At Lesley, we take sexual assault very seriously. We take prompt and effective steps to end sexual assault and misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, whether or not the sexual misconduct is the subject of a criminal investigation.
We follow university policies and procedures when investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, even if the allegation is the subject of a criminal investigation.
A criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve Lesley of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.
The university takes steps to provide interim safeguards and supportive measures, supports on campus, and referrals for off-campus resources. Retaliation against anyone reporting sexual misconduct or against anyone who provides information about sexual misconduct is strictly prohibited.
Lesley follows the Complaint Resolution Procedure in resolving sexual misconduct matters.
What is Lesley’s definition of consent to have sexual contact?
- Consent means an affirmative, voluntary, and mutual agreement to have sexual contact.
- Consent must be expressed by outward demonstration; verbally or non-verbally, in a way that is mutually understandable.
- Consent means agreeing to participate in a particular sexual activity without any coercion, force, fear, or intimidation.
- Silence is not consent.
- Lack of resistance is not consent.
- Consent can be revoked at any time; a person can change her or his mind about continuing with the sexual contact at any step along the way.
- Revocation of consent must be expressed by outward demonstration; verbally or non-verbally, in a way that is mutually understandable.
- Consent can never be assumed, even in an established romantic relationship.
It is against the law and against Lesley University's Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence policy to have sexual contact with someone who does not give his or her consent.
Consent can never be given by someone who is:
- Under the statutory age of consent (in Massachusetts that is age 16)
- Incapacitated due to drugs, alcohol, or any other cause
Watch this video for animation of consent.