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CODE OF CONDUCT

AAPA has developed a harmonious community environment which promotes positive interaction between staff and students. AAPA aims to nurture responsible and well- mannered creatives who can be positive ambassadors for the organisation and its values, and also successful and active members of the entertainment industry, post training. The Code of Conduct Policy has been developed to provide a framework to support these aims. It outlines expectations regarding conduct from both students and trainers. It enables knowledge and understanding of expectations for all parties, and also forms a framework to cater for any disciplinary action of students for breaches of the code.

 

STUDENT OBLIGATIONS

Students are expected to:

  • complete all assignments and allocated work

  • attend their classes prepared and on time

  • behave in a manner which does not interfere with the learning rights of others

  • seek help or guidance with any difficulties they may be experiencing by talking to the teaching staff

  • treat students and teachers with courtesy and sensitivity

  • be respectful of the diverse social, cultural and special learning needs of other students

  • respect cultural, ethnic and religious differences

  • value and acknowledge the contributions made by others

  • promote an environment that is accepting of and tolerant of diversity, and is free from intimidation, threat, humiliation and harassment

  • refrain from conduct that could assault or harm another person

  • refrain from conduct that could cause psychological damage to another person

  • refrain from sexual conduct with a fellow student or teacher

  • refrain from harassing behavior including sexual harassment

  • refrain from unlawfully discriminating against any person

 

Students must attend all classes and be engaged in the learning. There will be NO sitting out of classes. If you are in the building there is a clear expectation that you will engage in all the learning opportunities presented to you.

 

TEACHER OBLIGATIONS

Teachers and staff are expected to:

  • engage students in their learning

  • work to achieve high level outcomes for all students

  • exercise reasonable care and skill

  • treat students and colleagues with courtesy and sensitivity

  • take account of the diverse social, cultural and special learning needs of students

  • act against any form of harassment or unlawful discrimination 

  • respect cultural, ethnic and religious differences

  • value and acknowledge the contributions made by others

  • promote an environment that is accepting of and tolerant of diversity, and is free from intimidation, threat, humiliation and harassment

  • provide constructive feedback to students that is considered and helpful

  • report any reasonable suspicion of harm caused to students

  • support students who have been harmed

  • refrain from conduct that could assault or harm a student

  • refrain from conduct that could cause psychological damage to a student

  • refrain from sexual conduct with a student

  • refrain from harassing behaviour including sexual harassment

  • refrain from unlawfully discriminating against any person

 

STUDENT DATING & RELATIONSHIPS

In order to avoid situations in which external conduct could negatively impact the learning environment, students are discouraged from dating or having a close personal or sexual relationship with one another.

 

Students who engage in close personal or sexual relationships with each other are required to disclose such relationships in writing to the Dean of Academy as the relationship arises. Failure to do so is a serious breach of the Code of Conduct and will be dealt so accordingly. 

 

COMMITMENT AND DISCIPLINE

AAPA training focusses on developing student commitment and discipline, as this is key to your success in the entertainment industry.

 

As a means of cultivating these skills, we will issue a WARNING each time a student shows lack of commitment or discipline as outlined in the Code of Conduct. If a student receives three WARNINGS, a meeting will be called with senior management where the student will have the opportunity to explain why they should be permitted to stay in the course and their enrolment may be terminated.

 

Just as it is in the professional world, we do not tolerate lateness, unexplained absences, bad attitudes or laziness.

 

ATTENDANCE/PUNCTUALITY

Attendance at all classes is mandatory. AAPA expects students to arrive on time at the start of the day and for every class to ensure maximum learning outcomes are achieved for each individual. If a student is late to any lesson without reasonable excuse, the student will be issued with a WARNING. The student may also be asked to leave the lesson and will not have the opportunity to catch up on missed work.

 

Any unavoidable absences on training days must be approved in advance and only reasonable requests will be granted. All other activities and commitments (where possible) must be scheduled outside of Full-time Training Course hours including, but not limited to, work commitments, auditions, medical/dental appointments and holidays.

 

Please do not attend classes if you are unwell. A medical certificate will be required if you are absent due to illness. Students are permitted a maximum of 3 days absence without a Certificate. Absence that constitutes 9 days or more with or without a certificate is excessive and will mean the student may not be eligible to graduate from the Course due to the amount of work missed.

 

If you are unable to attend due to illness or need to advise of an unavoidable absence, please email info@ausapa.com at least one day in advance of the absence

 

HARASSMENT/BULLYING

AAPA is a safe place to learn and to grow as. AAPA believes that the learning environment should be comfortable for all staff and students and free from any form of harassment. Harassment may take many forms including:

 

Racial harassment—unfairly disadvantages people based on negative attitudes about cultural backgrounds and physical characteristics

 

Sexual harassment—verbal or physical acts which refer to a person's sexuality or gender in an offensive or degrading manner

 

Verbal harassment—can overlap with any of the other forms of harassment, but also includes offensive language, slander, offensive notes or graffiti or telephone messages, SMS, email or messages on blogs or on social networking websites about others.

 

Harassment will not be tolerated at AAPA, and the organisation will deal with all incidents of harassment that are reported. AAPA will provide support for anyone who feels that they are being harassed and will try to resolve the issue with both parties.

 

SUBSTANCE POLICY

Students are not permitted to deal or consume illegal drugs on the premises. Students are not permitted to be affected by illegal drugs during class, rehearsals or prior to or during a performance.

 

Smoking is prohibited at the Hayward Street Theatre.

 

Students are not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages while present in the building. This includes any breaks that may occur during the day. Students are not permitted to be affected by alcohol during class, rehearsals or prior to or during a performance.

 

Alcoholic beverages can be consumed at special events throughout the year upon the express organisation and permission of the AAPA team management. Age limits apply.

 

FAILURE TO OBSERVE AAPA'S ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND SMOKING POLICY SHALL CONSTITUTE MISCONDUCT AND WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Students must adhere to our rules of confidentiality.

 

Confidential information may include, but is not limited to, the following: trade secrets, proprietary information, customer information, customer lists, methods, plans, documents, data, drawings, manuals, notebooks, reports, models, inventions, formulas, processes, software, information systems, contracts, negotiations, strategic planning, proposals, business alliances and training materials.

 

In connection with being enrolled at AAPA you agree to the following rules of Confidentiality:

That you have read and understand the above definition of “confidential information”

That you will not at any time, both during and after your enrolment at AAPA, communicate or disclose confidential information to any person, corporation, or entity in any way or form

You recognise and agree that while an AAPA Student, you may become aware of non-public information of a personal nature about employees or associates, including, without limitation, actions, omissions, statements, or personally identifiable medical, family, financial, social, behavioural, or other personal or private information

You will not disclose any such information that you learn as an AAPA Student to any other person or entity, unless required by applicable law or legal process.

 

PRIVACY

Administrative operations related to the teaching activities at AAPA require the collection, use and retention of personal information about individual staff and students, prospective students and alumni.

 

AAPA generally collects personal information held about an individual, by way of forms filled out (either printed or online), face to face meetings, telephone calls and emails. In some

circumstances AAPA may be provided with information about a student from a third party e.g. a report from a medical professional particularly in regard to the wellness component of the Program.

 

AAPA will use personal information it collects for the primary purpose of that collection and for any other purpose to which a student has consented.

 

There may be occasions in which it is necessary to disclose your personal information to third parties. AAPA may be required to do this by law, or it may be necessary to provide a service you have requested. Staff and teachers are all required to respect the confidentiality of students' personal information and the privacy of individuals.

COMPANY & COMMUNITY STANDARDS

The Australian Academy for Performing Artists (as an arm of AVT LIVE Entertainment Group Ltd) is committed to the safety and well-being of all those who use our services. Our workers will treat all participants with respect and understanding at all times and listen to their concerns. Participants will treat all Employees with respect and understanding at all times. To ensure the safety of all involved, the following standards for trainer and participant interactions. CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPANY & COMMUNITY STANDARDS.

 

COMMUNITY & COMMUNICATIONS

Because community matters to us, the ways in which we communicate matter too. We communicate with our participants both in person and via email or via the discussion pages on the company website. While we have a presence on social media, we do not view social media as an appropriate platform for personal communication with our participants. Our only endorsed methods of communication are in person or over the phone, via email or via the discussion pages on the company website. We do not endorse the creation of chat groups on social media or external platforms for the discussion of matters pertaining to our company or our community, and members of our community engaging in such chat groups is considered a breach of our company and community standards.