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. LSUHSC-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. LSUHSC-S 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. LSUHSC-S considers sex discrimination and sexual misconduct in all of its forms to be serious offenses. LSUHSC-S is also committed to ending sexual violence, and therefore, encourages you to report and cooperate with the appropriate parties when reporting sexual misconduct.

Nondiscrimination Notice

LSUHSC-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. For further information, see Administrative Directive 6.2.

Support and Services

LSUHSC-S is committed to providing confidential, nonjudgmental and appropriate support services. For additional information, please refer to the Resources tab on the upper left side of your screen.

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 LSUHSC-Shreveport University Police?

You have the option of filing a police report with LSUHSC-S UPD 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 LSUHSC-S Title IX Office help?

If the perpetrator of the assault is an LSUHSC-S 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 (please see related tab to the upper left of your screen) to discuss your case; however, LSUHSC-S 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 LSUHSC-S’s Title IX Office, will the perpetrator be convicted?

The LSUHSC-S 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.