CODE OF CONDUCT

In order to meet the high standards of work ethic, professionalism, and performance required of all members, everyone must adhere to the rules and policies set forth by the organization.

ATTENDANCE

In order to maintain the highest level of performance excellence, we require full attendance participation to all rehearsals and performances. Any absence from a rehearsal must be approved by your guard’s director.

Absences must be pre-approved 60 days in advance. DCI or DCA auditions are not considered an excusable absence. If you’re planning to audition for DCI or DCA, please reach out and request that you submit a video audition. Fusion Winter Guard should be your top priority and missing any rehearsal is a huge detriment to the forward motion of the program.

If you are excused by the Director, it is your responsibility to find a stand-in for the date you are missing. This stand-in should have a strong guard background and be able to catch you up on what you missed. Failure to find a stand-in will result in your termination from the program.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL

The Fusion Winter Guard Administration will do everything in its power to keep the guard 100% drug-free. Drugs are not permitted or to be used at Fusion Winter Guard sanctioned performances, rehearsals, camps or functions. Alcohol is not permitted or to be used at any Fusion Winter Guard sanctioned performances, rehearsals, camps and functions by any member regardless of legal drinking age.

ATTITUDE

The attitude you bring and develop within the Fusion Winter Guard organization is very important. The staff will consider your attitude throughout the season. We are an organization of many, not a specific section or individual. We are all working hard and dedicating ourselves to a common goal and in order to achieve that, we must all have the same positive approach. There are many high-quality groups around the country for us to enjoy and respect. Once of the greatest experiences in
this activity is getting to know and watching them work as hard as we do. Learn from, and applaud their efforts and achievements.

The Fusion Winter Guard organization is a FAMILY and NOT just a business. As a member of the Fusion Winter Guard family, you are expected to support and encourage your fellow members. You will make friendships this season that will continue long into the future. Do not overreact to things you do not have any control over. Concern yourself with your own efforts. There are many memories waiting for you– don’t cheat yourself out of them. If your attitude becomes questionable, the first course of action will be a staff member or director will approach you about immediate improvement. If your attitude does not improve, then we will not wait for strike three – you will then be exited from the program. If you are terminated involuntarily based on your attitude, then you will not receive any reimbursement for dues that you’ve paid up to that point.

PROFESSIONALISM

The Fusion Winter Guard organization is a first-class organization and seeks to position itself as champions every season, both in and out of the competitive arena. All of its members are expected to act the part. As a representative of the guard, you will be expected to carry yourself in a professional manner during performances, rehearsals, or any other Fusion Winter Guard events. Smoking, inappropriate language, and behavior that shows disrespect for other guards is strongly discouraged, particularly while wearing apparel that identifies you as a Fusion Winter Guard member, and STRICTLY prohibited while in uniform. Acts of disrespect towards staff, administration, fellow members, fans, critics, or any other acts inconsistent with the Fusion Winter Guard organization will NOT be tolerated. Unprofessionalism is grounds for involuntary termination from the program.

SOCIAL MEDIA/INTERNET NETWORKING SERVICES

Actions on the internet are visible to any-and-all who search/stumble upon its content. While many like to express their excitement on social media/entertainment/news forum platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube, Reddit etc.), some also express their frustration/anger in hopes for a reaction. The Fusion Winter Guard organization does NOT tolerate membership participating in negative sharing/posting– even on private accounts (e.g. “Finsta’s”). If discovered, that member will be considered for termination from Fusion Winter Guard.

UNIFORM/EQUIPMENT

The physical embodiment of “Fusion Winter Guard Pride” is our uniform– both jacket and costume. The Fusion Winter Guard organization takes great pride in their performances; we also take great pride in our appearance. Once you are issued a uniform and/or any piece of equipment by the Fusion Winter Guard organization, the item becomes the member’s responsibility for the remainder of the season until your last performance with the guard at WGI World Championships of which then all equipment will be returned to the Fusion Winter Guard organization. The member must maintain uniform cleanliness and appearance. This includes washing, ironing, etc. Members with unacceptable uniform appearance may be forbidden from performing. If a problem with a uniform arises that the member is unable to take care of, ample notice must be given to appointed individuals (instructors) who may aid in the repair of the uniform. Guard equipment is very expensive– please take care of equipment issued to you. The appearance of the equipment and its state of repair are the responsibility of the member once they are issued the equipment. Failure to maintain equipment in a manner that reflects positively on Fusion Winter Guard may result in the forfeiture of the equipment.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The Fusion Winter Guard Administration is committed to the organization being free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated. This includes sexual harassment of members, staff or third parties by other members, staff, Board members or third parties.

Definitions

  1. “Fusion Winter Guard” includes facilities, premises and property in use by or under the control of Fusion Winter Guard, if the member or staff is at any event approved activity or function related to Fusion Winter Guard, Musical Arts Conference, Mid-Atlantic Indoor Association, or WGI where members are under the control of Fusion Winter Guard or where the staff member is engaged in Fusion Winter Guard business.
  2. “Third parties” include, but are not limited to, volunteers, parents/guardians, visitors, service contractors, or others engaged in Fusion Winter Guard business, such as employees of businesses or organizations participating in cooperative programs with Fusion Winter Guard, and others not directly subject to Fusion Winter Guard control at MAIN or WGI competitions or other events in which Fusion Winter Guard is involved.

 

Members whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to loss of privileges, and/or discipline, up to and including dismissal from Fusion Winter Guard. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.

Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the Director or Fusion Winter Guard administration. Fusion Winter Guard may also report individuals to law enforcement if necessary or required by law.

This policy includes off duty conduct that causes substantial disruption to Fusion Winter Guard and its activities.  Sexual harassment of members and staff shall include, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. The conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of demanding sexual favors in exchange for benefits;
  2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct or communication is used as the basis for decisions affecting a member or employment, including assignment of staff;
  3. The conduct or communication is so severe, persistent or pervasive it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a member’s performance or with staff’s ability to perform their job; or creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment. Relevant factors to be considered will include, but not be limited to, did the individual view the environment as hostile; was it reasonable to view the environment as hostile; the nature of the conduct; how often the conduct occurred and how long it continued; age and sex of the complainant; whether the alleged harasser was in a position of power over the member or staff member subjected to the harassment; number of individuals involved; age of the alleged harasser; where the harassment occurred; and other incidents of sexual harassment involving the same or other students or staff. Examples of sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, physical touching of a sexual nature, displaying or distributing of sexually explicit drawings, pictures and written materials, sexting, sexual gestures or obscene jokes, touching oneself sexually or talking about one’s sexuality in front of others or spreading rumors about or rating other members or others as to appearance, sexual activity or performance.

 

All complaints about behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. Any member or staff who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she is a victim of sexual harassment must immediately report their concerns to the Fusion Winter Guard Director, or a compliance officer, who has overall responsibility for all investigations. A member may also report concerns to any staff or member of the Administration, who will promptly notify the appropriate persons. The member, member’s parents/guardians or staff member who initiated the complaint shall be notified of the findings of the investigation and, if appropriate, that remedial action has been taken.

The initiation of a complaint in good faith about behavior that may violate this policy shall not adversely affect the member assignments or environment of a member complainant or any terms or conditions of employment or work environment of the staff complainant. There shall be no retaliation by Fusion Winter Guard against any person who, in good faith, reports, files a complaint or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry of sexual harassment.

It is the intent of the Board that appropriate corrective action will be taken by Fusion Winter Guard to stop the sexual harassment, prevent its recurrence and address negative consequences. Members in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and/or counseling, as appropriate. The age and maturity of the member(s) involved and other relevant factors will be considered in determining appropriate action. Staff in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal and/or additional sexual harassment awareness training, as appropriate. Other individuals whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the Director or Administration.

Additionally, Fusion Winter Guard may report individuals in violation of this policy to law enforcement officials. The Director shall ensure appropriate sexual harassment awareness training or information is provided to all staff, volunteers and members and that annually, the name(s) and position(s) of Fusion Winter Guard officials responsible for accepting and managing sexual harassment complaints, phone numbers, addresses or other necessary contact information is readily available. This policy as well as the complaint procedure will be made available to all members, parents/guardians of members and staff via reference in member and staff handbooks, as well as on Fusion Winter Guards website.