Student Code of Conduct
We strive each day to develop the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment with a vision that EVERY child should have the opportunity to have their voice heard. We work to teach our Ten Characters both on and off the stage and to deliver the very best possible learning experience. To make that possible and in order for them to participate in our programs, we require the adoption and adherence by our students to this Student Code of Conduct and the agreement of our Students to abide by these terms, and our Student participants and their parents or legal guardians understand and agree that:
We expect high standards and for our Students to portray at all times in our facilities, on our stages and beyond the very best of our Ten Characters which are:
- Teamwork: Be a team player. Everyone has an important role to play, and every role, large and small, is critical to the team’s success.
- Leadership: Be a role model for others on and off the stage and lead others to do and be better.
- Responsibility: Be accountable for your actions, for delivering on your commitments, and be willing to admit it when things go badly.
- Respect: Show respect for others and their gifts. Respect for teachers, parents, and one another, and celebrate our differences.
- Self-Confidence: Believe in yourself and your abilities and communicate like a winner. Know you have a gift to share.
- Integrity: Be honest, trustworthy, trust and be trusted, and demonstrate strong moral principles.
- Discipline: Stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish, and show obedience to those trying to instruct and guide.
- Gratitude: Give thanks and appreciation through words, actions and thought for the many gifts we have been given.
- Positive Attitude: Be positive about a wonderful future and pass along to others your bright outlook.
- Love one another: Show kindness and patience and be inclusive and accepting of others and build lasting relationships.
Respect for Others
Our Students will respect the rights, privileges and feelings of other students, directors, staff and volunteers and demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not. Fighting, bullying, cyberbullying, name calling, intimidation, bigotry of any kind, inappropriate language or any other form of emotional or physical abuse, public disparagement, or unwanted contact directed at one another, Directors, Staff or Volunteers will not be tolerated on our stages, within our theatres or through electronic media.
Our Students are expected to demonstrate respectful and supportive communication that helps foster a positive environment for all. All participants in the NTPA community should refrain from speaking to each other in any way that could be construed as harsh, coercive, threatening, intimidating, shaming, derogatory, demeaning, or humiliating.
Any observations of such actions should immediately be reported to the Theatre Managing Director or through the NTPA See Something/Say Something Process defined below.
NTPA cannot be expected to resolve or become a party to individual or personal conflicts between individual students or parents/guardians. NTPA staff may make themselves available to support conflict resolution but cannot be held responsible or take an active role in private disputes. NTPA cannot be expected to maintain or punish students for conduct in non-NTPA activities or events.
Maintain a Professional Focus
Our students are expected to pay attention to and follow the guidance of Directors so that they can maximize their theatre experience. Disruptive, distracting or problematic behavior that affects this learning environment for others would be inconsistent with our Ten Characters and cannot be tolerated.
Cell phones and other electronics may not impede the attention or focus of the NTPA activity, and Directors may require students to turn them off.
No student may prevent a director or instructor from teaching or peers from learning.
Our students are expected to maintain a professional focus and positive attitude and may not disparage, criticize, or demean NTPA, its staff or volunteers in any NTPA activity, public forum or any online electronic communication, or digital or other public medium.
Always Be On Time
Our participants show up to rehearsals, classes and shows on-time, prepared, and ready to work – with all necessary props, costumes, notes, scripts and water bottle.
Leaving and Dismissal Policy
Students will not leave NTPA premises during any activity unless excused by the Director or their designee. Students may not leave NTPA premises without their parent, nor go to the parking lot or their cars during short rehearsal breaks.
Respect Our Theatres
Participants will respect the theatre facilities, costumes, props, sets, and all other NTPA property including the property of other participants. They will pick up after themselves, participate in group clean-up activity, and work to keep the theatre and classrooms clean. Destruction of personal or NTPA property, theft of personal or NTPA property and unauthorized use of NTPA facilities or property is strictly prohibited.
Public Displays of Affection
Students should respect personal space and use discretion in expressing their relationships in public. Our participants may not engage in excessive or inappropriate physical contact.
NTPA Dress Code
NTPA has adopted a dress code which outlines the following guidance for acceptable dress except where otherwise guided by the Director for a show’s costume or for specific program activity (dance classes, choreography calls, etc) or as determined by the Managing Director or as delegated to the Director in a manner consistent with respect to community standards. NTPA’s dress code includes good grooming and hygiene, prevents disruption, minimizes safety hazards, and maintains a positive learning environment. Students and parents are asked to ensure that appropriateness and neatness of dress are maintained; and may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Dresses, skirts, and skorts must extend beyond the fingertips when standing with arms down.
- Shorts must fall no less than palm length.
- Shirts, shorts and pants (including shorts and pants with rips and holes) must cover all under garments at all times whether in standing, reaching, stooping or sitting position.
- Chest, midriff and bottom should be covered at all times with material that is not see-through.
- Tanks tops with straps less than “two fingers”, tube tops, halter type blouses or mesh shirts will not be permitted.
- Tops should cover midriffs without tugging or pulling.
- Bralettes and sports bras are considered underwear and should be worn underneath a shirt
- Attire will be free of images or language that is vulgar, offensive, lewd, indecent; images or language that promote violence, incite criminal activity, contain extortion or threats, include hate speech, or promote illegal use of drugs or alcohol, or other inappropriate content.
- Clothing, accessories and body art may not depict material or cause substantial interference with or disruption of theatre activities or the rights of others.
All students are expected to meet community standards and policies with regard to health, cleanliness and appearance. Students are expected to wear “underpinnings” (undergarments to cover underwear and to maintain privacy) at all times while in costume for rehearsals and performances.
Serious Student Offenses
NTPA strives to ensure that all of its Students and employees are free from bullying, discrimination, and various forms of harassment. NTPA prohibits these behaviors, and all allegations are to be taken very seriously by students, staff, volunteers, and parents/guardians. NTPA will make every effort to handle and respond to every charge and complaint filed by students and employees in a fair, thorough, and just manner. Every effort will be made to protect the due process rights of all victims and all alleged perpetrators.
The North Texas Performing Arts Management Team will report crimes as required by law and contact local law enforcement when it is suspected that a crime has been committed on NTPA property.
The following offenses are deemed serious enough that a student involved may be suspended or dismissed from North Texas Performing Arts:
Bullying and Harassment Policy
All students, employees and volunteers are entitled to an environment in which they feel safe, secure, comfortable, and free from unlawful harassment. NTPA will not tolerate physical, emotional, verbal, nonverbal or any type bullying or harassment of a student, employee or volunteer at any time.
Bullying and harassment include behaviors including a single significant act or pattern of acts by one or more students which intimidate, embarrass, coerce, or harm, often involving a perceived imbalance of power, and may include behaviors or communications that take place in-person and/or through electronic devices. Harassment may include targeting others based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or any other perceived or assumed characteristics. Comments, written materials, drawings, and gestures that may be taken as suggestive, explicit, or demeaning are forms of harassment. Threats of violence or physical harm, social exclusion, false accusations, rumors, and pressure to participate in illicit activities may also be considered harassment. Unwanted physical advances or requests for sexual favors are unacceptable and prohibited.
Stating that words or actions were meant jokingly does not relieve a student from violating this policy or dismiss them from disciplinary consideration. Harassment and bullying are defined by the victim’s experience, not by the perpetrator’s intentions. Repetition of an unwanted behavior over time that creates a hostile environment may in itself constitute harassment.
Cyberbullying means bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, and text messaging, as social media application, an internet website, or any other internet-based communication tool.
Respectful, supportive, and positive social media interaction is expected and encouraged. Our participants will not engage in social media or other communications that are of a critical, negative or bullying nature of fellow cast members, NTPA or its Directors or volunteers, and may not post or share video or audio content that violates NTPA licensing rights.
Posting content to social media that substantially disrupts the conduct of classes, rehearsals, performances or other NTPA activities is prohibited.
Students may not use the internet or other electronic communications to threaten or harass other students, employees, board members, or volunteers, including off NTPA property. Students may not send, post, deliver, or possess electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the NTPA’s environment or infringes on the rights of another student.
Use of the internet or other electronic communication to engage in or encourage illegal behavior or threaten NTPA safety is strictly prohibited.
Gender Based Harassment
Gender-based Harassment includes physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on the student’s gender, the student’s expression of characteristics perceived as stereotypical for the student’s gender, or the student’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.
Gender-based harassment is strictly prohibited at NTPA.
Sexual Harassment is harassment including unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive environment.
NTPA Students may not engage in conduct that constitutes sexual impropriety, harassment or sexual abuse, whether by word, gesture, or any other conduct, directed toward another person, including another student, employee, or volunteer. Creating, soliciting, or distributing pornographic images is strictly prohibited.
NTPA Students are prohibited from causing an individual to act through the use of or threat of force (coercion). Sexual impropriety or sexual harassment is strictly prohibited at NTPA.
Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or on any other basis prohibited by law, is never allowed. At NTPA all people are treated fairly regardless of gender identification, sex/sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.
Drugs and Alcohol Policy
Because of the overwhelming evidence indicating the health risks of substance use, NTPA firmly opposes students using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, including all e-cigarette and vapor inhalant products. Students are urged to avoid the use of these substances at all times.
NTPA students are not permitted to be under the influence, consume or have in their possession within 300 Feet of NTPA premises or at NTPA sanctioned events illegal drugs (including paraphernalia), alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause impairment of the physical or mental faculties. Tobacco products, including e-cigarettes; and any component, part, or accessory for an e-cigarette device are prohibited.
Prohibited items listed above may be employed as props in an NTPA production upon express approval of the Managing Director.
Disciplinary action will result for selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony.
Threats to Safety Policy
Jeopardizing the safety or well-being of a member of the NTPA community will not be tolerated.
NTPA students are not permitted to handle dangerous Items. Students may never carry or wield any potentially dangerous weapons, tools or equipment while on NTPA premises without proper permission. Possession or use of firearms, knives, or other dangerous weapons is prohibited. Students may not create a fire hazard or tamper with fire or other safety equipment.
Any student who makes threatening statements about their intent to bring a weapon to NTPA or to harm others may be suspended or expelled. Engaging in oral or written exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, employee, volunteer or NTPA property is prohibited.
Making false threats or perpetrating hoaxes regarding NTPA facility safety will not be tolerated.
Students are expected to treat each other, NTPA employees, parents, volunteers and guests with respect. Full cooperation is expected from students and parents in any disciplinary matter.
Three Strike Rule
Students breaking any of the code of conduct rules may be subject to the following disciplinary actions:
- First Violation: The student will be given a verbal warning by the Director;
- Second Violation: The student will be given a verbal warning, dismissed temporarily from participation and the parent notified by the Managing Director.
- Third Violation: The student may be dismissed permanently from the activity or depending on the severity of the offense as determined solely by NTPA, banned from continued participation in NTPA programs.
NTPA may dismiss a Student from a show or activity and all NTPA privileges revoked without completing the Three Strike Rule process. For severe or repeated infractions or continued inability or unwillingness to conform to this Code of Conduct, NTPA may prohibit a student, parent or family from participating in future NTPA activities in any capacity for a probationary period or permanently as determined by a vote of the majority of the Governing Board of Directors or its Disciplinary Committee.
Disciplinary Communication to Parents
NTPA will contact parents regarding disciplinary infractions as deemed appropriate by management. Minor infractions and consequences may be communicated via email or expressed verbally to the student. More serious offenses may warrant phone calls or in-person meetings with students and parents. Parents will only be informed of disciplinary consequences assigned to their own children.
To the greatest extent possible, the NTPA Management Team shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation and comply with applicable law.
Reporting Code of Conduct Violations
NTPA students and families are encouraged to participate in and promote NTPA’s “See Something/Say Something” program:
Any student who believes that he or she has observed or has experienced improper or inappropriate or prohibited behaviors or witnesses conduct in violation of this policy, should report these immediately to an instructor, Director, Managing Director or report through NTPA’s See Something/Say Something Program via confidential phonemail at 469-498-2003, via email at BESAFE@ntpa.org or confidentially online at ntpa.org/contact-us. A student or parent/guardian who has a complaint alleging prohibited conduct may request a conference with a member of the NTPA Management Team or report via the BeSafe communication processes above.
Retaliation, intimidation or pressure by a student or employee against a person who is a witness or participates in an investigation of alleged bullying, discrimination or harassment is prohibited. A person who makes a false claim or offers false statements or refuses to cooperate with an investigation may be subject to appropriate discipline.
Examples of retaliation against a student may include threats (from another student or employee), ostracism, assault, or destruction of property. Retaliation does not include petty slights and annoyances from other students or adults.
The NTPA Management Team, as appropriate, shall report crimes as required by law and shall call local law enforcement when they suspect that a crime has been committed at any NTPA facility.
Acknowledgement and Agreement
I acknowledge that violation of the above could result in my termination from a show or activity and the revocation of all privileges with the North Texas Performing Arts and tuition paid may not be refunded.
I acknowledge that violation of the above could result in my termination from a show or activity and the revocation of all privileges with the North Texas Performing Arts and tuitions paid may not be refunded.