The purpose of this policy is to define, prevent, and respond to discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence. The policy reflects Lesley University's compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws.
This policy applies to the entire Lesley University community, including faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, students, alumni, vendors, contractors, consultants, guests, and visitors.
Lesley University respects the dignity of every individual and expects members of the community to respect each other. Our Community Standards of Conduct Policy describes the University’s general expectations of conduct. Violations of this Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy are also violations of the Community Standards of Conduct Policy.
Lesley University forbids discriminatory or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's:
- Race, ethnicity, or color
- National origin or ancestry
- Physical or mental disability
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender, gender identity, or gender expression
- Pregnancy or parental status
- Genetic information
- Veteran or military status, or membership in Uniformed Services
- All other categories protected by applicable state and federal laws (together, "protected categories").
This policy addresses the university's aim to provide an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected categories, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Discrimination and harassment undermine the basic principles of the Lesley community, and are strictly prohibited. Some forms of discrimination and harassment are also unlawful and carry criminal penalties.
Sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking committed by students or employees, whether on or off campus, or by any individual on Lesley's campus or within its programs or activities, violates this policy.
Through this policy, Lesley intends to provide broader protections from discrimination and harassment than are afforded by state or federal laws. Accordingly, Lesley may take disciplinary or corrective actions pursuant to this policy for discriminatory or harassing misconduct which does not rise to the level of a violation of law.