Code of Conduct

 

In order to foster a safe and respectful environment for everyone at PHAME, students are asked to abide by the PHAME Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to participation in the classroom as well as on the PHAME campus, at all rehearsals, community events, performances associated with PHAME, and while on property related to these activities.

 
 

The Code of Conduct is focused around four expectations:

 

1.  Show Respect for Yourself and Others

2.  Participate to the Best of Your Ability

3.  Share the Space

4.  Refrain from Prohibited Activities

 
 
 

Here is a breakdown of what these expectations mean:

 

Expectation #1: Show Respect for Yourself and Others

 

Showing respect for yourself and others means doing your best to:

  • Be kind to others and to yourself.
  • Never bully anyone or spread rumors.
  • Listen to instructions from PHAME teachers and staff.
  • Be open to making mistakes and trying new things, and be kind to your classmates as they do the same.
  • Refrain from taking pictures or making video/audio recordings of other students or teachers without their permission.
  • Practice consensual touching. This means always asking permission before touching someone, and paying attention to—and respecting—their answer. It also means understanding and communicating your own personal boundaries.
  • Arrive to class on time and prepared to learn, and be ready to leave when your ride arrives.
 

Expectation #2: Participate to the Best of Your Ability

 

Participating to the best of your ability means doing your best to:

  • Attend classes and rehearsals regularly.
  • Arrive on time and ready to go for classes, rehearsals, and events.
  • Participate in class activities.
  • Listen for and follow instructions.
  • Show interest and remain attentive in classes and rehearsals.
  • Refrain from using your phone during class and rehearsals.
  • Ask questions when you don’t understand something or need more information.
 

Expectation #3: Share the Space

 

Sharing the space means doing your best to:

  • Always enter the church through the red double doors at the top of the accessible ramp along the 17th Ave side of the building. This is the front door of the church.
  • Arrive no earlier than PHAME’s scheduled opening time for the day.
  • Keep track of personal belongings and remember to take them with you at the end of the day.
  • Properly dispose of trash, gum, leftover food, water/soda bottles, and recyclable items in the Grace kitchen.
  • Leave all classrooms, restrooms, kitchen and common areas as clean, or cleaner, than you found them.
  • Assist staff with classroom cleanup, including helping to put away chairs and supplies.
  • Do not use, move, or throw away items found in classrooms or other common spaces that do not belong to you or to PHAME.
  • Consume food and drink only in spaces where they are allowed. Food or drink items (aside from water in a sealable container) are not allowed in the Sanctuary. Food and drink items can be enjoyed in the Student Lounge. While food and drink items are also allowed in the Parish Hall, it is best to avoid eating while in class, and all beverages should have lids.
  • Use quiet voices in the hallway when transitioning between classes, and when waiting in the Student Lounge while other classes are in session.
  • Keep a healthy classroom environment for all participants. This means staying home when you’re sick, practicing frequent hand-washing, and not wearing perfumes or colognes to class (some people are sensitive to the smell).
 

Expectation #4: Refrain from Prohibited Activities

 

PHAME participants are expected to refrain from the following prohibited activities:

  • Bringing a weapon or firearm to the PHAME campus.
  • Physically or verbally abusing, acting violently toward, or threatening violence toward other participants, teachers, staff, or community members.
  • Sexually harassing other participants, teachers, staff, or community members in person or on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Bullying or otherwise harassing other participants, teachers, staff, or community members in person or on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Making discriminatory comments toward other participants, teachers, staff, or community members in person or on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Using illegal drugs or alcohol on the PHAME campus or PHAME events (or arriving to PHAME or events under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol). While marijuana is legal for at-home use in the state of Oregon, recreational use (meaning using it for fun) is illegal on the PHAME campus.
  • Smoking cigarettes or "vaping" on the PHAME campus.
  • Stealing from other participants, teachers, staff, community members, PHAME, or Grace Church.
  • Intentionally damaging property belonging to other participants, teachers, staff, community members, PHAME, or Grace Church.
 
 

What happens if you don't follow the Code of Conduct?

Great question. Being a PHAME student is a privilege, not a guarantee, and students who do not abide by the Code of Conduct may face suspension or expulsion from PHAME. 

If a student is expelled from PHAME for any reason, they are not permitted within 100 feet of the PHAME campus for one year and are not welcome at PHAME events. At the end of the one-year expulsion, the student may be considered for re-enrollment by submitting a letter of appeal to the Executive Director. Re-admittance to PHAME is not guaranteed for any student. Any student who is readmitted following expulsion will agree to a behavior plan outlined by PHAME staff, the student, and a guardian/advocate of the student’s choosing.


The Code of Conduct is a guideline for appropriate conduct while on campus or while representing PHAME. However, PHAME reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action for activities not included in the above list. If you have questions about the Code of Conduct, please email Rob Smith at rsmith@phamepdx.org.