At the Texas Thespian State Festival we encourage students, teachers, guest artists, and all other delegates to learn and grow from each other to become better Thespians. Social media, both personal and professional, is a great way to collaborate and share our own personal experiences. Social media is a great tool to use, but can also be misused in ways deemed inappropriate by Texas Thespians. Below is the policy approved for Texas Thespian Festival that must be followed by all of our delegates. If anyone is found breaking these rules there will be disciplinary actions taken which could result in your removal from current or future Texas Thespian State Festival.

Use of Social Media

                First and foremost, delegates are encouraged to always exercise the utmost caution when participating in any form of social media or online communications, both within the Texas Thespian community and beyond.

                Delegates who participate in online interactions must remember that their posts reflect on the entire Texas Thespian community and, as such, are subject to the same behavioral standards set forth by the Texas Thespian Board of Directors

In addition all delegates are expected to abide by the following:

-          Delegates may not use social media sites to publish disparaging or harassing remarks about Texas Thespian members.

-          Delegates who choose to post editorial content to websites or other forms of online media must ensure that their submission does not reflect poorly upon Texas Thespians.

Texas Thespian Social Media Comments and Participation Policy

                Comments to Texas Thespian, such as its Website via blogs, online forms, etc., or other social media sites, are welcome and encouraged, and we look forward to hearing from you. To promote respectful discussion within this forum, we request that you be courteous and productive and avoid comments that are profane, obscene, offensive, sexually explicit, inappropriate, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable. Blogs often foster debate of an issue; users are to engage in such exchanges with mutual respect for others’ opinions.

                For the privacy of users and their families, please assume that all postings to Texas Thespian sponsored social media will be publicly available on the Internet and therefore publicly accessible without limitation or protection of any kind. Please consider how much personal information to share, with the understanding that this information may be linked to your name and published on the Internet.

                By posting a comment or other material to a Texas Thespian social media outlet as outlined above, users give Texas Thespians the irrevocable right and license to exercise all copyright, publicity, and moral rights with respect to any content you provide, which includes using your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media, including but not limited to: displaying, modifying, reproducing, distributing, creating other works from, and publishing your submission. Texas Thespians reserves the right to review all comments before they are posted, and to edit them to preserve readability for other users.

                Texas Thespians further reserves the right to reject or remove comments for any reason, including but not limited to our belief that the comments violate this Comment Policy, to determine in its sole discretion which submissions meet its qualifications for posting, and to remove comments for any reason, including but not limited to our belief that the comments violate this Policy. Any submissions that fail to follow this Policy in any way or are otherwise irrelevant will be removed and disciplinary actions will be taken

                We also reserve the right to amend this Policy from time to time in our judgment to address issues that may arise and changes in our operations or the law.

Posting or Tagging on Social Media

In posting or tagging on Texas Thespian sponsored social media, you agree not to:

-          Post material that Texas Thespians determines is threatening, harassing, illegal, obscene, defamatory, slanderous, or hostile towards any individual or entity.

-          Post phone numbers, email addresses or other confidential information of student delegates, adult delegates, or any other person other than yourself. If you choose to post your own contact information for any reason, please be aware that the information will be available to the public and is, therefore, subject to misuse.

-          Post material that infringes on the rights of Texas Thespians or any individual or entity, including privacy, intellectual property or publication rights.

-          Post chain letters, post the same comment multiple times, or otherwise distribute “spam” via the Texas Thespian sponsored social media.

-          Allow any other individual or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments.

-          Post comments under multiple names or using another person’s name.

Consequences for actions deemed inappropriate

1.       Remove or edit comments at any time, whether or not they violate this Policy

2.       Ban future posts from people who repeatedly violate this Policy. We may affect such bans by refusing posts from specific email addresses or IP addresses, or through other means as necessary.

3.       Disciplinary actions that is decided on by the Texas Thespians Board of Directors

4.       Removal from Festival

Failure to abide by this Policy, as with other policies at Texas Thespians, may result in disciplinary action determined by the Texas Thespian Board.

Acceptance of Policy

User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Texas Thespians, its affiliates, directors, employees, successors and assigns against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, causes of action, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising out of any claim by a third party relating to any material user has posted on Texas Thespian sponsored social media.

By posting a comment or material of any kind on a Texas Thespian-sponsored site, the user hereby agrees to the Policy set forth above.