Find answers to frequently asked questions about Title IX, a landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
1. What is Title IX?
Title IX is a landmark federal civil rights act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
2. Who is protected by Title IX?Title IX protects any person – female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff from any sexual harassment or violence.
3. What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating) violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
4. What is sexual harassment?
5. What are several examples of sexual harassment?
Romantic or sexual relationships between individuals who are also in employment, academic, or professional relationships are inherently problematic, and in some cases are prohibited.
Romantic or sexual relationships between students and employees (including faculty) are prohibited. For detailed information, please refer to Lesley University’s Unequal Consensual Relationships Policy.
6. What is sexual violence?
7. What is stalking?Stalking means engaging in conduct directed toward a person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his or her safety, or the safety of others, or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.8. What is dating violence?Dating violence means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the survivor.
9. What is domestic violence?Domestic violence means violence committed by a current or former spouse, intimate partner, or certain domestic partners.
10. What are Lesley University's obligations when it has received notice of a Title IX incident? Lesley University must:
11. What are the responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator? The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Lesley University's compliance with Title IX obligations and overseeing all Title IX complaints. The Title IX Coordinator takes actions including:
12. Who is Lesley’s Title IX Coordinator? Dr. Barbara “B.J.” Addison Reid Director of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator 29 Everett Street, Cambridge MA 02138 firstname.lastname@example.org@lesley.edu
13. What are the reporting obligations of administrators, faculty, and managers?
14. What are the reporting obligations of employees?Lesley University employees may also report sexual misconduct concerns to the Director of Human Resources (617.349.8785 or email@example.com). The Director of Human Resources notifies the Title IX Coordinator and meets with the survivor to assist with immediate safety accommodations and resources as needed and appropriate to prevent a recurrence.
15. What are the reporting obligations of residential staff and student employees?Student staff employed in campus residential housing must report sexual misconduct concerns to the Dean of Student Life and Academic Development (617.349.8539 or firstname.lastname@example.org).The Dean notifies the Title IX Coordinator and meets with students to assist with immediate safety accommodations and resources as needed and appropriate.
16. What are the reporting obligations of students?Students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct concerns to the Dean of Student Life and Academic Development (617.349.8539 or email@example.com). The Dean notifies the Title IX Coordinator and with the student to assist with immediate safety accommodations and resources as needed and appropriate to prevent a recurrence.
17. What if the impacted student requests confidentiality?If a survivor wishes the details of an incident to remain completely confidential, the student may speak with the Lesley Counseling Center professional staff members. The Counseling Center can assist the survivor with selecting the appropriate person with whom the survivor should speak.
18. Who can students contact if they want information to remain confidential?Please see the Lesley University Sexual Misconduct Confidential Reporting Resources list [PDF document].
19. What safety measures and accommodations are available to students when they report sexual misconduct?The University may decide to take interim safety measures during an investigation, such as campus escort for the reporting student, temporary suspension or removal of the accused, no-contact order, or other restorative and preventative measures, such as, but not limited to education, training, monitoring, and counseling.
20. Who can a student contact to ask that one or more of these safety measures and/or accommodations be put in place?
21. Can a student or employee turn to off-campus resources?Yes, of course. A student or employee may wish to, but is not required to, file a report with the police. University personnel — Public Safety Officers, the Dean of Students, the Director of Human Resource, and the Title IX Coordinator are available to assist in making the report.
Several medical and counseling support services are listed on the Emergency and Support Resources — Sexual Assault document [PDF].
22. What is the purpose of a Title IX investigation?The purpose of the investigation is to determine what occurred, stop any continued sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrences, and address its effects.
23. What are the possible outcomes of a University investigation?
Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Policy
Community Standards of Conduct
Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy
Unequal Consensual Relationships Policy
Complaint Resolution Procedure
University Response to Sexual Misconduct
Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
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