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SUDS Safe Space Policy

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As part of our efforts to create a more respectful and inclusive society, SUDS is proud to announce our updated 'Safe Space Policy'. This policy is applicable to all society members whilst participating in society events. 


Sussex University Drama Society (SUDS) is committed to equality of opportunity for all. We will demonstrate this by taking a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality and promoting an inclusive culture which values diversity.

SUDS is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment, where everyone is treated equally and with respect.

We will not tolerate any form of discrimination including harassment and bullying under any circumstances. 

As a society we have a duty towards all of our members to create a safe and inclusive environment in which every member is able to participate.

Every member of the society has the right to a ‘safe space’ at all events which operate using the SUDS name. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Rehearsals 
  • Socials 
  • Performances 
  • Auditions 
  • Workshops 
  • Committee meetings 

This list is illustrative and not exclusive. 

In accordance with our core values, SUDS actively supports and promotes student participation within a safe environment at all times.

SUDS is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment without fear of racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination.

In order to achieve this we ask that every member pay attention to their conduct and behaviour and show respect to others when engaging in any activities hosted or supported by SUDS. This includes listening to another’s point of view, using appropriate and respectful language at all times, and refraining from behaviour which can be perceived to be aggressive, intimidating, offensive or discriminatory.

Each person is accountable for their own language and behaviour. If behaviour is observed that is not in accordance with these guidelines, members may be asked to leave by a representative of the society. We ask all members take challenges to their behaviour seriously.

If you feel these guidelines, SUDS values or equal opportunities policy are being violated at any point please raise it with the President of the society or another Committee Member.

As a society collectively and as individual members we have a duty to prevent, so far as is practicable, circumstances detrimental to mental health and well-being of members; throughout any drama and performance situations, especially throughout tense and pressured times e.g. play performance week. 

In addition to this, SUDS operates a zero tolerance policy to the consumption of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicants at any event operating under the SUDS name. This provision does not apply to any social events except those which are billed as ‘non-alcoholic’. This exemption applies exclusively to the consumption of alcohol, the consumption of dugs or any other intoxicants at any SUDS event is prohibited.  

SUDS is an extracurricular society, which is to be used for recreational purposes and as a means of complimenting members studies. No member of the society or leader of a society event (including, but not limited to directors and committee members) has the right to ask another member to give a project or event operating under the SUDS name priority over academic commitments. 

If any behaviour or discussion takes place that does contravene these guidelines, the priority must be to shut it down to protect those who are most vulnerable. To ensure the widest influence of these guidelines a copy should be sent to all directors and anyone else who is running an event using the SUDS name. They should be encouraged to read it to all members.

Any groups or individuals contravening any SUDS policy will be subject to disciplinary procedures (in accordance with Student’s Union policies and guidelines) and patronage and support will be reviewed.



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