At Lesley University, we take sexual assault very seriously.
We take prompt and corrective steps to end sexual misconduct and assault and their injurious effects. We strive to prevent its occurrence in the first place through the education of our community. When investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, we follow through on our enforcement of Lesley University policies and procedures even if the allegation is the subject of a criminal investigation.
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.
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 their mind about continuing with 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 their consent.
Consent can never be given by someone who is:
- Under the statutory age of consent (in Massachusetts, a minor is defined as a person younger than 16 years of age)
- Incapacitated due to drugs, alcohol, or any other cause