How to seek medical help and support if you are sexually assaulted, as well as how to report sexual misconduct.
1. What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?Get away from your attacker and go to a safe place as soon as possible. Call 911 or Public Safety.Preserve evidence. To assist in proving that the sexual assault occurred, it is important to preserve evidence. If you want evidence collected do not bathe, shower, brush your teeth or go to the bathroom. Also, do not change your clothes. If you have changed clothing since the incident, put the clothing you had on at the time of the assault in a clean paper bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not breathe, and may render evidence useless).Seek medical attention to assess and treat any injuries, screen for pregnancy and any sexually transmitted infections, and collect evidence (if you consent to do so). Seek assistance from friends and family: Don't be afraid to ask for help and support; feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. Call a trusted friend or family member or contact one of the on- and off-campus resources. Talk with the Title IX Coordinator about your options for reporting an incident. The Title IX Coordinator can review your options and inform you of or connect you to appropriate on- and off- campus support services. In addition, the Title IX Coordinator will provide you information regarding how to file a Title IX complaint through the University or a criminal complaint through local law enforcement (you have the right to decide whether to notify law enforcement authorities). In addition, the Title IX Coordinator will implement appropriate “interim measures,” if necessary. Interim measures are steps taken that: 1) allow you to have equal access to the University’s educational program and activities; 2) protect you; and/or 3) protect the safety of the University community. Interim measures typically are put into place when an individual notifies the University of possible sexual harassment and remain in place throughout the internal Title IX investigation. Note that interim measures may be available even if you choose not to file or otherwise pursue a complaint. Interim measures include, but are not limited to, issuing a no-contact order, imposing interim suspension, changing housing assignments, changing course schedules, and providing an escort. 2. What should I do when seeking medical attention?If you do decide to seek medical attention:
3. What should I do if I want the sexual assault to remain confidential?Professional staff members at Lesley’s Counseling Center and Health Services will not, with limited exceptions, share your information without your permission. Other University staff members and faculty members will keep information as private as possible, but must share information about any possible sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. Sharing information with the Title IX Coordinator is important to: 1) take appropriate steps for the safety of the University Community; 2) provide assistance to the individual reporting the sexual misconduct; and 3) allow the University to track trends.In some instances, the University can speak with the accused party without mentioning the name of the individual making the allegations or moving forward with a formal complaint. In other cases, issues of confidentiality must be balanced against the University's need to investigate and to take appropriate action. Note that if an individual requests that his or her name not be revealed to the alleged perpetrator, or asks that the school not investigate and the University determines that it can honor that request, the University’s ability to respond fully to the incident, including pursuing disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator, may be limited.4. What should I do if I want to pursue a University investigation?When Lesley receives a complaint, the institution is obligated by law to investigate the matter, and will promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigate complaints in a fair and expeditious manner. Lesley investigates to determine what happened, whether the University’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence policy was violated, and then take appropriate steps, if any. For detailed information on the procedure, please review Lesley University's Complaint Resolution Procedures.5. What should I do if I want to report the sexual misconduct to local law enforcement?Reports of discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence may be made to the Cambridge Police Department or the Boston Police Department by calling 911.6. What is retaliation?
7. What should I do if someone retaliates against me?Contact:Dean of Student Life and Academic Development and Interim Title IX Coordinator: 617.349.8539; firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Human Resources: 617.349.8785; email@example.comTitle IX Coordinator: 617.349.8507; firstname.lastname@example.orgPublic Safety: 617.349.8888 8. What are the emergency and support resources for sexual assault?A list of emergency and support resources for sexual violence can be found here.
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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