during which they are supported in the process of introspection, self-improvement, and coming to terms with the harm caused. This may include requirements to complete certain projects, assignments, education, and/or counseling/therapy. Probation may include conditions and prohibitions including, but not limited to, restrictions from teaching Kundalini Yoga, participation in the Aquarian Trainer Academy, and participation in events. Probation Conditions and Requirements are determined by the GEC on a case-by-case basis.
Report – Term used in reference to a Complaint.
Reporter – The person who submitted the Complaint.
Respondent – A Subject of a Complaint who has been notified of the Complaint.
Restitution – Payment or some other form of compensation that is given to make up for loss, damage, or injury that has been caused. For instance, the Respondent may be required to reimburse a harmed party for costs of therapy related to the harm.
Revocation – A consequence, as determined by the GEC, where the Respondent is permanently prohibited from representing KRI, IKTYA, or 3HO in any matter and from teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Their status in the Aquarian Trainer Academy is permanently revoked.
Siri Singh Sahib Corporation (SSSC) – The nonprofit religious organization overseeing the various nonprofit and for-profit organizations of the 3HO/Sikh Dharma global community.
SSSC Legacy Organization – A nonprofit organization under the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation umbrella, including: Sikh Dharma International (SDI), Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), 3HO Foundation International (3HO), 3HO International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Association (IKYTA), 3HO Europe, Legacy of Yogi Bhajan Foundation (LYBF), SDEI-Miri Piri Academy, and SikhNet.
SSSC Office of Dharmic Counsel – Legal counsel for the SSSC and its offices, including EPS.
Status – A person’s professional status as a KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and/or teacher trainer licensed by the Aquarian Trainer Academy.
Subject of Complaint – The person(s) whom the Complaint is about.
Suspension – A consequence, as determined by the GEC, where the Respondent is given a minimum number of years during which they are prohibited from teaching Kundalini Yoga, Level 1, 2, or 3 training programs, teaching at KRI/3HO major events, and any participation in the Aquarian Trainer Academy. Other teaching restrictions may apply. The suspended teacher may be barred from attending major KRI/3HO events. Suspension terms may specify additional requirements necessary to attain reinstatement. Note: If Application for Reinstatement is approved, the Suspension is immediately followed with a Probation period.
Teacher – Any KRI-Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, KRI teacher trainer, or participant in KRI Level One Teacher Training.
Violation – A substantiated breach of the KRI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct or the Code of Ethics for SDI Ministers or SDI Minister Vows.
Warning – A consequence, as determined by EPS or the GEC, where the Respondent is informed about the Complaint and warned a future occurrence or Code violation would result in a more substantial consequence. A warning may include requirements such as education or an apology. The Respondent expresses understanding of the warning and agrees to any requirements.
Maintaining confidentiality is essential to building a culture where everyone can feel safe and comfortable coming forward with a Complaint or any concern. EPS handles all Complaints received with discretion and great respect for confidentiality.
Complaints are accepted via the Complaint Hotline and Complaint Webform, or when referred to EPS by an SSSC Legacy Organization.
Hotline Reports: Callers are provided a Report ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Reporters are asked to save this information to call back and receive messages from EPS and/or to submit additional information.
Webform Reports: Reporters are asked to set a password. After clicking “Submit,” a Report ID number and follow-up-by date are provided. If an email address was provided the Password and Report ID will be emailed to the Reporter. Otherwise, the Reporter must save their Password and Report ID to log back into the system and receive communications from EPS or to provide more information.
For all Complaints received per above, the following procedure takes place:
Notification of Complaint to Respondent:
For a Minister, EPS will provide the GEC’s recommendation to SDI. (See Procedures for Complaints Concerning SDI Ministers).
For a KRI certified Teacher, EPS and KRI will jointly communicate the Decision in writing to the Respondent. An EPS Appeal form will be included with Procedures for Complaints Concerning Sikh Dharma International Ministers in the letter.
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