KCACTF Statement on Sexual Misconduct

KCACTF Sexual Misconduct Statement

Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by state and federal laws, and may constitute criminal activity. Sexual misconduct is an umbrella term that includes sexual and gender-based harassment or discrimination, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. The American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) prohibits and will not tolerate sexual misconduct. ACTF recognizes that sexual misconduct damages the integrity of the festival work, destroys the organization’s positive work and educational atmosphere, and causes psychological and physiological damage to those involved. ACTF condemns such activity and is strongly committed to providing an artistic learning and working environment free from any form of sexual misconduct.

ACTF promotes a climate that is free from sexual misconduct through training, education and prevention programs. ACTF promotes prompt reporting, prohibits retaliation, and ensures timely, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of reported sexual misconduct. Any participant or affiliated person who engages in sexual misconduct in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to dismissal, suspension, termination of a contract or debarment in the case of vendors, or termination in the case of employees.

All ACTF participants are subject to this policy, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This includes all ACTF, participating faculty, participating students, and staff, as well as third parties and contractors under the ACTF’s control. Violations of the policy may occur between individuals or groups of individuals of any sexual orientation or actual or perceived gender identity. This policy applies to sexual misconduct in connection with any ACTF program or activity, including:  (1) in connection with any ACTF sponsored, recognized or approved program, visit or activity, regardless of location; (2) that impedes equal access to any ACTF program or activity; or (3) that otherwise threatens the health or safety of ACTF participants.

Any type of retaliatory or intimidating behavior against a person participating in a protected activity because of their participation in that protected activity is expressly prohibited by this policy. ACTF takes disciplinary action against any individual or group of individuals found responsible for retaliating or intimidating, or attempting to retaliate or intimidate, another person for making a report, opposing in a reasonable manner an act or policy believed to constitute discrimination or harassment, or testifying, assisting, or participating in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing related to a protected activity. Any concern of retaliation should be reported and ACTF will investigate.