Code of Ethics for Volunteers, Members, and Students
IntroductionThe Young Americans have spent 5 decades building a reputation of excellence. It is this reputation that allows us to be welcomed into communities, schools, and host family homes around the world. In order to maintain this reputation there are two basic rules all cast members of The Young Americans have been asked to follow:
The world today, however, is far more complex.
Below is the detailed code of ethics that all active cast members, volunteers, and students are held to. These are guidelines intended to help cast members make decisions that align with the two rules that have guided the organization from its beginning.
1) 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:
2) Members are responsible for maintaining a safe environment conducive to learning, performing, and teaching.
When representing The Young Americans members must refrain from:
3) As the apartments allocated are spread throughout the complex, each student lives among other families and working adults and as such their lifestyle choices represent The Young Americans organization. Any student who resides in or visits the apartment complex is agreeing to abide by the published student housing rules. Students, who feel they are unable to follow these rules, should NOT live in or visit student housing.
Any violation of the Housing Rules may result in eviction and/or supplemental sanctions.
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.
5) Members of The Young Americans will adhere to any and all laws applicable in whatever local, state, federal, or international venues where they are representing the organization.
The Young Americans reserve 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.
SANCTIONS: Any violation of the above the code of conduct will result in one of the following sanctions:
Note: Parents/guardians may be notified when students are found responsible for, but limited to, any drug and/or alcohol related violations.
Grievance Procedure: Procedures for addressing alleged ethical violations are covered in The Young Americans publications, including the College catalog.
The Dean of Students along with members of the Executive staff may choose to impose any of the corrective action guidelines detailed in section 4.2 of The Young Americans Policy and Procedure Handbook.
I understand I am a part of an organization 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 and agree to adhere to all of the policies stated above.
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Signed by Mike Krauss
Signed On: February 6, 2020
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