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.

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Nondiscrimination Notice

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. 

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Support and Services

LSU Health Shreveport is committed to providing confidential, nonjudgmental and appropriate support services. 

CONTACT US

Campus Title IX Coordinator
Office of Legal Affairs and Organizational Integrity
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130
Phone: (318) 675-8387
Email: ejone2@lsuhsc.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to report the crime to receive services?

If you choose to report the crime to law enforcement, a report will be taken at the time of the exam. If you are uncertain about reporting the crime, evidence can be collected and preserved for 30 days should you decide to report the crime and/or prosecute at a later date.

Do I have to report to LSU Health Shreveport University Police?

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.

How can the LSU Health Shreveport Title IX Office help?

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.

How can I preserve physical evidence?

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.

If I file a complaint with LSU Health Shreveport Title IX Office, will the perpetrator be convicted?

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.

Confidential Advisors

Confidential Advisors are persons designated by LSU Health Shreveport and trained in accordance with law who can provide support and advice to students and employees during the complaint process.  Confidential Advisors are available to assist Complainants and Respondents and are authorized to:

* Advise Complainants of, and provide written information regarding, both Complainant's rights and the University's responsibilities regarding orders of protection, no-contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by the University.

* Advise Respondents regarding the PM-73 complaint and investigative process, appeal processes, and potential disciplinary outcomes.

* Serve as a liaison with appropriate staff at the University to arrange reasonable accommodations through the University to allow Complainant to change class schedules, obtain accessibility services, or arrange other accommodations.  The same accommodations that are offered to Complainant may be offered to Respondent.  Requests for accommodations do not trigger an investigation by the University.

* Accompany Complainant or Respondent, when requested to do so by Complainant or Respondent, to interviews and other proceedings of a campus investigation and University disciplinary proceedings.

* Serve as a liaison between Complainant and the University or local law enforcement when directed to do so in writing by Complainant who has been fully and accurately informed about what procedures shall occur if information is shared, and assist Complainant in contacting and reporting to a responsible employee or local law enforcement.

* Confidential Advisors are not obligated to report crimes to the University or law enforcement in a way that identifies Complainant or Respondent, unless otherwise required to do so by law, i.e. crimes involving a minor.

* Confidential Advisors are not authorized to act as a spokesperson for either Complainant or Respondent.

Regardless of how long ago the traumatic event or violent incident occurred, you are encouraged to talk to a Confidential Advisor.  Confidential Advisors at LSU Health Shreveport are:

Michael McGill, MCD, CCC-SLP                 Elizabeth Guice
SAHP Children's Center                              Director of Counseling Services
(318) 813-2965                                            (318) 813-2966
                                                                     EGuice@lsuhsc.edu

April Coutee                                                 Laura Mackowiak
Coordinator, Office of                                   Coordinator, Student Activities
     Graduate Studies                                    (318) 675-5339
(318) 675-7674                                             LMacko@lsuhsc.edu
ACout1@lsuhsc.edu

Dr. Christi Rinaudo                                       Dr. Christopher Schmoutz
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs                    Asst Professor, Department of
(318) 675-4349                                                 Pharmacology, Toxicology
                                                                          & Neuroscience
                                                                      (318) 675-4614
                                                                      CSchm1@lsuhsc.edu

 

 

Bystander Intervention

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

Your intervention can make all the difference.