Help for Students
When you are ready, we welcome you with a safe space to share your story. If you have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, there are people ready to help you, even if you don't want to file a report at this time.
Unless a provider believes you are in extreme danger or a threat to others, these services and resources provide complete confidentiality where nothing will be shared without your explicit consent. If you choose not to disclose to LSU, the university is unable to investigate or take disciplinary action against the respondent (accused person).
- LSU Student Health Center
If you have experienced sexual violence, you are encouraged to see a medical professional to have a forensic exam. These exams are used to preserve possible DNA evidence if you decide to report to the police or file a report. In addition, you may have injuries that are not physically visible, and you may also want to receive STD/STI testing and/or emergency contraception. You have the right to accept or decline any or all parts of the exam or suggested treatment. Medical professionals will help you understand what choices you have about your care.
Important to note: If you are 18 or older, you do not have to report, receive the medical exams, or press charges. If you receive the exam and are unsure whether you want to proceed with reporting or charges, you have 30 days from the exam date to decide.
For evidence collection purposes, you typically have up to 120 hours after an assault to receive a forensic medical exam. During that time, If you receive the exam and are unsure whether you want to proceed with reporting to police, the evidence collection kit will be stored for up to one year.
- LSU Mental Health and Counseling Services
Counseling services are strictly confidential; clinic staff do not report sexual violence incidents to administration.
- The Lighthouse Program
The Lighthouse Program provides free and confidential interpersonal violence prevention, support, and advocacy to the LSU campus community. The program assists student-survivors of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, and harassment.
Your conversation will be kept as private as possible, but some information must be shared with key staff members so the university can offer resources and accommodations and take action, if necessary, for reasons of safety.
- Office of the Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX coordinator's goals are to empower victims and survivors of violent or sexual related crimes to make informed decisions in their healing process. Here you will find support, information on the reporting process, information on safety or protective measures, and direction and information for resources on and around campus to aid in your recovery.
If you don't want anyone to know who you are but you wish to inform someone of an
incident that has happened to you or someone you know, you can submit information
anonymously to LSU Police. Its important to note, with minimal information there might
not be enough evidence to conduct an investigation or look further into the incident.
Submit an anonymous tip to LSU PD