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Rules & Regulations

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

 

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.

Anti-Bullying

International Thespian Festival participants and/or parents/legal guardians of minor participants declare that they 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.

Background Checks 

All adult participants must acknowledge and understand that in connection with participation in the 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 participants from Trak-1, a consumer reporting agency, or from any third party, in strict compliance with both state and federal law. This is not a credit check. Background checks must be completed before gaining access to the event and/or the virtual event platform.

Parental Consent

Parental/guardian consent is required for all minors attending ITF. Consent forms will be sent electronically to the parent/guardian email address provided during the registration process. Forms are due back to EdTA no later than June 10, 2022. Should consent forms not be submitted by this date, the student will not be able to attend ITF. A refund will be given minus a $400 administrative fee.

Vaccination Verification

All in-person attendees must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to arriving in Bloomington. EdTA is partnering with VaccineCheck, a HIPPA compliant platform, to upload the required documentation. Registered attendees will receive an invitation to this portal to verify vaccination status. Note: Admittance to ITF will be allowed ONLY with vaccination documentation. Participants unable or unwilling to receive a vaccination are encouraged to participate in the ITF 2022 online experience.

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 for 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 registration may include technology that monitors your activities throughout the meeting, such as session attendance and exhibit 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 attendees specifically for their participation in the events or activities of Organizers. Attendees waive all rights in such Works under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 and agree 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. Attendees shall give each Organizer prompt written notice of any claim or facts or circumstances that might give rise to any claim for indemnification.

EdTA Events Code of Conduct

EdTA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all event participants. All participants, including but not limited to attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, EdTA staff, service providers, and all others, are expected to abide by EdTA’s 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, in-person or online.

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, so that we can take the appropriate action.

 

  • 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 during an event. Engage, participate, and encourage others to do the same. 
  • Know your audience.
    This is an event that connects students, teachers, and people passionate about the arts. Just as you would in any educational environment, refrain from sharing inappropriate content. 
  • YES and…
    This event is meant to be a positive experience for anyone who chooses to participate. Think before you speak. Ask yourself: Is it necessary? Is it kind? Is it true? 
  • We take reports seriously.
    If you see any unacceptable behavior*, please notify events@schooltheatre.org. Your report will remain anonymous, as will the actions we have taken. 
  • All the world’s a stage.
    Whether an event is online or in-person, you always have an audience. Respect the privacy of others. The Educational Theatre Association is not responsible for any consequences you experience resulting from anything you have posted online during an event. Please refrain from using any information that would lead to exposing your personal identify (e.g., last name, email address, or other personal information). 
  • Respect copyright laws.
    If it’s not yours, get permission before you share, 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 event 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, and/or 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 event guest. 
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other activites organized by EdTA throughout the event. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any EdTA 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 screenshots of written Q&A or any chat room/mobile app activity that takes place during the event.

EdTA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the activity, event, or meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and EdTA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future online or in-person activity, event, or meeting. 

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