Adopted by the Board of Directors on May 11, 2019. Reviewed and amended by the Board of Directors on May 30, 2020. This policy rescinds and replaces all former versions of the Artstrek Harassment and Discrimination Policy as of May 11, 2019.
- any unwanted, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or degrading treatment of a person, which interferes with a person’s employment, performance, or learning, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.
- any unfavourable and/or unwelcome treatment of a person based on gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, marital or parental status, economic status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other unlawful consideration.
- any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and/or other verbal or physical conduct or communication constituting sexual harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by provincial and federal laws;
- sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions;
- unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions;
- graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or overly personal conversation;
- suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, jokes, stories, drawings, pictures, cartoons, objects, or gestures;
- spreading sexual rumours;
- touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way;
- continued expression of sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome;
- engaging in implicit or explicit coercive sexual behaviour which is used to control, influence, or affect the educational opportunities and/or learning or professional environment of others.
- All program participants are informed of the policy prior to their arrival at a program/event. If participants are children, their parents/guardians are also informed. This information is communicated in program handbooks and online.
- All staff, contractors, and volunteers are informed of the policy prior to their arrival at a program/event. This information is most often communicated in an employment/working agreement.
- All agreements with contractors and/or staff members who will work directly with children will include the following clause: “By their signature, the Contractor confirms that they have never been charged with or convicted of sexual or physical assault or harassment. As a condition of employment, Theatre Alberta requires the Contractor to have a Police Information Check (or Criminal Records Check) and a Positions Working with Children/Vulnerable Sectors search completed at their local police or RCMP detachment.”
- When an oral or written complaint of harassment and/or discrimination and/or sexual harassment has been received from a participant, it will be reported to the participant’s parent/guardian if the participant is under 18 years of age and it will be referred to the Artstrek Director for appropriate follow up.
- Artstrek Supervisors are selected each year from participants who have attended Artstrek in the past, and therefore have personal experience with the program’s strict requirements. Selection is based on recommendations from the Administrative Director and Curriculum Director, who have had direct experience with these individuals.
- The Artstrek team is oriented during the program’s planning days on the details of this policy and expected and appropriate behaviour with students. Individual contractors are required to refer any concerns they may have regarding students to the Administrative and Curriculum Directors.
- At Artstrek, no physical contact outside of the classroom setting and supervised activities, or unwanted contact of any kind between parties, is allowed. Individuals who violate this policy are to be dismissed/sent home immediately.
- The Artstrek team is informed to watch for and report on any participants who appear homesick, isolated, and/or distressed. Supervisors also conduct an evening check with students to talk about the day, their experiences, and any concerns they may have.
- When it might be of a criminal nature;
- When Theatre Alberta deems it necessary to protect others against harassment or acts of violence;
- When fairness and the right to natural justice must be ensured as part of the procedures within this policy;
- As provided under applicable laws regarding occupational health and safety and/or child protection;
- When required by law or court order; and
- For the protection of Theatre Alberta’s interests.
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Download the form below to report an incident or concern related to, or violation of Theatre Alberta’s Healthy and Respectful Workplace Free of Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Reports can be submitted via email, mailed to the administration office, or made verbally to a Theatre Alberta team member.
Theatre Alberta will accept anonymous reports. Please note we will be unable to follow up with the complainant directly and that our ability to investigate may be limited. To submit an anonymous report please use the following online form.