Regis prohibits individuals from retaliating against a person who makes a complaint of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Regis further prohibits individuals from retaliating against anyone providing assistance with such a complaint or participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to employment or education.
Gender discrimination is any harassing or disparate treatment based on gender, sex-stereotyping, sexual orientation, or gender identity, which limits or denies a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from Regis educational programs, employment, activities, or services.
Consent is mutual permission between partners. To consent to something, such as a sexual act, means a person knowingly and willingly agrees to the act. A person cannot give consent if he/she is incapacitated by substances, if they are unconscious, or if they are asleep.
Sexual misconduct is a broad term referring to non-consensual sexual activity including, but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct can occur between people who know or do not know each other, who are or are not in a relationship, who have previously had consensual sex, people who work together, or others. Sexual misconduct may be committed by or against people of all genders.
Rape and Indecent Assault Rape is the penetration of any bodily orifice by any part of the body, or by an object, performed against the person’s will, without consent, and with the threat of or actual use of force. Under Massachusetts law, both men and women may be the victims of rape, and both may be the perpetrators of a rape. Rape may occur when the victim is unable to give consent (as is the case when he or she is intoxicated or unconscious). Rape may occur between people who know each other, and between people who have previously had consensual sexual relations. Indecent assault and battery is intentional physical contact of a sexual nature without consent. This may include, but is not limited to, touching a woman’s breasts or an individual’s genital area or buttocks.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual conduct that limits or denies a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from Regis educational programs, employment, activities, or services. Sexual harassment may include incidents between any members of the Regis community, including faculty, staff, coaches, students, or non-student or non-employee participants in Regis activities, such as vendors, contractors, or guests. Sexual harassment may occur in hierarchical relationships, between peers, or between persons of the same sex or opposite sex. Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to: lewd or sexually suggestive comments, explicit requests for sexual favors, unwelcome touching, off-color language or jokes of a sexual nature, slurs and other verbal, graphic or physical conduct relative to an individual’s gender, or any display of sexually explicit material.
Sexual exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual sexual advantage of another individual for the personal benefit of the alleged offender or for the personal benefit of another. Sexual exploitation includes non-consensual sexual activity that does not otherwise satisfy the definitions of sexual assault or sexual harassment. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to, the following:
Domestic violence is any act between family or household members which involves physical harm or the attempt of physical harm; places another in imminent fear of serious physical harm, or; causes another to engage in sexual relations without their consent. Family or household members include persons who are or were married; reside in the same household; are related by blood or marriage; have a child in common, or; are or have been involved in a substantial dating relationship.
Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the reporting party. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Stalking is 1) willfully and maliciously engaging in a pattern of conduct or series of acts towards a person which alarms or annoys that person and causes substantial emotional distress and 2) making a threat intending to place the person in imminent fear of death or injury.
For more information on policies or processes, please visit the Regis Student Handbook.