Bentley is firmly committed to establishing a supportive environment for students who have questions about acts of sexual misconduct including sexual assault. These and other acts of misconduct affect individuals and the greater Bentley community and include: sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexual violence (i.e., sexual assault and non-consensual sexual touching, forcible or not), relationship abuse (including domestic violence and dating violence), voyeurism, and stalking. We focus on community wide education, supportive services, promotion of resources for survivors and allies, and strong Title IX policies and responses.
If you have been sexually assaulted, or are unclear about whether sexual misconduct occurred, please keep the following in mind:
- This is NOT your fault.
- You are NOT alone. There are people here to help, including Confidential Staff and Resource Advocates—speaking with these campus professionals does not initiate an investigation.
- There are policies and procedures in place to support you.
- There are supportive resources at Bentley and in the surrounding community.
- If you do not feel safe, you can call University Police 24/7 at 781.891.3131.
Find more information if:
- You have been raped or sexually assaulted.
- You are an ally, friend, or family member.
- You are staff or faculty looking for information to support a student.
- You are looking for information about recovery after a sexual assault.
- You are looking for resources on and off campus.
Sexual Assault Defined
Sexual assault is a violation of University policy as well as federal and state statutes. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines sexual assault as “any sexual activity that is forced, coerced, or unwanted” and refers to the crimes of rape and indecent assault and battery. Bentley University adheres to the following definitions or rape and indecent assault and battery:
- Rape includes penetration (oral, anal, or vaginal) of any orifice with any object without effective consent.
- Indecent Assault and Battery includes non-consensual sexual contact without penetration.
The severity of the crime is the same whether the responding party is a stranger or known to the reporting party. All students, faculty, and staff should be aware that the University is prepared to respond to any incidents of sexual assault. Individuals who commit sexual assaults will be subject to disciplinary action that can include suspension or expulsion from Bentley, as well as civil and criminal penalties.