Code of Conduct

The purpose of Tartan Salsa is to offer Carnegie Mellon University’s students and other members of the Pittsburgh dance community a safe, healthy, positive and productive environment to learn about and enjoy salsa, bachata, and other Afro-Latin rhythms. The goal of this Code of Conduct is to ensure the behavior of any one individual or group of individuals does not disturb the enjoyment of another individual, nor detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the club and its activities.

Everyone is welcome to join Tartan Salsa. However, Tartan Salsa reserves the right to deny or revoke the attendance to club activities of any individual, at any time, for any reason. This action may be undertaken when an individual’s presence or behavior causes significant interference with club operations or adversely affects the organization’s relationship with students, guests, or the University. Tartan Salsa reserves the right to amend this Code of Conduct at any time without prior or posted notice. If you have any questions, please contact Tartan Salsa officers for assistance.

By participating in any Tartan Salsa activity, you are agreeing to abide by this Code of Conduct.

Overall Behavior

  1. Tartan Salsa is open to everyone regardless of sex, age, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap or disability, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information, and we fully adhere to CMU's Statement of Assurance. Hateful language, harassment, or intimidation will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

  2. Respect each other’s boundaries.

  3. Communicate if you are uncomfortable. Talk to a Tartan Salsa officer or instructor if it persists.

  4. If accidental uncomfortable contact happens on your part: acknowledge it, apologize, and adjust.

  5. Respect the instructors: don’t disrupt or interrupt lessons unnecessarily.

  6. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Dance Etiquette

  1. Be gentle.

  2. Use your words to ask people to dance.

  3. If you are dancing with a less experienced dancer, adapt your level to your partner’s.

  4. Avoid aerials on the social dance floor.

  5. Practice good floorcraft: be sensible in your use of space and avoid running yourself or your partner into other dancers.

  6. If you plan to dance closely with other dancers, be prepared: wear deodorant, have a mint.

  7. Embrace the fact that you are neither obligated nor entitled to dance with anyone in particular, at any particular time.

  8. Don’t offer unsolicited criticism/advice on someone else’s dancing, even during lessons, unless a movement hurts or makes you uncomfortable.

CMU COVID Protocol

  1. Follow Carnegie Mellon University's Campus Requirements.

  2. Be respectful of CMU's COVID mitigation strategies, as outlined in the current campus posture.

  3. Follow CMU's Visitor Protocol should it apply to you.

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When participating in any Tartan Salsa activities, you are responsible for following all applicable Carnegie Mellon University Policies at all times.