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Department of Theatre and CBT

Bias and Sexual Harassment Reporting Resources


The Department of Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive and safe atmosphere for all students, company members and guests.  This is our mission in the classroom, the theatre, the rehearsal room and wherever we meet to collaborate and learn.

If you experience or witness bias, harassment or other unsafe situations, here are some resources available to students, faculty, staff, guest artists and community members:

  • Call 911 If you feel threatened or are in immediate danger
  • Call 974-HELP: The Office of the Dean of Students referral line is available to all students experiencing distress or those concerned about the well-being of a Student.
  • Call 976-CARE: This HR resource line is available to Faculty and Staff in distress or those concerned about the well-being of a Coworker.
  • Report incidents of bias to the University with the Bias Incident Reporting Form:
  • Report incidences of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation or Retaliation to the UTK office of Title IX: If you are uncomfortable or unsure about this process, any CBT faculty or staff member can help you. All CBT Faculty and staff are mandatory reporters under Title IX and will help you report and connect you with resources.
  • Contact the Office of Equity and Diversity (865-974-2498) for allegations of discrimination and/or harassment that cannot be resolved departmentally. If you do not feel safe bringing your complaint to the department you may report to the Academic Dean of the appropriate college.

The Department of Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre value open and honest communication in all our educational and production spaces.  All students and collaborators are encouraged to raise concerns as they arise, but we recognize that not every person feels empowered to speak directly in every moment.  Here are some additional resources to address concerns within our community. These resources can be used separately or in conjunction with those listed above.

In the Classroom:

In Rehearsal and Production:

  • The Stage Manager supervises all aspects of the rehearsal and performance space. You may always bring concerns to the Stage Manager of a production, to the CBT Production Stage Manager (Patrick Lanczki), or the CBT Production Manager (Susan McMillan.)
  • Report incidences or concerns to any member of the DEI Committee or the DEI Task Force You are also encouraged to report incidents of bias with the University
  • Ask questions anonymously via the Department of Theatre Suggestion Box: Note- this is not the place to bring concerns that need to be addressed urgently.  Please seek out direct help if a situation requires immediate action.