Sexual Assault/ Violence/ Harassment Procedures

Loyola University New Orleans is an educational environment dedicated to fostering intellectual achievement, personal development, social responsibility, and is committed to the human dignity and worth of every person. Loyola University New Orleans does not tolerate sexual misconduct, including assault or rape, both of which violate Loyola University New Orleans’ Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Louisiana Criminal Code. Members of the Loyola community, guests and visitors have the right to be free of sexual violence. Members of the Loyola community are expected to conduct themselves in a way that does not violate the rights of others.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal funding. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, housing, athletics, and employment. For a list of acts that qualify as Title IX, please click here.

If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination on the basis of sex or are aware of discrimination occurring, Loyola encourages you to report the incident to University Police and/or the University Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators. For more information about what to do, reporting options, and resources, please visit the Office of Student Affairs Sexual Misconduct webpage or the University Title IX webpage.

Definitions

Intimate Partner Violence: “Domestic and Dating Violence” is defined as abusive behavior, including threats, verbal and/or emotional abuse, and physical assault, between persons in an intimate and/or dating relationship. Examples of domestic violence include, but are not limited to, intimidation, threats, and physical harm. Preventing a partner from making contact with others among the partner’s family, friends, or peer group also falls within this definition. This includes behavior toward another person when the intimate and/or sexual relationship has ended.

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, or services, or academic status; or Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual used as a basis for employment, or services, or academic decisions affecting him or her; or Such conduct, whether verbal or physical, has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual’s work or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, service or educational environment.

Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse and Sexual Conduct: Any sexual behavior including sexual intercourse or attempted intercourse without consent, including rape, attempted rape, molestation, and other cases where the victim is unable to refuse or effectively consent to sexual advances. The definition applies regardless of whether the alleged assailant is a stranger or an acquaintance. Examples include, but are not limited to, forced insertion, oral copulation, rape by foreign object, sodomy and unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification. Sexual intercourse is defined as anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger or inanimate object.

Stalking: Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their own safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. A course of conduct means two or more acts in which a person directly, indirectly or through third parties, by any action, method, device or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person or interferes with a person’s property. Stalking includes, but is not limited to, the intentional and repeated uninvited presence of the alleged perpetrator at another’s home, workplace, school, or any place which would cause a reasonable person to be alarmed, or to suffer emotional distress as a result of verbal or behaviorally implied threats of death, bodily injury, or sexual assault.

Sexual Exploitation: Taking nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for one’s own advantage or benefit, or to benefit a person other than the one being exploited. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: Intentionally exposing a private or intimate part of one’s body in a lewd manner; Committing any other lewd act in a public place; Prostituting another student; Non-consensual video or audio recording of sexual activity; Exceeding the boundaries of explicit consent, such as allowing friends to hide in a closet to witness one’s consensual sexual activity; Engaging in non-consensual voyeurism; and/or Knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted disease/infection or HIV to another student.
Sexual Verbal Abuse: Language that is sexual in nature and unwanted on the part of another person. Examples include, but are not limited to, obscene telephone calls and use of written and/or oral communication that would be considered obscene.

Procedures

If you are sexually assaulted:

1. Insure your physical safety.

2. Do not shower until medical examination is completed. Store your clothing/undergarments in a paper bag or similar breathable container. Do not store clothing in a plastic or other airtight container.

3. Obtain medical treatment. Even if you do not think that you have been physically injured, medical assistance is important for two reasons:
a. to test for exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and internal injuries.
b. to gather physical evidence for use in a criminal investigation. Medical assistance from the Student Health Center and the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans are recommended.

If you decide to pursue criminal charges, the procedures are as follows:

1. Call University Police and/or the New Orleans Police Department or sheriff's office for assistance and to report the incident. Once reported, a full police investigation will follow. Victims may utilize both the university ajudication system and the criminal justice system to confront the actions of the attacker. In the event that the victim is female, all efforts will be made to have a female LUPD officer present upon request.

2. Seek emotional support from friends, relatives, and counselors. Counseling for survivors of sexual assault is available through the University Counseling Center. Additional supports include trained Advocates. University Ministry staff, or community-based centers such as the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and the Crescent House.

3. Decide if you will file a police report and/or press charges. Although this is always the sole decision of the victim, we encourage you to report the crime. Even if you do not wish to press criminal charges, informing the police/authorities may help them in future investigation and ultimately may protect others from being victimized. The University Police will provide assistance in notifying the appropriate off-campus law enforcement agency and assist in the investigation where possible, if you so choose.

4. Seek assistance from the Office of Student Affairs if you need emergency housing or if you must change your on-campus living arrangements.

5. Contact your dean’s office for assistance with academic problems resulting from the assault.

If you decide to pursue campus disciplinary action:

1. University Police will send a written report of the incident to the Office of Student Affairs. A disciplinary hearing will then be scheduled.

2. Both the accuser and the accused may have an advisor present with them throughout the proceedings.

3. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed in writing of the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings and the sanction administered, if any, within three (3) working days.

4. An interim restraining order, prohibiting parties involved in the disciplinary proceeding from intentionally contacting, telephoning, or otherwise disturbing the accuser or others specifically named, may be issued by the Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee for a period of no longer than seven (7) days.

5. If this person is found responsible the board will impose sanctions (suspension or expulsion from the university).

  • Title IX: this Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities including sexual harassment or sexual violence. It is also prohibited by the University and the University encourages you to report the incident. For information and support: (click here)

Information on Legal Protective Orders issued by the courts: (Click Here)