Students in our programs come from a wide variety of backgrounds and may hold conflicting worldviews. It is possible, at some point during the program, you will fundamentally disagree with or be triggered by the subject matter of someone else’s work, and no amount of earnest discussion about the topic will ease this disagreement. If, in a case like this, you feel the need to remove yourself from the discussion of a particular person’s work, we understand, and your grade will not suffer for it. Just let your instructor and the Professional Programs office know. Conversely, if the entire class feels the need to remove themselves from discussion of your own work, you may want to reconsider the viability of your project and bring in another project instead, but you will not be forced to do so.
STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY
1. ATTENDANCE/PUNCTUALITY - Students must be signed in and ready for class by the class start time. Please understand that our instructors, and their industry guests, expect that their workshops will not be interrupted by late arrivals.
2. PHONE USE - Making phone calls or texting while the class is in session is not permitted. Please be respectful of the instructors and your fellow classmates by using your phone during the break, or before or after class. Please make sure to turn off your cell phone before class begins.
3. RECORDING DEVICES -Recording of any kind is not permitted during class. Instructors expect that classroom discussion will be kept confidential and that materials will not be redistributed.
4. INSTRUCTORS/GUEST SPEAKERS - Aside from assigned classroom assignments, please do not approach the instructors or guest speakers with any personal request (i.e. to read a script, to pitch a project, to ask for a job interview, etc).
5. CLASSROOM CONDUCT - We believe in creating and maintaining a supportive learning environment for our students. To that end, all students are expected to treat their instructors and classmates with the utmost respect and to contribute to a safe and comfortable classroom experience. Disruptive, demeaning, or antagonistic behavior will not be tolerated.
6. CRITICISM -Professional Program workshops are structured such that each student’s work is openly discussed between the instructor and classmates in a live classroom setting. Students should expect constructive criticism of their work in class. While a student may not agree with all of the notes that he or she is given, and is not expected to implement all suggested revisions, the student is expected to be open to hearing criticism and to be appropriately receptive to what their instructor and classmates have to say. While receiving encouraging feedback and positive reinforcement is very important, the student should not expect that they will only be told that their work is fantastic. No matter how good an idea may be, it can be improved, and the goal of our instructors is to help make that happen.
GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR NON-CONTINUANCE
The UCLA Professional Programs administration reserves the right to a) dismiss any student at any time, without refund, or b) refuse further or continued enrollment in UCLA Professional Programs courses, if and when the student does not conform to federal, state, and local laws, and/or does not respect the personal rights of others and the educational purposes and standards of the Programs, and when the administration deems such action to be in the best interests of the student, student body, instructor, or Program. Behavior or situations that violate the UCLA Professional Programs’ standards include, but are not limited to: Disorderly conduct, erratic behavior, or any interference with normal Program activities. Violation of accepted standards of decency. Failure to respect the instructor’s authority over the class. Making unreasonable demands of classmates and instructors. Harassment of any kind. Dishonesty, plagiarism, copyright infringement. Assault, threats of injury or harm, theft, property damage. Possession of firearms or dangerous weapons. Possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs.
UCLA Professional Programs students are expected to maintain personal integrity and to respect the integrity of the Programs. The UCLA Professional Programs administration reserves the right to refuse further enrollment in UCLA Professional Programs courses if the student demonstrates unwillingness or refusal to complete homework assignments, unwillingness or refusal to actively participate in courses, and/or unwillingness or refusal to contribute to a professional and productive classroom environment.
PHOTO AND VIDEO POLICY
The UCLA Professional Programs periodically takes photos or short video clips during our classes and events. By signing below, students give UCLA Professional Programs permission to use their images, and understand that we do not offer compensation for using their images, on our website, ads, and social media.
UCLA PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS AUTHORSHIP POLICY
All ideas shared or pitched in the Writing for Late Night Comedy workshop will be the property of the writer of the piece under discussion. This conforms to practice accepted by the Writers Guild of America. Writers in the class who pitch suggestions do so with the understanding that the authorship goes to the recipient.