All Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy (DEYA) students (including children’s chorus members) are expected to adhere to certain standards of behaviour while participating in DEYA programs and productions. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone participating as well as contribute to a positive and welcoming environment. All students must agree to and uphold the following policies and procedures during their time with DEYA.
DEYA values the safety of all participants during their time with DEYA. DEYA believes that:
- Everyone has a responsibility to promote a safe environment.
- Everyone should be aware of their rights as citizens and protect their rights and the rights of others.
- Every person involved with DEYA deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
- Everyone has a responsibility to resolve conflicts and issues in a way that is civil and respectful of others.
- Everyone should have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is welcoming to their abilities and needs.
For more information on equity and inclusivity at the Academy, please see our Academy Mission & Core Values.
Drayton Entertainment’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement can be found here.
Where this Code Applies
This code of conduct for students applies:
- On DEYA property.
- On transportation to and from DEYA activities that are supervised by DEYA.
- At all DEYA events and activities occurring elsewhere other than the main DEYA facility.
- In all other circumstances where student actions have an impact on DEYA students, DEYA staff, faculty, and families.
Standards of Behaviour
DEYA students must…
- Demonstrate honesty and integrity towards other students, faculty, and staff.
- Approach DEYA programs with an open mind and a willingness to participate.
- Treat others with dignity, respect, and understanding at all times, especially during disagreements.
- Respect and treat others fairly and without discrimination, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, or disability.
- Treat DEYA property and the property of others with care.
- Take steps to help those in need, including informing DEYA instructors and staff of any potential concerns.
- Seek help from DEYA faculty and staff if conflicts and issues arise.
- Use kind, mature, and respectful language towards others.
DEYA students uphold these standards when they…
- Arrive on-time to DEYA programs prepared to learn and be a team-player.
- Participate in DEYA activities with an open mind.
- Come prepared to DEYA programs with appropriate materials.
- Empower and encourage other students they interact with to reach their potential and explore new creative ventures.
- Welcome others into the theatre space, regardless of their level of experience.
- Listen to and show respect for all teachers, staff, parents, volunteers, and members of DEYA community that contribute to DEYA events, classes, rehearsals, and performances.
- Demonstrate respect, kindness, and understanding to other students.
DEYA students do not uphold these standards if they…
- Participate in bullying of any form (in-person, cyber, etc.) of any students, staff, or faculty. Instances of verbal or physical bullying are grounds for immediate removal from any DEYA program.
- Commit illegal or violent acts.
- Use any means to threaten, intimidate, or injure another person.
- Are in possession of or under the influence of any substances that inhibit reasoning and/or proper conduct.
- Communicate using hateful speech.
- Vandalize DEYA property and/or the property of others.
Violence, Harassment, and Discrimination
The Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is a subsidiary of Drayton Theatres Inc. As such, all workers, volunteers, visitors, parents and participants must abide by applicable Drayton Entertainment policies including, but not limited to, Drayton Entertainment’s Violence and Harassment Policies.
Drayton Entertainment’s Youth Academy is committed to building and maintaining a safe and respectful workplace and training environment. DEYA does not tolerate acts of discrimination, bullying, violence or any form of harassment against workers, volunteers, visitors, parents and participants. Should an individual or group report an act of discrimination, bullying, violence or harassment, management will take all reasonable steps to investigate the report and respond in a reasonable manner, per Drayton Entertainment’s Workplace Harassment and Violence policies.
Zero Bullying Policy
DEYA does not tolerate bullying of any form from its students. Students shall respect their teachers, substitute teachers, and assistants as well as their peers in and outside of rehearsals and performances. No gossip, obscene language, bullying, or inappropriate conversations by either parents or students will be tolerated. Students who engage in physical or verbal bullying or violence will be immediately expelled without refund.
If a student is being disruptive, they will receive a verbal warning. If the disruption reoccurs, the student will be sent home. If a student is sent home twice in the same term, they will be removed from the program.
Gender Identity and Expression
DEYA is committed to ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all students. As part of this commitment, we want to make sure students of all gender expressions and identities feel safe, welcomed, and accepted in our Academy. DEYA exists within a broader context of law and public policy that protects and defends human rights. The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) provides for equal rights and opportunities, and freedom from discrimination. People who are discriminated against or harassed because of their gender identity and/or gender expression are legally protected from discrimination under the Code.
DEYA has included pronoun identifiers as part of the registration process. This helps staff to respect the identity of our students. We ask others students to do so as well.
Reporting Unsafe Conduct and Conditions
Should a student ever find themselves in a position where they are faced with conduct that does not adhere to the standards that have been outlined, it is important that they report these occurrences to a trusted adult. These adults include DEYA staff and faculty as well as parents/guardians. All instances of misconduct will be dealt with accordingly by DEYA or other pertinent services, such as the Waterloo Regional Police Service or Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, if necessary.