Frequently Asked Questions
Consent cannot be given by a person impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
Consent can change at any time during an interaction.
Consent must be without coercion or manipulation.
Silence may not in and of itself constitute consent. Only yes means yes.
Past consent of sexual activity does not imply future, ongoing consent.
Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and any other behavior of a sexual nature that is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive. See our definitions page for other terminology.
We can connect you to a number of support options available on campus including help with academic problems, class schedules, housing arrangements, transportation, and assistance in receiving health and counseling services. You are NOT required to provide additional information about the incident or participate in a university investigation in order to receive services. Our primary goal is to help, and we will always respect your decision to share, or not share, any aspect of your situation with us.
If you report an incident of prohibited conduct to LSU, a member of the Title IX team will receive it and work with you to evaluate your care and support needs and discuss your options under university policy.
LSU's Title IX coordinator determines whether the complaint necessitates an investigation. In many cases, an investigation is conducted following a report of sexual violence or harassment. You may request that the university not investigate the incident further or pursue disciplinary action against the respondent/accused. You may also request that your name not be disclosed to the respondent.
Most institutions, police departments, and community agencies will allow you to submit an anonymous report. However, please be aware that reporting anonymously may limit the actions the organization can take on your behalf.
Yes, you have several options for keeping this person from contacting you. If the other party is an LSU student or employee, the university can issue a no-contact directive to the respondent/accused, which prohibits them from having verbal, physical, or written contact with you for a definite or indefinite period of time.
In addition, you can receive help from the court. Even without a formal report to law enforcement, students may be eligible for legal court orders that can provide a higher level of protection, which include restraining orders and stalking orders. Obtaining these orders from the court is free, and we can help explain the process and accompany you to get the orders if you would like that support.
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