Resources for individuals who are being sexually harassed
What should I do if I am sexually harassed? The FAQ titled “What Should I Do if I am Sexually Assaulted?” is specific to actions to take if you have experienced sexual violence. An individual, however, can be sexually harassed even if he/she has not experienced sexual violence. For example, someone may have made unwelcome sexual advances, requested sexual favors, spread sexual rumors about you, made lewd remarks about you or someone else, displayed sexually-explicit pictures, or stalked you. If you have experienced non-violent sexual harassment, you may have questions regarding what actions and services are available to you.
1. Who can I report sexual harassment to at Lesley University? 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 are available even if an individual chooses 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, providing an escort, and increasing security in certain locations. 2. What should I do if I want the sexual harassment 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. 3. 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. 4. What should I do if I want to report the sexual harassment 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. 5. What is retaliation?
6. 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.com Title IX Coordinator: 617.349.8507; firstname.lastname@example.org Public (Campus) Safety: 617.349.8888 7. What are the emergency and support resources for sexual harassment?A list of the 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. Barbara "B.J." Addison ReidDirector of Equal Opportunity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
Office of the PresidentLesley University29 Everett StreetCambridge MA. 02138Direct: 617.349.8507
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