Rules and Regulations

Portland Ballet and Portland School of Ballet is committed to enriching our community through dance performance and education. All members of Portland School of Ballet’s community, including dancers, students, faculty, staff, and families are responsible for preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of PSB’s mission and programs. As with any community, rules and regulations are necessary to maintain order, protect the rights of the individuals and the institution, and assure a healthy atmosphere for education and personal growth. PSB also exists in a larger society, and therefore, local and federal laws will also be upheld. While PSB Directors and representatives do not view their roles as law enforcement officers, they may inform the appropriate authorities if they learn of or observe violations of PSB policies.

We expect each student and / or guardian to read, understand, and uphold the standards of conduct outlined in this and other official PSB communications to students, in order to vigorously protect the rights of others.

Applicability

The policies in this section apply to all students enrolled in Portland School of Ballet and their parents / guardians. PSB includes owned and sponsored events or performances held outside of PSB studios. In addition, PSB strives to be a good neighbor and recognizes the importance of maintaining amicable relations with local residents and businesses. Therefore, students / parents should be aware that the jurisdiction of PSB extends beyond the physical boundaries of the School. Activities that harm the reputation of Portland School of Ballet, cause problems for members of the greater community, or suggest that an individual may pose a threat to others will result in action.

Respect for Individuals

As mutual respect is essential for an artistic and educational institution to thrive, Portland School of Ballet expects that students and their families conduct themselves in a manner that respects each and every member of the community.

Harassment

It is the policy of the Portland School of Ballet to promote a learning work environment that is free of all forms of harassment. Harassment on the basis on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status undermines the basic principles of community. I t is not acceptable behavior at the school and will not be tolerated.

Improper Personal Conduct

Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Physical assault, which encompasses any action where physical contact is made resulting in harm or with the intent to cause harm.
  • Verbal abuse, threats, and/or intimidation;
  • Stalking, harassment, coercion and/or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are forms of sex discrimination and are violations of the Portland School of Ballet. PSB views with the utmost seriousness offenses against an individual such as inappropriate sexual touching, sexual assault and any other form of non-consensual sexual activity.

Respect for Community

The Portland School of Ballet requires that all students conduct themselves with respect for the rights of others required of an artistic and educational institution. Upholding the reputation of the School within the community is essential in maintaining the artistic and educational reputation of the institution, which is vital in preserving the standing of the Portland School of Ballet within the local, national, and global community.

Disruptive Conduct

Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Disruption or obstruction of teaching, practice, rehearsal or performance, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other School-sponsored activities, events or performances;
  • Failure to comply with the direction of School officials, including directors, faculty and other staff acting in the performance of their duties.

Social Media

The overarching policy of the Portland School of Ballet is to exercise freedom of speech with responsibility. In response to concerns or complaints or Information provided by individuals, School administrators may look up profiles on social networking sites and may use the information in informal or formal proceedings. Moreover, the School has no control over how other employers, organizations, or individuals may use information they find on social networking websites.

Fire Safety

Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in any behavior that creates a fire hazard and/or inhibit or impede another person who is responding to a fire hazard;
  • Unauthorized use of candles or open flames in the PSB facilities;
  • Tampering with, misusing or damaging fire or safety equipment, such as fire alarms, heat sensors, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers or hoses;
  • Blocking or otherwise preventing the use of a fire exit, including hallways, windows, doors and stairwells;
  • Failing to immediately exit any School facility or building when a fire alarm has been activated, or hindering or impairing the orderly evacuation of any School building or facility.

Smoke/Tobacco

The Portland School of Ballet is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable, productive environment for students, faculty and staff. Recognizing the health risks of smokers and the hazards associated with involuntary smoking, the School has adopted a smoke-free facility. The smoke-free policy applies to all PSB facilities, owned or leased. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of all exits to ensure that environmental tobacco smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or any other means. Smoking is also prohibited in all PSB’s leased or rented transportation vehicles, including buses, vans, and shuttles. Funding, donations, giveaways and other remuneration for PSB events and activities by the manufacturers, distributors or sellers of tobacco and tobacco products are prohibited.

Violations of Local, State, or Federal Law

A violation of any local, state, or federal civil or criminal law is a violation, even if the specific conduct prohibited by the law is not listed within the Rules and Regulations or the offense is not prosecuted in a court of law.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Portland School of Ballet seeks to maintain a healthy, safe and productive learning environment for students and all its members. PSB therefore, strongly encourages responsible decision-making regarding the use of legal drugs and prohibits the use of illegal drugs. PSB students, faculty and staff are responsible for observing and abiding by federal, commonwealth, city and PSB regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs while they are at the school or participating in School sponsored events or performances on tour.