Complaint Procedures for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Independent Investigation

Brandeis has retained two distinguished attorneys to conduct an independent investigation of complaints made against the former men's basketball coach. The investigation will examine the policies and practices followed in this case; policies and procedures more generally; and the wider climate at the university. Please refer to the Independent Investigation website for additional information.

Protected classes

The Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy (PDF) states, "it is essential that Brandeis be free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a 'protected class')."

For acts of discrimination related to race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national or ethnic origin, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status

Students

  • If you are a student reporting discrimination from a staff or faculty member (including visiting faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or graduate students acting in an instructional capacity), call Robin Nelson-Bailey, vice president of human resources and acting Title IX coordinator, at (781) 736-4463.
  • If you are a student reporting discrimination from a student or graduate student, contact the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards at (781) 736-5070.

Staff

  • If you are a staff member reporting discrimination from a staff or faculty member (including visiting faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or graduate students acting in an instructional capacity), call Robin Nelson-Bailey, vice president of human resources and acting Title IX coordinator, at (781) 736-4463.
  • If you are a staff member reporting discrimination from a student or graduate student, contact the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards at (781) 736-5070.

Faculty

  • If you are a faculty member reporting discrimination from a staff or faculty member (including visiting faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or graduate students acting in an instructional capacity), call Robin Nelson-Bailey, vice president of human resources and acting Title IX coordinator, at (781) 736-4463.
  • If you are a faculty member reporting discrimination from a student or graduate student, contact the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards at (781) 736-5070.

For acts of discrimination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sex, and/or sexual orientation

If you are a student, staff, or faculty member reporting rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, stalking, or other sex offenses, call Public Safety at:

(781) 736-3333

Robin Nelson-Bailey is the vice president of human resources and acting Title IX coordinator. She is available to meet with students, staff, and faculty and receives complaints of sexual misconduct and gender bias. She oversees the University’s investigation and resolution of all Title IX complaints.

Robin Nelson-Bailey:

Additionally, the Office of Prevention Services and the Brandeis Rape Crisis Center are readily available, confidential resources:

Please also see the Resource Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors (PDF).

An off-campus, confidential source of help is the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center:

Reporting Acts of Violence

If you are a student, staff, or faculty member of the Brandeis community reporting any act of physical or sexual violence, whenever possible for you, call Public Safety at (781) 736-3333.

After you call, then what? The process:

On-campus resources

Students please see page 18 of the Student Rights and Responsibilities (PDF).

Staff and faculty, please see our problem resolution and appeal procedure (PDF) for Brandeis University's problem resolution process. 

Off-campus resources

University Ombuds
The Ombuds office operates within the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and is available to all members of the Brandeis community. Members of the University Ombuds staff are a confidential, independent, impartial and informal resource for all of the Brandeis Community (including undergrad and grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and anyone engaged with Brandeis University). Ombuds staff also operate outside of official or sanctioned university processes. Our office is located in the University Library, and we are available by appointment.
(781) 736-2265 or you can email us to schedule a meeting.
http://www.brandeis.edu/ombuds/

Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place
Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6000

436 Dwight St. Room 220
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 739-2145
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Boston Area Office
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
Government Center 4th Floor,
Room 475
Boston, MA 02203
(617) 565-3200, TTY: (617) 565-3204
http://www.eeoc.gov/