Who can submit a complaint, who must report a complaint, and against whom may a complaint be submitted?
A discrimination or harassment complaint may be submitted by an employee or student. A complaint may be filed against anyone in the Lesley community: faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae, vendors, contractors, consultants, guests, and visitors. In certain circumstances, the Coordinator may proceed with an investigation even if no written complaint is filed.
All employees (faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff) must report to the Coordinator (or any of the people or offices listed below) if they witness or receive complaints of discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence. In cases alleging sexual violence, employees are considered “responsible employees” under federal guidance.
The University requires employees and encourages students to notify the Coordinator (or any of the people or offices listed below) about discrimination or harassment at field training sites or internship sites.
The University encourages former employees, former students, and third parties, who have information about possible misconduct by members of the Lesley community or on the Lesley campus, to inform the Coordinator (or any of the people or offices listed below) so that the University may consider the information in assessing whether to take preventive or corrective action.
The Complaint Resolution Procedures do not apply to information submitted by or against persons who are not employees or students, unless the University in its discretion finds it appropriate to apply the Complaint Resolution Procedures in a particular set of circumstances.
The University retains the right to determine whether to address a report of misconduct outside of the Complaint Resolution Procedures in circumstances when the safety of the University community is at risk, if the material facts are undisputed, if there are extenuating circumstances involving any of the persons involved, or if the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator, in consultation with appropriate administrators, determines it is in the best interest of the University and/or the community to do so.
For purposes of this Resolution Procedure, persons who submit complaints of harassment or discrimination on behalf of themselves or others are referred to as “Reporters.”
Report incidents of discrimination and harassment to:
Dr. Anita Poole-Endsley
Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Public Safety Office
34 Mellen Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Reports of discrimination and harassment may also be made to the police by calling 911.
Lesley University encourages anyone who has been subject to discrimination or harassment to report it immediately; delayed reporting may diminish the University’s ability to investigate and respond effectively to the report.
Lesley takes steps to provide a prompt and effective response to all reports of sexual violence about which it becomes aware, whether or not a complaint is filed. If one of the persons or offices listed above receives a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, that person or office must promptly notify the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator.
In the case of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, Lesley University assists complainants in notifying law enforcement authorities if they choose to do so. Complainants have the right not to notify law enforcement authorities; however, the University may in some cases have an obligation to report certain incidents to law enforcement authorities. Preserving evidence may be important to future criminal, civil, or disciplinary proceedings including, where necessary, to obtaining protection orders.