Code of Conduct & Social Media Policy

Please read through and complete the policy agreements below.

  • Code of Conduct Agreement

  • The Young Americans holds all of its members to four very basic codes of conduct:

    1. Members of The Young Americans will adhere to any and all laws applicable in whatever local, state, national, federal, or international venues where they are representing the organization.

      The Young Americans reserves the right to require students to submit to random drug screening and may prevent students from engaging in classes, performances, teaching workshops, or other YA activities if a test result is positive. This policy includes, but is not limited to, testing positive for marijuana, even with a medicinal prescription or when in states where marijuana use is legal.

      Tests can be given at any time with or without prior notice.

    2. While representing The Young Americans, each member is expected to carry him or herself in a way that upholds the reputation and mission of The Young Americans.

      Our Mission:
      The Young Americans is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education, and cultural interaction among student members and their audiences.

      While representing The Young Americans students must:
      1. Refrain from endorsing, promoting or condemning any political, religious, criminal, or controversial content or agendas.
      2. Refrain from soliciting personal business ventures.
      3. Adhere to The Young Americans Social Media policies.
      4. Refrain from the usage of alcohol on campus, in student housing, at performance venues, or during any Young Americans project.

    3. Members are responsible for maintaining a safe environment conducive to learning, performing, and teaching.  When representing The Young Americans members must refrain from:
      1. Bringing weapons (knives, firearms, or any other items classified as a weapon) onto campus or any Young Americans performance or teaching venue.
      2. Engaging in unprofessional or romantic relationships with faculty, staff, sponsored school employees, workshop participants, or members of host families.
    4. The Young Americans views all members who work with minors as child abuse reporters and as such have the duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the company manager, tour director, or the Dean of Students.

    Sanctions: Any violation of the above the code of conduct will result in one of the following sanctions:

    1. Formal warning – A notice in writing to the member that the member is violating or has violated organizational regulations and that any future violation(s) may result in more serious sanctions. Violating member can also be removed from any current projects, including outreach tours. Formal warnings have no time limit associated with them and will be kept in the member’s file.

    2. Seven days suspension YA activites – Separation of the member from The Young Americans for one week, after which, the member is eligible to return.  Violating member can also be removed from any current projects, including outreach tours. Conditions for return may be specified.  Enacting suspension requires review and approval of the Executive Director.

    3. Thirty days suspension and/or removal from housing – Separation of the member from The Young Americans for thirty days, after which the member is eligible to return. Immediate eviction from housing and member is no longer eligible for housing in the future.  Violating member can also be removed from any current projects, including outreach tours. Conditions for return may be specified.  Enacting suspension requires review and approval of both the College President and the Executive Director.

    4. Indefinite suspension of no less than of one year – Immediate surrender of all rights and privileges of membership in The Young Americans community and exclusion from the campus, from any Young Americans’ property and from all Young Americans functions. Student is also immediately and indefinitely suspended from and courses with The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts.  Conditions for return may be specified. Enacting suspension requires review and approval of both the College President and the Executive Director.

    5. Supplemental Sanctions – any of the following may be imposed in connection with the above:
      1. Work assignments
      2. Service to The Young Americans or community
      3. Fines, restitution for loss, damage, or injury
      4. Educational sanctions (e.g., written response to posed questions)
      5. Academic Sanctions (e.g., revocation of degrees, removal from classroom/courses)
      6. No trespassing order
      7. Loss of visitation rights to Young Americans provided housing

      Note: Parents/guardians may be notified when students are found responsible for, but limited to, any drug and/or alcohol related violations.
  • Social Media Policy

  • Social Media is any form of electronic communication which allows individuals to view, comment, or discuss content. Examples are: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, blogs, chat rooms, website chat spaces, etc. All guidelines and policies are meant to be fluid and flexible due to the constantly changing landscape of internet-based technologies.
    1. All members’ public social media activity must fit within The Young Americans' Mission Statement.
      1. Promote understanding and goodwill
      2. Be a positive influence on the world
      3. Promote positive cultural interaction
      4. Use common sense when posting and sharing content
    2. Members are not permitted to use social media for the purpose of:
      1. Endorsing any political, religious, criminal, or controversial content or agenda
      2. Soliciting Non-Young American business ventures
    3. All members must have all social media privacy settings set to keep any public individuals who will view the current member as a representative of The Young Americans from having access to all personal social media content.
    4. Any member who wishes to communicate with individuals who will view the current member as a representative of The Young Americans must create a Young Americans approved secondary account for any and all social media sites. Approved social media has a clear Young American distinction in the title and all content fits within the mission statement of The Young Americans.
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