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Dance Policy

Overarching Guidelines

  1. Students or their guests must comply with all behavioral guidelines outlined in the Student Standards of Conduct in the current Cougar Student Handbook.
  2. Dress must be in good taste and in accordance with the university's mission and purpose.
  3. Music must be in good taste in accordance with the university's mission and purpose. Music deemed inappropriate will not be accepted for use.
  4. As in all university activities, the expectation for on- and off-campus dances is that they will be God-honoring.

Campus Dance Events

This section refers specifically to social dances hosted by the university, it's students, or other affiliated groups.

Permitted participants

  1. Dances are open to persons from the university community who are directly associated with Azusa Pacific University (e.g., students or employees). Dates or friends of students or employees are welcome by written invitation only.
  2. No non-APU or off-campus groups are to be invited (e.g., groups of friends, youth groups).

Themes

  1. All dances are to have a theme.
  2. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to: retro, 50/60s sock hop, country (line or square) dancing, contemporary Christian, Hawaiian, harvest, costume party, and classic ballroom.

Location

  1. Dances are limited to the following on-campus facilities: gymnasium, warehouse, University Drive, or campus lawns. Exceptions are to be approved by the dean of students.
  2. Off-campus dances will be sponsored only for special events such as the fall or spring formal.
  3. No social dances will be scheduled in on-campus residential areas.

Planning

  1. All on-campus dances must be approved by the Office of Communiversity.
  2. The director of Communiversity will be responsible for final approval of all planning and organizing of all Azusa Pacific University sponsored dances. The theme of the dances is at the discretion of the sponsoring organization, but must be approved by the Communiversity staff.
  3. The Office of Communiversity along with the sponsoring organization will be responsible for the conduct of all attendees.
  4. Representatives must meet 48 hours prior to and after the event for evaluation.
  5. No dances will be allowed on Sunday. Dances that begin on Friday evening must end at 1 a.m. on Saturday; dances held Monday through Thursday must end at midnight (10 p.m. if outdoors in order to comply with local noise ordinances).

Representation

  1. There must be a minimum of five faculty and/or staff members present at each dance (chaperone/participant ratios will be established based on the number and age of the participants at the event). In addition, members of the Student Life staff will be in attendance to make sure that the event is orderly and that there is compliance with all guidelines.
  2. Designated Communiversity interns along with cosponsoring group representatives are to be present at all Azusa Pacific University sponsored dances.

Music

  1. It is understood that, due to the emphasis on themes for dances, a wide variety of music must be considered for play.
  2. The "play list" for all dances must be approved by the Office of Communiversity. Music deemed inappropriate will not be accepted for use.

Frequency

  1. On-campus dances will be limited to two per semester, including Homecoming.
  2. Off- campus dances will be limited to one per semester.

Educational/Cultural Dances

This section refers specifically to dancing that occurs as a part of another activity (e.g., club/organizational meeting, cultural event, or other educational opportunities).

Permitted participants

  1. Dances are open to persons from the university community who are directly associated with Azusa Pacific University (e.g., students or employees).
  2. No non-APU or off-campus groups are to be invited (e.g., groups of friends, youth groups).
  3. Outside instructors may be invited, as long as they have been approved by the organization's faculty/staff advisor or by the Office of Communiversity.

Location

  1. These types of events are permissible at all on-campus facilities as long as appropriate protocol has been followed to ensure the correct reservations are made. See below for rehearsal information.
  2. These events are not allowed to be hosted off campus.

Planning

  1. These types of events must be approved by the club/organization's advisor, as well as through the Office of Communiversity.
  2. The sponsoring organization will be responsible for the conduct of all attendees.
  3. No events of this type will be allowed on Sunday. Events that begin on Friday evening must end at 1 a.m. on Saturday; events held Monday through Thursday must end at midnight.

Representation

  1. The club/organization/student group is required to have their faculty/staff advisor present at these events. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the Office of Communiversity.

Dance Rehearsal/Residential Space Usage

This section refers specifically to dancing that occurs as a preparation for another event/performance, and also addresses guidelines for the use of facilities within the residential community (e.g., residence hall lounges, lobbies, etc.).

  1. All practices must be approved by the Residence Director prior to the actual practice. The use of living area common spaces (e.g., lounges, patios and sports courts), length of practice, and other details may be determined to be allowed or disallowed prior to or during the practice at the sole discretion of the RD or Student Life staff.
  2. All music or noise must fall within the living area's current standards for noise and courtesy hours.
  3. All participants must comply with behavioral guidelines outlined in the Student Standards of Conduct and Residence Life policies.
  4. Organizations and/or individuals who fail to comply with Student Life/Residence Life policies and expectations will forfeit the current and future use of living area spaces for practices.

Music Played or Performed At Events

In an effort to reflect our University’s values and mission, the following policy is currently in place.
All music played at Azusa Pacific University events must be approved based on the following guidelines:

  1. No references to sexual acts or innuendo
  2. No references to graphic violence or physical abuse
  3. No references that glorify alcohol/drug use
  4. No slurs, including ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation
  5. No swearing and/or vulgar language

These areas should not be present in the content of the original lyrics; “edited”, “clean”, or “radio friendly” versions of songs are not permissible. In addition, the public persona of the performing artist should be taken into account.

Given the ever changing nature and culture of pop music, it is unreasonable to expect only one person to monitor or understand the background of all the music played at Azusa Pacific events.  Therefore, each staff member in conjunction with their student leaders should work to screen the music that is to be played at the specific event.