The "Flag" System

The “flag” system should act as both a deterrent of dangerous behavior, as well as a feedback system for shows to correct this behavior.

The “flag” system scales its restrictions depending on the severity (or repetition): a low-level offense (blue), a mid-level offense (yellow), and a high-level offense (red). If a rule is broken, and then a similar rule is broken, or another rule is broken in the same area, the restriction is elevated to the next level of offense. Restrictions correspond to the appropriate area where the infraction originated, so an incident in lighting does not effect costumes, etc.

For example, if a light is found not safety cabled, the show will receive a low-level offense (blue) restriction. In this case, the offender would be told how to correct the error, and the show may proceed without other restrictions. If this show repeats the offense (more lights are later found without safety cables), it will receive a mid-level offense (yellow) restriction. In this case, the offender is no longer allowed to work on lighting. However, other members of the team trained on lighting equipment may continue to work on lighting. If this show repeats the offense again, it would receive a high-level offense (red) and no member of the team will be allowed to work on lighting. If the show had committed a more dangerous infraction, such as not tightening instruments properly, the show would have initially received a higher offense (red) and corresponding restriction. In this example, costumes, sound, set, and other areas would remain relatively unaffected

In brief, if an offense is made, a corresponding restriction will be made in response to the severity (or repetition) of the offense.

Please note, Second Stage reserves the right to cancel a show at any time.

Records: When a flag is given to a show, the member of the team that is in charge of that department or the team member who committed the infraction will also be recorded in the relevant google doc to ensure that records are kept of flags. 

Implementation: Outreach and Development will be in charge of informing the shows and individuals about their flags. Any other staff member who feels the need to be a part of the wording of the email sent is free to do so. 

Notice regarding Second Stage Policy:

Second Stage always attempts to best serve the needs of the Wesleyan theater community. Thus, Second Stage policy is considered fluid- it may be altered or amended at any time as the needs of the Wesleyan theater community grow and change. Second Stage pledges to always attempt to give a show time to adjust after the adoption of a new policy. Whenever possible, Second Stage will attempt to grandfather shows into new policy, such that only shows whose show flow date follows the effective date of a policy are required to follow said policy. Shows whose show flow date precedes the effective date of a policy have the option of following the new policy or remaining with the earlier policy.