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Anti-Harassment Policy

Louisville Literary Arts is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of our employees, lecturers and participants. We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes oral comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind.


Code of Conduct


All Louisville Literary Arts participants, including faculty, staff, and attendees, must refrain from:


  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following.

  • Sustained disruption of workshops, presentations, panels, or other events.

  • Inappropriate physical contact.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Abusive verbal comments.


Reporting Procedures


Louisville Literary Arts takes the report of harassment seriously. Claims of harassment will be addressed quickly and confidentially. Any person who believes there has been a violation of this Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in person or by email either anonymously or with identifying information to the Executive Director, Charliese B. Lewis. To report an incident, please provide information about what happened, who was involved, the date, and a list of witnesses (if any). We will fully investigate all complaints and take necessary and appropriate action to prevent a recurrence.


Statement of consequence


Lecturers found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave and will forfeit their stipend.


Participants found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave and will forfeit their tuition.


Dependent on the severity of violations, further measures up to and including involvement of law enforcement may be taken.

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