Title IX & Sexual Misconduct
Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender. LSU Health Shreveport is committed to providing a learning and working environment that promotes integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual misconduct, which includes sex discrimination, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and retaliation. LSU Health Shreveport prohibits sex discrimination and sexual misconduct without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.
Sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct violate an individual’s fundamental rights and personal integrity. LSU Health Shreveport considers sex discrimination and sexual misconduct in all of its forms to be serious offenses. LSU Health Shreveport is also committed to ending sexual violence, and therefore, encourages you to report and cooperate with the appropriate parties when reporting sexual misconduct.
LSU Health Shreveport does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran’s status in its programs and activities; and it provides equal access to its programs and activities.
Support and Services
LSU Health Shreveport is committed to providing confidential, nonjudgmental and appropriate support services.
- Do I have to report the crime to receive services?
- Do I have to report to LSU Health Shreveport University Police?
- How can the LSU Health Shreveport Title IX Office help?
- How can I preserve physical evidence?
- If I file a complaint with LSU Health Shreveport Title IX Office, will the perpetrator be convicted?
- Confidential Advisors
You have the option of filing a police report with LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department if the assault occurred on campus. Assaults that occur off campus can be reported to the law enforcement agency serving the area where the assault occurred. Even though police logs are public records, your name can be withheld to maintain your privacy.
If the perpetrator of the assault is an LSU Health Shreveport student, employee or campus visitor, you have the option of filing a complaint with the Title IX Office for violation of the sexual misconduct policy. It helps to have already filed a report with the police, but it is not absolutely necessary. You can choose to meet with a Confidential Advisor ( to discuss your case; however, LSU Health Shreveport cannot move forward with an investigation without an official complaint on file.
Do not bathe or douche. Do not brush teeth or ingest food/beverages. Do not change clothes if possible, and do not wash the clothes worn at the time of the assault. Those clothes are considered forensic evidence and will be collected by the forensic examiner at the hospital. If a victim of assault does not want to wear those clothes to the hospital, s/he can take them to the hospital in a paper bag. Do not use a plastic bag because it may “break down” the evidence.
The LSU Health Shreveport judicial system is designed to be educational in nature and can only affect the accused student/employee’s status on campus. A student or employee who is found to be in violation of PM-73 and/or the code of conduct cannot be sent to jail through the University judicial process. However, the student/employee can potentially be suspended or expelled/terminated, among other sanctions, if found responsible for violating any University policy.
To file a complaint, please see the Reporting tab on the upper left side of your screen. Once the complaint form has been completed, please deliver it to the Title IX office as instructed at the bottom of the complaint form.
Bystander intervention is about preventing and de-escalating potentially violent incidents. It is the willingness to take action and help someone in time of need.
Why we talk about the bystander…
- We all witness language and behavior that can be defined as hurtful, harmful, or potentially illegal
- Makes everyone part a successful intervention strategy and approach to prevention
- Bystanders can elicit social influence and exert positive peer pressure (Social Norms)
Bystander Approach: Proactive
When: Before a person has acquired risk factors for perpetrating or before abuse has occurred.
Focus on: Individuals, Communities, Organizations, Systems or Social Norms
Did you know?
According to the NSRV, 1 out of 4 women on all college campuses across the US will be victims of Dating/Intimate Partner Violence.
Dating and Intimate Partner Violence can take the form of:
- Physical violence
- Verbal abuse, sexual pressure, rape
- Psychological abuse
- Financial or religious control