Participant Protection Policy

Participant Protection Policy


Participant’s Protection Policy

I. Introduction

Aloha Performing Arts Company (APAC) desires to foster a performing arts community where people can work and learn with respect, dignity, and freedom from abuse. APAC will not tolerate harassment, discrimination or abuse of those, and by those, involved in their activities for and behalf of APAC.

II. Definitions

Abuse is a form of harassment. It includes: physical abuse (e.g. assault), emotional abuse (e.g. blackmail, repeated requests or demands), neglect (i.e. failure to provide the basic physical and emotional necessities of life), abuse of power (the harasser hold over the harassed*).

*People in positions of power need to be particularly wary and not exploit that power.

Abusive behavior includes: bullying and humiliation by others, insults directed at an individual or group, physical intimidation, practical jokes which cause embarrassment or which endanger the safety of others.

Harassment is any behavior by a person or organization which is offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening and directed at any person or group which refers to a particular characteristic of that person or group*. This can be implied, physical, verbal or non-verbal.

*Examples of harassment include: behavior that intimidates or humiliates, jokes or comments directed at a person (looks, age, body, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability), unwelcome remarks such as teasing and taunting, offensive e-mails/letters/notes, displayed offensive material, unwelcome sexual propositions).

Sexual harassment means an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, conduct (statements, behavior) where a reasonable person would be offended, intimidated or humiliated.

III. Statements of Policy

1. The abuse or harassment of people (particularly youth*), by others is not acceptable. APAC encourages all people to respect others and to behave in accordance with APAC’s Code of Conduct.

*Youth will refer to any person under the age of 21 years.

2. Discrimination against others is not acceptable. APAC encourages all people to respect others and think about their rights, dignity and well being in dealing with others.
3. The vilification of others is not acceptable.

4. All of APAC participants shall comply with state laws regarding smoking. In addition, participants under the age of 18 are prohibited from smoking during the time they are at any APAC event. Failure to comply with this policy may result in immediate dismissal by their director. Other sanctions may be applied by the board of directors.

IV. Code of Conduct

1. Treat all people fairly and with proper regard for their rights and obligations.

2. Treat all people with respect and dignity.

3. Act responsibly at all times.

4. Perform duties with professionalism, impartiality and integrity.

5. Act in a manner that will bear the closest public scrutiny.

6. Avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest.

7. Obey lawful direction of a person empowered to give such direction.

8. Be mindful of your language, tone of voice and body language. Address the problem not the person. Let people know that when they are difficult it is their behavior that is “not OK.” Maintain a “swear free” zone in all activities involving Youth participants.

9. Understand the possible consequences if you breach APAC’s Participant’s Protection Policy or Code of Conduct.

V. Complaints

Any person may make a complaint against a person, group or organization if they consider that person, group or organization has, or may have committed a breach of any part of this policy or code.

A complaint must be made to the Artistic director or any member of the APAC Board.

In cases where complaints occur, the APAC Board or designee shall make reasonable inquiries regarding the situation and advise the complainant of their option and/or ask the complainant how they wish to proceed and/or coordinate mediation or refer the matter to relevant authorities.

Complaints shall be handled promptly and all attempts will be made to maintain confidentiality to the greatest extent possible with the goal of protecting the complainant from harm or any type of retaliation.

VI. Penalties

Penalties shall be applied to persons, groups or organization found to be in breach of this policy. Specifically, if the APAC Board determines that a breach of this policy has occurred, they may impose one or more of the following penalties:

a) Direct the offender to attend counseling to address their conduct;

b) Terminate the role currently performed;

c) Direct that rights, privileges and benefits provided by APAC be suspended for a specific period of time;

d) Impose a warning;

e) Require payment of restitution, if any;

f) Any other penalties as appropriate.