No jerks!

The Writer's Center teamThe Writer’s Center is committed to providing a welcoming environment, for all program participants, instructors, staff members, and volunteers regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, appearance, or class. We expect participants, faculty, staff, and volunteers to treat each other with respect in all interactions and to conduct themselves in manners conducive to learning at all times.

Harassment includes offensive comments or actions related to someone’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or body size. Harassment also includes displaying sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of class or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or critique. Reading and writing, by their nature, include exposure to controversial, challenging, and sometimes offensive language.

Anyone asked to stop harassing or disruptive behavior is expected to comply immediately. Anyone violating these expectations may be ejected from class, at The Writer’s Center’s discretion.

Anyone experiencing or witnessing harassing behavior should report it to a Writer’s Center instructor or staff member as soon as possible. All incidents will be brought to The Writer’s Center’s Executive Director. All reports will be investigated and handled as confidentially as possible. Consequences for harassment may include removing an offender from a program without a refund, banning the offender from The Writer’s Center, and excluding the offender from participating in future Writer’s Center programs or events.

Updated February 2020