Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Title IX Staff

Brianna E. Williams, JD

Title IX Coordinator
(318) 473-6558
TitleIXCoordinator@lsua.edu
Office: Coughlin Hall 152

Kristen Meche-Miller

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(318) 473-6402
kmiller@lsua.edu
Office: Abrams Hall 115

On Campus Resources

Student Services

LSUA Campus - Student Center Counseling Services
West Wing, Room W206
(318) 767-2604

LSUA Health Center

LSUA Campus - Coughlin Hall
East Wing
(318) 427-0140

University Police

8210 Tom Bowman Drive
(318) 473-6410
universitypolice@lsua.edu

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Louisiana State University of Alexandria is committed to providing confidential, nonjudgmental and appropriate support services for all sexual assault survivors, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ability, or whether or not they report the crime. In addition, the University has a vested interest in obtaining an accurate account of the number of sexual assaults occurring on- or off-campus involving student survivors.

The term survivor will be used to refer to someone who has directly experienced a sexual assault. We acknowledge that the person has survived the incident and is beginning the path toward recovery. The term student-at-risk will refer to a student who is in an abusive/violent dating relationship, who is experiencing further abuse after terminating the relationship, or who is being stalked. 

We're Committed
LSUA is committed to ending sexual violence, and creating and maintaining a community of respect. Every employee on campus is committed to helping students report a violation and seek guidance. In return, LSUA encourages you to report and cooperate with the appropriate parties when reporting a sexual harassment complaint.

Confidential Campus Advisors

Confidential Advisors are specially trained University personnel who can provide confidential guidance and support to LSU students who have directly experienced interpersonal violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, and stalking) or who want to help a friend in need. 

Regardless of how long ago the traumatic event or violent incident occurred, you are encouraged to talk to a Confidential Advisor. 

The period after a traumatic event can be confusing. Lighthouse Advocates ensure that no survivor or student-at-risk has to navigate the medical, legal, mental health, or University system alone. 

Confidential Advisors will provide survivors and students-at-risk with options for recovery, including assistance with:

  • Filing a police report
  • Filing a University judicial report
  • Obtaining medical care
  • Obtaining emotional support
  • Arranging safe housing

Confidential Advisors

 

Janice Miller
(318) 473-6532
jmiller@lsua.edu
Student Center, Office #210

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Rafael Ernesto Romero Moreno
(318) 473-6561
rromero@lsua.edu
Student Center, Office #209

 

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Innerarity
(318) 427-4459
jennifert@lsua.edu
Mulder Hall, Office #327

 

Dr. Cynthia Thomas
(318) 427-4481
cthomas@lsua.edu
Mulder Hall, Office #339

Medical Options:

The first 96 hours after an assault are critical to the preservation and collection of forensic evidence. It is also a critical time for medical treatment for potential pregnancy or transmission of infections. Survivors are often scared to have the forensic exam because they are unsure about what will happen, particularly regarding filing a police report and pressing charges. However, without a forensic exam conducted in the first 96 hours, crucial evidence could be lost and the survivor's legal case may be significantly weakened. A police report will be taken at the time of the exam and the state will follow through with investigating the crime. If a survivor is unsure about whether or not to press charges, the state will hold the forensic evidence for 30 days. 

To preserve the 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 survivor doesn't 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" evidence.

To preserve the crime scene:
The space where the assault occurred is considered a crime scene. The police will gather additional evidence from the scene once charges are filed. If the assault occurred in a residence hall or other building on campus. Housing relocation is an option for any survivor who lives on-campus. 

Non-Forensic Care:
It is recommended that a survivor get medical attention even if s/he decides not to have a forensic exam. The survivor may seek treatment through her/his private physician or the Student Health Center. Treatment options can include emergency contraception and testing/treatment for potential sexually transmitted infections. 

Legal Options:
Sexual Assault Survivors have the option of processing their case through the civil and/or criminal judicial system. Cases can be processed through each system concurrently or separately. To prosecute a sexual assault or dating violence crime or to get a protective order through the civil or criminal system, it's best to consult with law enforcement.

University Judicial System:
The University Judicial system is designed to be educational in nature and can only affect the accused student's status as a University student. A student who is found in violation of Student code of conduct cannot be sent to jail through the University judicial process.  However, the student can potentially be suspended or expelled, among other sanctions, if found responsible for violating any University Policies. 

To file a complaint, contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. A formal complaint must be filed in order for the University to investigate the allegation. However, a survivor may meet with any of the confidential advisors to ask questions without filing a formal complaint.