BEHAVIOR POLICY

As of August 1, 2019. Subject to change. 

All members of the COYB community have a right to dance and work in a secure and caring environment.  They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment. The COYB Board has formed a Disciplinary Committee to investigate incidents of inappropriate behavior and take appropriate actions. Disciplinary Committee is defined as the Artistic Director, Board President, Production Manager(s).
 

COYB CORE BELIEFS ON BULLYING BEHAVIOR

  • Individuals have a right to learn free from intimidation and fear

  • The needs of the victim are paramount

  • COYB will not tolerate bullying behavior

  • Bullied individuals will be listened to

  • Reported incidents will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated by the Disciplinary Committee


DEFINITION OF BULLYING

Bullying is an act of aggression, causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort to someone.  It can take a number of forms: physical, verbal, making gestures, extortion and exclusion.  It is an abuse of power.   It can be planned and organized, or it may be unintentional.  It may be perpetrated by individuals or by groups of individuals.

 

FORMS OF BULLYING/ INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (NOT AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING):

  • Physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting at another individual

  • Interfering with another individual or staff property, by stealing, hiding or damaging it.

  • Using offensive names when addressing others

  • Teasing or spreading rumors about others or his/her family

  • Belittling another individual’s abilities and achievements

  • Writing offensive notes or graffiti about others

  • Excluding others from a group activity

  • Ridiculing another individual’s appearance, way of speaking or personal mannerisms

  • Misusing technology (internet, cell phone, social media) to hurt or humiliate another person

  • While bragging or expressing excitement over roles may not in itself constitute bullying, in the tense environment following auditions, dancers are cautioned to be sensitive to the feelings of those who may have unsuccessfully tried out for those same roles.

  • Class/rehearsal disturbances

  • Tardiness

  • Lying

  • Abusive language

  • Non-defiant failure to carry out directions

  • Rehearsal truancy/absenteeism

  • Use or possession of tobacco products in/around rehearsal or performance facilities

  • Disruptive dance studio behavior

  • Harassment

  • Vandalism

  • Verbal Fighting

  • Threats to others

  • Extortion

  • Possession, use or transfer of dangerous weapons

  • Assault/Battery

  • Possession, use and transfer of unauthorized substances, alcohol and drug paraphernalia


RESPONSIBILITIES DEFINED

Board Members, Chaperones, Volunteers:

  • We will foster in our participants self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others

  • Demonstrate by example the high standards of personal and social behavior we expect of our participants

  • Be alert to signs of distress and other possible indications of inappropriate behavior

  • Listen to children who have been bullied, take what they say seriously and act to support and protect them

  • Report suspected inappropriate behavior to the Artistic Director, members of the Production Team, Costume Manager, and/or designated teacher/chaperone

  • Follow up any complaint by a parent about inappropriate behavior and report back promptly

  • Deal with observed instances of inappropriate behavior promptly and effectively, in accordance with COYB disciplinary policies

  • Recognize that it is solely the responsibility of the Disciplinary Committee to intervene and take action

Participants:

  • Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying/inappropriate behavior, even at the risk of incurring temporary unpopularity

  • Try to help, unless it is unsafe to do so

  • Report suspected inappropriate behavior to the Artistic Director, members of the Production Team, Costume Manager, and/or designated teacher/chaperone

  • Not suffer in silence, but have the courage to speak out, to put an end to their own suffering and that of other potential targets

  • To create a supportive and caring environment

  • Recognize that it is solely the responsibility of the Disciplinary Committee to intervene and take action

Parents:

  • Watching for signs of distress or unusual behavior in their children, which might be evidence of bullying

  • Advising their children to report suspected inappropriate behavior to the Artistic Director, members of the Production Team, Costume Manager, and/or designated teacher/chaperone and explain the implications of allowing the behaviors to continue unchecked for themselves and for other participants

  • Advise their children not to retaliate

  • Being supportive towards their children and reassuring them that appropriate action will be taken by COYB

  • Informing COYB immediately of any suspected bullying, even if their children are not involved

  • Co-operating with the organization, even if their children are involved, to get to the truth of the matter

  • Parents should take immediate action to stop and prevent harm but must never reprimand or discipline other participants and inform the Artistic Director and members of the Production Team

  • Recognize that it is solely the responsibility of the Disciplinary Committee to intervene and take action


DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

  • Participant(s) is referred to the Disciplinary Committee for appropriate disciplinary action

  • Adequate notice shall be given to the participant and his/her parent/guardian of the accusations against him/her

  • Committee meets with all parties (including Parent/Guardian) involved and hears allegation(s) and permits individual(s) the opportunity of explaining his/her conduct, denying it or explaining any mitigating circumstances

  • After a thorough investigation, the Committee takes appropriate disciplinary action and notifies Parents/Guardian of action

  • If applicable, law enforcement officials may be contacted

  • Any change in casting and schedule is appealable to the Committee

  • Record of action and disciplinary action maintained by the Committee

DISCIPLINARY OPTIONS

(The hierarchy of disciplinary actions used is determined by the inappropriate behavior being investigated)

  • Verbal reprimand

  • Parent notification

  • Restricting activities

  • Withdrawal of privileges as determined by the Artistic Director

  • A change or modification to schedule, participant role and/or casting to be determined by the Artistic Director

  • Probationary period set

  • Restitution from loss, damage or stolen property

  • Removal from the production

  • Law enforcement notified