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Registration
& Conduct Policies

All students applying to enroll in classes at The Greenhouse will first have to agree to our code of conduct agreement, available online below, stating that they understand and agree to the following terms and conditions. Please review everything below before accepting these terms.

Registration Not Complete Until Paid:

Registration is not complete until the full payment is received by the registrar.

Registration is Non-Transferable:

Only students who have registered and paid will be allowed in the course.

All Sales Final:

Class payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. All sales are final.

Rescheduling or Cancelling Classes:

In the unlikely event that The Greenhouse needs to cancel or reschedule a class, students will be given as much notice as possible sent to the email they used at the time of their registration. If you do not hear from us, assume that classes will proceed as planned. For cancelled classes, a full refund will be provided.

In cases of inclement weather, The Greenhouse maintains operation as long as the subways are running. We encourage students to use public transportation whenever possible. Please allow for extra travel time if there is a storm or other situation that might cause delays.

The Greenhouse reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if they do not reach a minimum number of students. Fees incurred by student for travel/lodging etc will not be reimbursed by The Greenhouse. 

Students are granted a maximum of one excused absence per six week course. Further absences could constitute removal from a class and restrictions upon future registration. 

A student is considered tardy fifteen minutes into a class’s scheduled start time. Two tardies equal one excused absence. Four tardies could constitute removal from a class and restrictions upon future registration.  

Liability:

As a potential student, you must agree that you choose to voluntarily participate in a course with full knowledge that the activity may be hazardous to yourself and/or your property. You voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss, property damage or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained as a result of participating in the activity of classes. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Armory and The Greenhouse including its employees, members and volunteers for any loss, liability, damage or costs, including court costs and attorney fees, that may occur as a result of your participation in the activity. 


Current and Inactive Students: 

Current Students shall be defined as follows:

(I) An individual currently enrolled in any course offered by the The Greenhouse Program, including but not limited to the time of the first class through the final class or the graduation show (as applicable). 

or 

(II) An individual that has completed a class within the last three months.

A student shall be considered inactive three months and one day after the culmination of their course.

Requirements for Registration:

Students must be 18 years old to register. Students under 18 will require special accommodations (please see Accommodations below) including a permission form filled out by a parent or legal guardian. 

Students must be available to attend the entirety of the required dates of the class.

Students are expected to see at least one improv show during the duration of their course. This is only applicable for six week classes and failure to meet this requirement may impact our decision to place you in a future class or elective.

Students are expected to be on time with attendance and be ready to participate for the duration of the class.

Accommodation:

Students with alternative learning styles need to get written permission from the The Greenhouse if they wish to use PDAs, audio recording devices, or other forms of learning aids in class. Students who are approved to use such devices must agree to our specific terms of use. Any students that want to use special learning aids in class must contact The Greenhouse to arrange a meeting in-person. The Greenhouse reserves the right to request medical documentation to support your request. 

If you require any additional or alternative specific accommodations that might conflict with our standard policies or have any further questions or concerns, please contact The Greenhouse Academic Supervisor, Ian Herrin at thegreenhouseimprov@gmail.com or the Student Advocate, Ali Mierzejewski at studentadvocate.greenhouse@gmail.com. Accommodations must be approved before your enrollment.  

   

Statement of Purpose: 

The Greenhouse believes in every student's right to learn, communicate, and participate in the art of improv in an unbiased, safe, and free spirited setting free of misconduct, censorship, judgement, and discrimination. The Greenhouse is meant to be a space to explore the art of comedy through improv in a supportive environment without hostility or harassment. 

No student of the The Greenhouse program should ever be uncomfortable or excluded from an activity due to his/her/their race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, nationality, age, or disability. Nothing in this policy shall detract from freedom of expression. These topics can and are often encouraged to be explored for the purposes of creativity and individuality, but always at the top of one’s intelligence in a way that must never be hurtful, disrespectful, or derisive towards another person or group of people (regardless of intent).

The Greenhouse program is a private institution in which performing, taking classes, or participating in any other Armory activity is always at the sole discretion of The Armory and The Greenhouse.

The Greenhouse is within its rights to revoke, suspend and/or permanently ban anyone from participating in some or all Greenhouse related activities, with or without cause.

Current or prior permission to take classes, perform or enter any Armory or Greenhouse Affiliated location is not a promise or guarantee of future permission.

The reinstatement of any permission to participate in any theater or class related activity will be at the sole discretion of The Greenhouse.

Where harassment has found to have occurred by an employee, The Greenhouse would take disciplinary, educational, and/or other corrective action. This may include but is not limited to termination of employment.

Reports of harassment by non-employees of The Greenhouse, for example, students, regular performers, etc. may result in disciplinary, educational, or other corrective action. Just as with other forms of misconduct, harassment may result in expulsion from classes without refund and prohibition from future enrollment, revocation of team membership within The Armory program, the loss of ability to perform at The Armory or theater-related events, loss of internship without compensation for time spent or refund of tuition paid, revocation of ability to participate in any and/or all Greenhouse activities and prohibition of entry to Armory shows, classes, and/or events.

Misconduct:

Misconduct shall not be tolerated. The following list is not exhaustive, but attempts to provide some simple examples of misconduct to illustrate severity and the category the behavior falls into. 

Examples of Misconduct that can result in suspension or removal include the following:

(I) Negligent or purposeful behavior which would threaten or endanger the life or safety of another person

(II) Unauthorized possession of firearms, explosive devices, or other weapons in Armory or Greenhouse locations of operation

(III) Criminal conduct or acts of violence or making threats of violence toward anyone representing The Greenhouse and/or The Armory

(IV) Demonstration of a violent disposition through repeated actions, enacted or threatened whether on or off Armory and Greenhouse locations of operations

(V) The instigating or enacting of fighting, roughhousing, or damage to Greenhouse and Greenhouse Affiliate property, whether negligent or otherwise

(VI) Threatening, intimidating or coercing any faculty member, staff, employee, independent contractor, performer or student on or off of Greenhouse or Greenhouse affiliated premises

(VII) Destroying or involvement in damaging of property, or the property of fellow faculty, staff, employees, independent contractors, performers, students or visitors in any manner, whether negligent or otherwise

(VIII) Violating rules of security and safety, or failing to observe safety rules and practices, and/or tampering with safety equipment

(IX) Theft of Greenhouse property or the property of fellow faculty, staff, employees, independent contractors, performers or students, including the unauthorized possession/removal of property from the premises without prior permission from management, the unauthorized use of equipment and/or Greenhouse and Greenhouse Affiliated property for any reason

(X) Any faculty member using their position and authority for personal gain, be it financial, business, political or otherwise, including, without limitation requiring students to volunteer or participate on projects outside of the class environment as an overt or implied condition of their education

(XI) Being under the influence of alcohol or other forms of drugs while in a class, a class rehearsal, or during a class performance

(XII) Any form of retaliation for filing a complaint under this policy or for assisting or participating in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing in an unofficial capacity 

Student/Teacher Relations: 

Any romantic and/or sexual relationship between a student and teacher where he/she/they are currently instructing such student in a course is strictly prohibited. If a relationship between an instructor and a student exists prior to the student’s enrollment in a class, the student in an existing relationship with the instructor will be prevented from enrolling in said class with said instructor. 

Any instructor who engages in a physical relationship with a current student not enrolled in that instructor’s class must still disclose the relationship to the Academic Director at the earliest practicable time or may be subject to disciplinary action including termination. The Greenhouse also reserves the right, even if the instructor properly and promptly makes all required disclosures, to take disciplinary action at its discretion. The Greenhouse expects its instructors to demonstrate mature judgment, ethical and honest behavior, and to represent The Greenhouse as role models both in the classroom, on stage, and in social situations throughout the larger community.

Harassment: 

Harassment of any kind shall not be tolerated. General Harassment can be defined as follows:

(I) Verbal or physical conduct, including written, spoken or visual material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her/their race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, handicap, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, or that of his/her/their relatives, friends or associates, etc. 

(II) Creation of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment

(III) Adversely affecting an individual's employment, educational or performance opportunities

Harassment includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking. Harassment and sexual harassment may be subtle, manipulative, and can not always be fully made evident to an outside observer not directly involved.

Stalking: 

Stalking shall be defined as directed conduct aimed at a specific person that would cause said person to feel fear. Stalking involves repeated and continued harassment made against the expressed wishes of another individual, causing said individual emotional distress, including fear and apprehension. 

Stalking behaviors may include:

(I) Pursuing or following 

(II) Non-consensual communication or contact in any form including in person, by phone, by voice, text, social media or otherwise electronic messages, written or dictated letters 

(III) The sending of unwanted gifts of any kind 

(IV) Trespassing and/or property damage 

(V) Surveillance or other types of observation including invasion of online privacy, the forcible assertion of a ride share with another individual via a personal vehicle or other form of transport, etc. 

Sexual Harassment: 

Sexual Harassment shall be defined as follows:

(I) Applying pressure to obtain a date or otherwise romantic and/or intimate relationship 

(II) Unnecessary and/or unwelcome references to various parts of the body 

(III) Belittling remarks about a person's gender and/or sexual orientation including the use of stereotypes, obscene gestures of a sexually suggestive or gender-based nature, etc.

(IV) Unwelcome touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging, etc.

Sexual Assault:

Sexual assault is a more serious accusation than sexual harassment and shall be defined as follows:

(I) Any non-consensual, intentional physical contact of a sexual nature, including unwelcome physical contact with a person's genitals, buttocks, or breasts. 

(II) Use of physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation in a sexual manner or with sexual intent 

(III) Willingly ignoring the objections of another person to one’s advances

(IV Causing another's intoxication or impairment through the use of alcohol or other drugs 

(V) Taking advantage of another person's incapacitation, helplessness, or other inability to consent

Other Forms Of Harassment:

Harassment can take many forms, and is not necessarily sexual in nature. The following can also be considered harassment and therefore constitutes prohibited conduct:

(I) Offensive comments, jokes, innuendoes, and other derogatory statements that are directly or indirectly hurtful towards an individual. This could include downloading, copying, storing, creating, transmitting or distributing any pornographic, offensive, defamatory, obscene or discriminatory information

(II) Visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually-oriented material pointed towards an individual including posters, photography, cartoons, drawings, or gestures encompassing those sent by any physical and/or digital means including social media, email, and text

(III) Videotaping and/or photographing an individual without consent

(IV) Any conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment

(V) Retaliation for having reasonably and in good faith reported or threatened to report harassment


REPORTING INCIDENTS OF MISCONDUCT:

The Greenhouse encourages and supports reporting misconduct to our Student Advocate, Academic Director and/or Managing Directors so that The Greenhouse can properly address the allegations and take appropriate steps to prevent the conduct from escalating and/or to eliminate the harassing conduct. Timeliness when reporting these incidents is often crucial to the investigation, and thusly The Greenhouse would encourage swift reporting of misconduct whenever possible. 

All Greenhouse Faculty, Managers, and Staff are obligated to report and/or act on any report of alleged Misconduct. Greenhouse employees are encouraged to continually to assert to Greenhouse personnel, interns, performers and students that all forms of harassment and assault are expressly prohibited.

Reports should be specific and truthful. It is expected that the specific charges, details of the incident or incidents, names of the individuals involved, the names of any witnesses and any other evidence in support thereof shall be crucial to any investigation. 

In any case where there is a reasonable suspicion that criminal actions may have occurred or are occurring, in addition to the reporting process described herein, faculty, staff and employees of the the The Greenhouse program, including without limitation, Student Advocate staff and the Academic Director, may be obligated to report such actions to applicable law enforcement authority and to forward all applicable evidence to such law enforcement authority with respect to such actions.

Anonymous Complaints:

The Greenhouse cannot fully claim to investigate anonymous complaints. However, The Greenhouse will utilize best efforts to investigate all such claims. The Greenhouse encourages students to feel comfortable reporting misconduct even when done with anonymity. 

Third Party Reports:

The Greenhouse will make reasonable efforts to address all third-party complaints.

Timeframe:

The Greenhouse does not limit the timeframe for filing a report of Misconduct. Reports can be submitted at any time following an incident, although The Greenhouse’s ability to take any action may be limited by the status of the alleged respondent as a Current Student versus an Inactive Student. 

Complainant Request for Confidentiality/Privacy:

All complaints are handled in a discrete manner and maintained as confidential as possible during any investigation. The Greenhouse staff and faculty will not publicly discuss in open forums (including public spaces, social media and other forums) any complaint.

A complainant may make a request for confidentiality/privacy at any point. This type of request means that the complainant does not want his/her/their identity known to the respondent and witnesses. The Greenhouse will make all reasonable attempts to comply with a request for privacy or the withdrawal of a report.

Confidentiality/Privacy & Non-Retaliation Policy:

The Greenhouse prohibits any form of retaliation against any student, teacher or employee for filing a complaint under this policy or for assisting or participating in an investigation, proceeding or hearing. Anyone who files a complaint or cooperates in an investigation of a complaint under this policy will be protected from any retaliatory action as a result of filing such a complaint or cooperating in an investigation.

Investigation:

Student Advocates and/or the Academic Directors shall be responsible for investigating all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations of this Misconduct Policy. If the Academic Director is subject of the complaint, the Managing Director shall investigate in place of the Academic Director.

Following the receipt of a complaint, the respondent will be notified that a complaint has been filed and he/she/they will have the opportunity to submit a written statement within five calendar days, whenever possible. 

Policy Changes: 

The Greenhouse may revise these policies at its discretion without notice in order to best protect and serve the safety of students and staff.

Contact:

Students are always welcome to contact the school's administrators at thegreenhouseimprov@gmail.com