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Registration Policies

International Thespian Festival is to be held exclusively online. Some online sessions, workshops or meetings may contain breakout sessions, use of video, and chat capabilities. Unique password access/links will be given to each attendee to attend the virtual event. 

RULES AND REGULATIONS
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants shall abide by EdTA Code of Conduct, rules, and regulations.

PAYMENT POLICY
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants understand that full payment must be received in full before gaining access to the virtual event platform.  All payments must be received no later than June 15, 2021 to ensure access to the virtual event platform.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Due to the nature of this virtual event, all sales are final. Attendees will have access to session recordings for one month following the event. No cancellation refunds will be issued. 

DISCOUNT CODES POLICY
Use of a discount code is only valid at the time of the initial purchase/registration. Refunds will not be authorized for existing registrations where the special offer was received after the initial purchase. Limit one (1) special offer/discount code per registration. 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants declare that I hereby acknowledge that bullying of any attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, EdTA staff, service providers, and all others is strictly prohibited and should not be tolerated. Definition of Bullying is a pattern of aggressive, intentional, or deliberately hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly and over time. Bullying behaviors normally fall into three categories, physical, emotional and verbal, and may include, but are not limited to, intimidation, assault; extortion; verbal or written threats; teasing; name-calling; threatening looks, gestures or actions; rumors; false accusations; social isolation; and cyber-bullying. Detailed information can be found on the in our Code of Conduct.  

YOUTH ACTIVITY SAFETY POLICY
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants understand that EdTA has implemented Youth Activity Safety Guidelines to provide a safe environment for youths participating in online activities, clinics, and conferences. These policies and guidelines will help to protect participating youths from potential misconduct incidents and help provide a safe, educational, and enjoyable activity/program experience. Detailed information can be found on the EdTA website.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
All adult participants must acknowledge and understand that in connection with participation with Educational Theatre Association and International Thespian Festival (including any independent contract for services) or when deciding whether to modify or continue your ongoing involvement, EdTA may obtain a “consumer report” and/or an “investigative consumer report” on you from Trak-1, a consumer reporting agency, or from any third party, in strict compliance with both state and federal law. Background checks must be completed before gaining access to the virtual event platform.

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MARKETING RELEASE 
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants agree that registration and attendance at, or participation in, EdTA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in recordings, both live and on-demand, photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by EdTA and other third parties, including but not limited the venue and the host. Your virtual registration may include technology that monitors your activities throughout the meeting, such as session attendance and virtual booths visited.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RELEASE
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants hereby assign to EdTA all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in artwork, text, music, software, video, choreography and other types of work (“Works”) created by undersigned specifically for undersigned’s participation in the events or activities of Organizers. Undersigned waives all rights in such Works under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 and agrees to sign all further documents or instruments necessary to vest in EdTA all rights, title and interest in the aforementioned Works and intellectual property. The intellectual property rights hereby assigned to EdTA and waived by International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants do not include rights of International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants in works that pre-exist International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants’s participation in the events or activities of EdTA. 

RELEASE & INDEMNIFICATION
International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants release and agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), its programs, Chapter and other Group Affiliates, and all respective officers, employees, agents and representatives of the aforementioned entities (each an “Organizer” and collectively the “Organizers”) from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of actions, losses, liabilities, judgments, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) resulting from participating in International Thespian Festival. I shall give each Organizer prompt written notice of any claim or facts or circumstances that might give rise to any claim for indemnification.

EdTA VIRTUAL EVENTS CODE OF CONDUCT
EdTA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, EdTA staff, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Programs Code of Conduct. This Policy applies to all EdTA meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than EdTA but held in conjunction with EdTA events, on public or private platforms. EdTA has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, EdTA asks that you inform Brian Monk, Chief Operating Officer, at bmonk@schooltheatre.org.
  • Act well your part. EdTA events engage participants with a wide range of beliefs and ideas about the subjects they are discussing. We encourage an open dialogue but require that participants remain courteous and respectful at all times.
  • There are no small parts. Everyone is essential in an online event. Visit often, participate, and encourage others to do the same. You have answers that others are seeking, and they are just as capable of helping you.
  • Know your audience. This is an online event, used to connect students, teachers and people passionate about the arts. Just as you would in any educational environment, refrain from posting pictures or comments with inappropriate content.
  • YES and… This online event is meant to be a positive experience for anyone who chooses to participate. Feel free to post helpful and relevant advice or suggestions, but do not be abusive, profane, threatening, or offensive. Think before you post. Is it necessary? Is it kind? Is it true?
  • SHHHHH! The participants themselves do the best monitoring of an online event. If you see any inappropriate or offensive content, please notify events@schooltheatre.org. We do not discuss any user’s account with another user, so your report will remain anonymous, as will the actions we have taken.
  • All the world’s a stage. On the internet, you always have an audience. If you wouldn’t say it to your mother, your boss, or a child, don’t put it in our chat. Respect the privacy of others. The Educational Theatre Association is not responsible for any consequences you experience resulting from anything you have posted during this online event. Please refrain from using any information that would lead to exposing your personal identify (last name, email address, or other personal information).
  • Copyright. If it’s not yours, get permission before you post it, or cite the necessary sources.
Unacceptable behavior is defined as:
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, EdTA staff, service provider, or other meeting guest.
    • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, EdTA staff, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by EdTA throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any EdTA virtual event staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. EdTA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
EdTA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and EdTA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

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