Sundance addresses sexual assault scandals with new code of conduct for festivalgoers

SALT LAKE CITY — In the wake of sexual assault allegations that have stunned Hollywood and the nation, the Sundance Film Festival has revised its code of conduct to include new guidelines aimed at preventing sexual misconduct during the festival’s Jan. 18-28 run in Park City.

The festival has also partnered for the first time with the Utah Attorney General’s Office to provide a 24-hour live hotline to report violations of the policy.

Leo Lucey, chief of investigations for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, said law enforcement agents are expecting an uptick in the reporting of sexual harassment and assault at this year’s festival.

Lucey points out that more reporting doesn’t mean more harassment is taking place. Rather, law enforcement expects that in the current climate of heightened sensitivity to this issue, people will feel more comfortable reporting incidents when they do occur.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

American environmental activist Laurie David, left, comedian and television host Chelsea Handler, and actress Mary McCormack attend the Women’s March on Main in Park City on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

“This kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated,” Lucey told the Deseret News. “The state of Utah takes this issue very seriously and law enforcement is committed to keeping everyone at the festival safe.”

The new code of conduct, posted within the past week on the Sundance Festival website and app, states that Sundance is committed to allowing attendees an experience “free of harassment, discrimination and threatening or disrespectful behavior.”

It also states that the festival reserves the right to revoke credentials or access to festival events to “those that engage in such conduct.”

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