Talk to Someone

Understanding Confidentiality

You may want to talk with a trusted someone about what happened: a friend, advisor, supervisor, instructor, etc. To help ensure a safe and supportive campus environment, LSU has enforced obligatory reporting by Responsible Employees of sexual misconduct on campus, so you should know about how to seek confidential support.

Know that there are some individuals on campus who are permitted to keep the information you share confidential while others (most university employees, including Teaching Assistants and Residential Assistants) are mandated to report incidents of sexual assault to the university.

Privacy means that information related to a report of misconduct will be shared with a limited circle of individuals who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, resolution of the report, and related issues. Information provided to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to facilitate an investigation and/or seek a resolution.

Confidential Resources

With few exceptions, the following confidential resources are not mandated to report or disclose information to the university/Title IX office:

  • 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. 
  • LSU Student Health Center
    • LSU Mental Health and Counseling Services
      Counseling services are strictly confidential; clinic staff do not report sexual violence incidents to administration.
    • Medical Clinic
      If you have experienced sexual violence, you are encouraged to see a medical professional to have a forensic exam. Important to note: If you are 18 or older, you do not have to report, receive the medical exams, or press charges. 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.

Confidential Support

Most faculty and staff are considered Mandatory Reporters meaning they must file a report with the Title IX Office when they become aware either through a direct statement from a survivor or is a witness to an incident of power-based violence. They are obligated to let the Title IX Office know so that someone can reach out to you to help identify supportive measures that are available to you.

There are some exceptions of individuals who are confidential by reasons of their job and the law. You can contact any of the following people on campus and talk confidentially with them and they do not have to file a report.

  • Mental Health Counselors when they are providing services within the scope of their licensure at the time of the report;
  • Student Health Center Staff when they are providing services at the time of the report;
  • Psychological Services Center or any other HIPPA protected center when they are providing services within the scope of their licensure at the time of the report;
  • Clergy when they are acting within the scope of their credentials at the time of the report.

Additionally, LSU is committed to providing victims and survivors of power-based trauma with confidential support and resources outside of health and religious related settings. We are in the process of identifying and training other faculty and staff to serve in these roles. We will have those names and contact information available on this website by the first day of classes in the fall.

Non-confidential On-campus Resources

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 Civil Rights and Title IX 
    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. 
  • Student Advocacy & Accountability
  • Ombudsperson
  • LSU Police

Designated Advisors

You have the right to have an advisor of your choice with you at all meetings and proceedings. This Advisor may be, but is not required to be, an attorney. Once you share the name of your advisor with the Title IX Coordinator your Advisor will be copied on all information sent to you.

If you prefer, the Office of Title IX can assign to you at no cost to you an Advisor who has been trained in the Title IX process at LSU. The people in this Resolution Process Pool are faculty, staff, or administrators who are recruited and selected because of their ability to remain neutral and open-minded. They are available to serve as an Advisor for the survivor or for the alleged perpetrator. If you would like to be assigned an Advisor, please contact Asha Murphy in the Office of Title IX. She can be reached at avyas2@lsu.edu or 225-578-3328.

Off-campus Resources

In addition to on-campus resources, there are several local and national options that provide support and guidance to individuals who have experience sexual harassment and/or any form of sexual misconduct.

Local

National

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)