Security information

Security Information

Security video for adult delegates

All adult delegates at the International Thespian Festival are asked to watch this brief security video, detailing the responsibilities adult attendees have for keeping kids safe at Festival.

Share these rules with your delegates and chaperones. Do not register a delegate if you have any doubt about his or her ability to abide by these rules.

Campus police will be on duty at all times

Festival officials will handle security responsibilities during the Festival. After arriving at UNL, troupe directors will be notified of their building and floor captains. Directors, chaperones, and students must cooperate with these officials. Festival rules go into effect Monday of Festival.


Alcohol/drugs/tobacco/weapons. The illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol or drug paraphernalia by student or adult delegates, staff, or other guests of EdTA is a violation of International Thespian Festival (ITF) policies as well as local, states, and federal laws. The ITF supports these laws and practices a "zero tolerance" policy while supporting and cooperating with local, state, and federal agencies in the prevention of drug use. The International Thespian Festival prohibits any use of alcohol, on or off ITF managed premises, that adversely affects staff or adult work performance or staff, adult, or delegate safety or the safety of others. Violations will result in dismissal from ITF. Possession of drug paraphernalia will be treated the same as possession of illicit drugs, even if never used. Vaping and Juuling is strictly prohibited. New this year, UNL is a tobacco free campus, including all indoor and outdoor areas. This prohibits the use of all products containing or derived from tobacco on campus. Delegates bringing any type of weapon onto campus will be sent home immediately.


Delegates (both students and adults) must be in their assigned dorms by 12:00 a.m. and in their assigned dorm rooms by 12:30 a.m. Quiet hours—with lights out—begin at 12:30 a.m. Dorm doors will be locked at 10:00 p.m. UNL staff will be on duty from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. to allow delegates to enter the dorms. A 24-hour desk clerk is on duty in each dorm. Delegates entering dorms late must be cleared by the clerk. Delegates (both students and adults) arriving after the curfew must report to security personnel and notify their troupe director/chaperone. Delegates missing curfew will meet with their troupe directors/chaperones and security personnel the next day at 8:00 a.m. (see Violations).

Residence halls

Delegates (both students and adults) will not be permitted on dorm floors housing delegates of the opposite sex. No sexual activity of any kind will be permitted at the International Thespian Festival.


Emergency incoming telephone calls must be channeled through the 24-hour desk, 402.472.1010. Please notify the desk clerk that the delegate is attending the International Thespian Festival.

Health center

Students requiring emergency medical attention during the day will be directed to UNL’s health center. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, and closed on Saturday. After-hours medical emergencies must be taken to the Bryan Health West Hospital, 2300 South 16th Street, 402.481.1111.

Students are to report illness to their troupe directors/chaperones. Notify the twenty-four-hour desk clerk of illness during the evening. Only delegates who completed and are carrying their medical release form will be treated on campus.

The health center does not treat adults over the age of twenty-one. Adults requiring emergency attention must be taken to the Bryan Health West Hospital.

Delegates in need of transportation to the health center or hospital should call 911 in case of emergency. Otherwise, contact the Festival nurses.

Festival attendance

All student delegates are required to attend the events scheduled during Festival week. Students are not permitted—under any circumstances—to leave the UNL campus after 11:00 p.m.

Property damage

Delegates are not allowed to remove UNL property from residence hall rooms and must lock their rooms. Delegates are not permitted to post messages on dorm windows. Delegates will be responsible to UNL for damage to their room or university property. The Festival will bill the delegate, parents, and/or the school for damage fees not collected at check-out.

For safety reasons, delegates may not remove screens from dorm room windows or lounge windows. Delegates removing screens will be fined $250 and will be required to replace the screens immediately. Delegates repeating the offense will be sent home (see Violations).

Prior to check-out, delegates are asked to clean their rooms and the hall lounges.

Security responsibilities

All troupe directors, chaperones, and students must attend a meeting with security personnel on Monday evening, June 24 or Tuesday evening, June 25, for late arrivals. The meetings will be held in the residence hall lounges.

Troupe directors/chaperones must be sure that delegates are in their rooms by curfew each evening. Immediately following curfew, female chaperones must check—in person—the rooms of female delegates, and male chaperones must check—in person— the rooms of male delegates. After room checks, floor captains must be notified.

University regulations

Beverages and food are not permitted in the auditorium, classrooms, or lobbies of the Lied Center or the UNL theatres. The burning of incense is prohibited in dorm lounges and rooms. Delegates are not allowed to have fireworks on campus. Delegates are not permitted to play loud music in their rooms after 12:30 a.m. Delegates are not permitted to use chalk on the UNL sidewalks.

During performances, use of cameras and recording devices is prohibited in the Lied Center and UNL theatres.

Delegates are guests of the University and should conduct themselves graciously. Respect for other delegates, UNL staff and students, and local citizens is expected of all Festival participants. Excessive noise, improper language, and reckless operation of automobiles will not be tolerated. Delegates should walk on sidewalks (not in the streets) and avoid campus parking structures. Skateboards, razor scooters, hoverboards, and in-line skates are not permitted.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and International Thespian Festival, LLC are not responsible for loss or breakage of personal effects, money, or valuables.


Delegates violating Festival security rules and regulations will meet with their troupe director/chaperone and security personnel at the 8:00 a.m. security meeting in the Schramm Conference room. If more than three delegates under the supervision of the same troupe director/chaperone are required to meet with security personnel, the troupe may be asked not to attend the 2020 International Thespian Festival. If a student is sent home from the Festival for any reason, the parents, guardians, or next of kin will be responsible for all costs incurred in returning the student home.