When the University learns about sexual misconduct, we take immediate and appropriate action to determine what occurred and to prevent a recurrence.
Your responsibilities if you observe or hear about sexual misconductAll University community members have certain responsibilities if they observe or hear about possible sexual misconduct. If you observe possible sexual misconduct, you are an active bystander. In addition, if someone reports possible sexual misconduct to you or you are otherwise aware of possible sexual misconduct, you may be required to report this to the Title IX Coordinator.
A. What should you do if you are an active bystander? An active bystander is a person who is aware that another person may be in danger and decides to get involved, intervenes, and stops the event from occurring. The Lesley community is a place where we take care of each other; we "step up and step in" to address inappropriate behavior. Before you take action to address inappropriate behavior, determine whether it is safe for you and others to do so. Do not take any action if it puts your safety or the safety of others at risk. Call 911 instead of taking any of the steps below if you feel that your safety and/or the safety of others would be compromised by doing so. 1. What can an active bystander say? Say statements like:
If you are uncomfortable calling out bad behavior, try interrupting a risky situation by distracting and redirecting the people involved by saying:
2. What can an active bystander ask? Ask questions like:
If you are uncomfortable calling out bad behavior, try interrupting a risky situation by distracting and redirecting the people involved by asking:
3. What action can an active bystander take? Take action:
If you are uncomfortable calling out bad behavior, try interrupting a risky situation by taking the following action.
Call 911 instead of taking any of the above steps if you feel that your safety and/or the safety of others would be compromised by doing so. Note: Any manager who witnesses possible sexual misconduct and is not under a statutory obligation of confidentiality MUST immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator to inform the Title IX Coordinator of possible sexual misconduct. If you are unclear about your reporting requirements, contact the Title IX Coordinator to review your responsibilities. B. Active Bystander Video There is a current video that demonstrates actions that an active bystander can take to prevent potential sexual assault. The video is the creation and collaborative effort of several organizations in Wellington, New Zealand: Tū Pakari Ora – Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network, Wellington Sexual Health, Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation, Radio Network Wellington, Hutt Rape Counselling Network, Wellington Police, Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care, and Regional Public Health. VideoTrigger Warning:This video shows a fictional scenario leading up to a rape.It does not show the rape itself, but may be triggering to some people.Please take this into consideration before viewing the film.“Who Are You” video: http://www.whoareyou.co.nz/ C. What do you do when an individual speaks to you about sexual misconduct? Acknowledge their feelings about the incident without overreacting to their experience. Do not judge the individual. Do not try to "fix" the situation. Do not try to reassure the person that everything is "okay" or tell them you know how they feel. Say:
Suggest that she or he speak with the Title IX Coordinator for Lesley University. Do not say:
Note: Any manager who learns of possible sexual misconduct and is not bound by a statutory obligation of confidentiality MUST contact the Title IX Coordinator immediately to inform the Title IX Coordinator of possible sexual misconduct. If you are unclear about your reporting requirements, contact the Title IX Coordinator to review your responsibilities.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
University Response to Sexual Assault
Title IX FAQ
DIVERSITY AT LESLEY
Affirmative Action Advisory Board
Diversity Scorecard (PDF)
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Community Standards of Conduct
Complaint Resolution Procedure
Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy
Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Policy
Unequal Consensual Relationships Policy
Dr. Nathaniel G. Mays
Director of Student Life and Interim Title IX Coordinator
Office of the PresidentLesley University29 Everett StreetCambridge MA. 02138Equalopportunity@lesley.edu
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