Rights and Options
Sexual assault, dating & domestic violence, and stalking are against the law and against Brandeis University policy. Below you will find links to the different policies and laws that might apply to an experience you or a loved one had. We hope that understanding these policies and laws might help you decide if you want to report and to whom you want to report. Usually, you can report to both the school and to law enforcement, but that doesn't mean you have to. We are here for you if you want help making that decision.
Brandeis University Policies
Brandeis has multiple policies that prohibit sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking by and against our community members. Which policy comes into play often depends on who was involved — students, faculty, staff, or campus visitors. Below are links to the policies under which you might be interested in filing a report. An Advocate from PARC would be happy to help you with questions about these policies or support for filing.
- Brandeis University Sexual Misconduct Policy — this policy covers the actions of all Brandeis University students, undergraduate and graduate, no matter where they were when the action occurred.
- Brandeis University Student Rights and Responsibilities — this policy covers the actions of all Brandeis University students, undergraduate and graduate, no matter where they were when the action occurred.
- Brandeis University Employee Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy — this policy applies to the behavior of all Brandeis University employees — faculty and staff — whether on- or off-campus.
- Brandeis University Employee Sexual Harassment Policy — this policy prohibits employees from sexually harassing other employees and/or students.
- Sexual and Domestic Violence — legal definitions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These will apply to violence that happened in Massachusetts. If the violence you or a loved one experienced happened somewhere else, those local laws will apply. Those laws might be different.
- Massachusetts law about rape and sexual assault — this list offers more specific cases and legal precedents about how sexual assault and rape cases in Massachusetts have been prosecuted.
- Massachusetts law about domestic violence — this list offers more specific cases and legal precedents about how domestic violence cases in Massachusetts have been prosecuted.
- Massachusetts law about harassment, stalking, or intentional infliction of emotional distress — this list offers more specific cases and legal precedents about how stalking cases in Massachusetts have been prosecuted.