A word from IC Founders:

We’re always trying to improve. If you see anything unclear, missing, or otherwise - or if you have any questions - please don’t hesitate to contact us: Call 513.900.110 or email info@improvcincinnati.com

Here’s to another terrific round of classes.

Gratefully,
Jon and Colin


IC STUDENT HANDBOOK

Be Kind

Every student has a right to learn in a safe, respectful environment that fosters trust and support. Towards this end, please treat content dealing with race, gender, sexuality, etc. (and the individuals affected by them) in a creative, intelligent manner that demonstrates empathy – and never in the spirit of hurtfulness or mockery. Classes should be fun for everyone!

That said, even improvised veterans sometimes say things they regret on stage. Let’s all strive to be as understanding and forgiving as we can be if someone makes a mistake. If you ever have a problem with another student’s choice, please first try to address it with that student directly if you feel comfortable. If this isn't an option or if that doesn't resolve it, your next step is to talk with your teacher. If that isn't an option (or if the problem is with your teacher), you are encouraged to come to Jon or Colin. Conversely, IC has two Community Advocates who can bring the issue to Jon/Colin while maintaining your anonymity: Delmar Davis or Mary O’Connell.

Inappropriate Class Conduct

Inappropriate class conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Engaging in discriminatory behavior related to an individual’s sex (gender), race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, age, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, education status; or disability, or relationship to a person with a disability, with other students or the course instructor.

  • Inappropriate or unwelcome verbal, physical or sexual conduct with another student or the class instructor - including outside of class time. Ex: Romantic pursuit of another student after a direct request to stop.

  • Coming to class drunk or high.

  • Consumption of alcohol, illegal drugs, or use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) during class.

  • Talking while the instructor is talking or while your classmates are performing

  • Using electronics in class to text, send emails, surf the internet, use games/apps, take calls - when not on a break. Using electronics to take class notes is OK.

  • Eating in class

  • Giving notes or coaching to other students on their performance during class.

  • Destruction of the physical classroom space, including but not limited to: ceilings, walls, floors, chairs, lights, doors, and other Training Center property.

  • Bringing uninvited guests to class.

Consequences will vary depending on the severity of a conduct problem. Particularly unruly or disruptive behavior will result in a student being removed entirely from a class and not permitted to enroll in future classes. Refunds will not be given to students who are removed from a class due to conduct.

Lateness

Prompt attendance is expected from all students. Arriving late is disruptive and requires the instructor to explain exercises and concepts again. If you are more than 10 minutes late you will receive a warning. Multiple instances of lateness will be considered inappropriate class conduct (See above).

If you are more than 45 minutes late you can still attend class but will be marked absent.

For information about making up absences, please see the Absence Make Up policy.

Attendance

Improv is a group activity that is best learned in a creative and supportive learning environment. The best way to support yourself and your fellow classmates is to attend all classes. Absences hinder your growth as an improviser and in turn affect your ability to support your classmates in class and on stage. If you cannot attend all scheduled classes, consider waiting until a course you can fully commit to is available.

That said, IC understands emergencies do happen. To maintain course integrity we do not allow more than TWO absences. Upon a third absence you will be removed from the session.

Removal means you cannot attend any more classes or participate in the class showcase. Once removed, you are eligible to retake the class for half price, assuming you attended at least three sessions of class.

Absence Make Up Policy

You can make up an absence by attending a class’s alternate section, assuming it has one. This needs to be done in the same week you missed class. Ie, if you miss (or will miss) class #2 of one section, you must attend class #2 of the other section.

Making up absences should be minimized to preserve class chemistry. Please do not plan on attending a class’s alternate section more than twice - and ideally less.

If you intend to attend an alternate section, contact IC. Do not show up to another course section without consent from IC.

Class Registration

Students officially enroll by completing class registration via the IC website. Students who make verbal or emailed requests to enroll are not officially enrolled. Students who do not officially enroll may be asked to leave class if it sells out.

Refund Policy

Improv Cincinnati has a 100% satisfaction guarantee for the quality of your experience in classes. This guarantee does not apply for factors that impact a student’s decision outside of class, such as but not limited to: scheduling conflicts, timing preferences, location preferences, and general anxiety.

Class Credit: If you’ve taken two or fewer sessions of class, you can withdrawal and receive a credit for the same class in a future round.

Refund: No refunds will be allowed after the 4th session of class. For withdrawal after the first, second, or third session of class, you may receive a prorated refund minus a $20 processing fee.

If a session of classes is canceled by Improv Cincinnati, you will receive a full refund.

Liability

You agree that you choose to voluntarily participate in the course with full knowledge that the activity may be hazardous to yourself and/or your property. You voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss, property damage or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained as a result of participating in the activity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Improv Cincinnati LLC and its employees, members & volunteers for any loss, liability, damage or costs, including court costs and attorney fees, that may occur as a result of your participation in the activity.

IC is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Destruction of Property

If you destroy any property at an IC class, whether it is by accident or on purpose, you will be liable for the cost of repair.

Show Requirement

Students in Levels 2-5 must see at least one IC show before the following session begins. If you do not see a show you will be not be allowed to move to the next level. To make this easier, you will receive a student ID at the beginning of the first class session. The ID gives you access to free rush tickets to Saturday Night shows, assuming they have not sold out.

Age Requirement

You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for IC courses. Students 16+ may take the class assuming a Parent/Guardian is also taking the class. Please contact IC to arrange. If you are under the age of 16, you cannot participate in IC classes at this time.

Course Instructor

IC reserves the right to replace a course instructor at anytime with another equally qualified instructor without notice. (This is very unlikely to happen without a great reason).

Performing for Improv Cincinnati

Completion of the Core Curriculum of classes provides students the opportunity to join a Student Team. Participation on a IC House Team or Main Stage Show is by audition or invitation only.

Inclement Weather

In the event that classes are canceled or postponed, students will be contacted. If you do not hear from us, assume that classes will proceed as planned.

IC will attempt to reschedule a class that is canceled or postponed due to weather, however it is not guaranteed it will be viable for all students’ schedules.

Canceled Classes and Session

IC reserves the right to postpone or cancel a full session if it does not reach a minimum number of students.

If an individual class is canceled due to an unforeseen teacher conflict a substitute will be arranged. If a substitute is unavailable, the teacher will work with the class to schedule a makeup, however it is not guaranteed it will be viable for all students’ schedules.

Leave of Absence

If you have not participated in an IC course within the past two years, please contact IC to see which level you will be re-admitted in.

Accept or Deny Anyone

IC reserves the right to accept or deny any individual's enrollment.

Building Accessibility

At this time, most IC class locations are inaccessible by wheelchair. Please contact IC to verify ADA compliancy.

If you have any questions please contact IC at 513.900.1110 or info@improvcincinnati.com.