Four pathways the Community Incident Response Team uses
The Community Incident Response Team (CIRT) coordinates the online incident reporting system and determines which of these four pathways to use to address the reported incidents:
Bias Education Response Team (BERT)
BERT is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental group of faculty and staff who work to address the individual, group, and institutional impacts of comments, behaviors, actions, or practices that are perceived as biased. BERT is managed by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office. Learn more about BERT, its membership, and restorative justice. To contact BERT directly to make a report, email email@example.com.
Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator
The Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator reviews reports of violations of Lesley’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy, Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Policy, Unequal Consensual Relationships Policy, and Community Standards of Conduct. When investigating reports of policy violations, the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator follows the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Resolution Procedure. To contact the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator directly to make a report, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Equal Opportunity and Title IX at Lesley.
Dean of Student Life and Academic Development
The Division of Student Life and Academic Development staff provide support, and serve as resources, to promote student academic success and social happiness. The Dean of Student Life and Academic Development reviews reports under the Student Life Conduct Procedure and the Dean’s Review Process. To learn more about the Student Life Conduct Procedure and Dean’s Review Process, please review the Student Handbook. To contact the Division of Student Life and Academic Development directly to make a report, email email@example.com.
Human Resources Office
The Human Resources Office assists with employee relations, policies and procedures, and training and development, as well as with recruitment and staffing, compensation and benefits, performance evaluations, and organizational planning. Learn more about the Human Resources Office. The Human Resources Office strongly encourages employees to address issues directly with their supervisors. To contact Human Resources directly to make a report, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Response Team's process
The Community Incident Response Team reviews the reported incidents and responds to reporters with the appropriate pathways, resources, and support.
- The reporter gets an automatic response indicating that the report has been received (if the reporter had provided an email address).
- The Community Incident Response Team reviews the report and makes an initial determination of the appropriate pathway for campus response to the report. (Pathways are the Bias Education and Response Team, Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Student Life, or Human Resources.)
- A member of the Response Team contacts the reporter (if the reporter provided their name and contact information).
After consultation with the reporting person(s) or impacted individual(s):
- The campus responding office—one of the four pathways as previously described—initiates an appropriate follow-up process.
- A BERT restorative justice process may be recommended and available to provide support and educational opportunities for all individuals involved.
- Reports of incidents alleging facts that may indicate violations of the Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy, Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Policy, Unequal Consensual Relationships Policy, or Community Standards of Conduct will be reviewed by the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator.
- Faculty & Professional Staff: Human Resources will respond to reports of other concerns about employees.
- Students: The Dean of Student Life will respond to reports of other concerns about students.
The effect of submitting a report:
- Submitting an incident report form does not automatically trigger a formal investigation. Reporting simply means letting the Community Incident Response Team know about something that has occurred.
- Lesley community members may file a formal complaint directly with the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator and this may trigger a formal investigation under the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Resolution Procedure. The Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator can provide more information about formal complaints.
Anonymous reporting option:
- The Community Incident Form provides individuals with the option of reporting incidents anonymously.
- If you submit an anonymous report, the Response Team will not be able to contact you. If you would like a response to your incident report form, include your name and contact information.
- Because the Response Team will be unable to follow up with you if you submit anonymously, they may not be able to take direct action regarding anonymous reports and may not be able to address the impact of the incident. Thus, anonymous reports are generally used only for data gathering purposes.
- However, under certain circumstances, the Response Team may decide to act on an anonymous report, either through an investigatory process, the BERT process, or some other process. The Response Team will weigh the reporting party’s request for anonymity with the University’s commitment to providing a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and bias.