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How does it work?

Loyola Marymount University students are encouraged to report any incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct to the university.

LMU’s jurisdiction extends to student conduct which occurs on university premises — in study abroad programs or at university events, programs or activities, both on and off campus, as well as to other off-campus misconduct which adversely affects the university, students, the university’s reputation or good will and/or the pursuit of the University’s mission, goals and objectives.

There are several ways to report in person:

Students should report all forms of sexual misconduct (student-on-student; student and non-student; faculty/staff-on-student) and interpersonal misconduct to a Student Affairs professional staff member, the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator/EEO Specialist or by filing a report with the LMU Department of Public Safety, (310) 338-2893/222 emergency line on campus).

You can download a record form to your personal device to document what happened and bring that documentation to help you make a report in-person.

Click here for more information about Reporting and your Rights and Responsibilities.

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What happens after I report?

After the initial report:  You have several options. You may:

  1. File a formal complaint with LMU by letting the Title IX Coordinator know that you want to make a formal report and move forward with an investigation.  The Title IX Coordinator will then refer the investigation to the Department of Public Safety.
  2. Report the incident to the police. Some types of unwanted sexual contact are serious criminal offenses, such as sexual battery and rape, and LMU is required to help you report to the police, if you wish. Visit Report to Law Enforcement to learn more.
  3. Request no action. Read more about your rights and protections at LMU. In certain cases an investigation may still occur, read on to learn more about limits of confidentiality. 

What if the perpetrator is not an LMU student? If the perpetrator is not affiliated with LMU, you may still request support from LMU staff and access important resources on campus. However, the school may not be able to take action against the perpetrator.

Read on to learn more about an investigation.

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What is an investigation?

LMU’s investigation process involves a team of highly trained internal investigators.  The investigators may ask you follow up questions, gather evidence, and/or talk to potential witnesses and/or the perpetrator to gather more information. The goal is to complete the investigation and judicial process relating to a Student Conduct Code complaint within 60 days. Any report submitted through Callisto may become part of the investigation record and may be shared with the perpetrator, investigators, or other involved parties.

Is an investigation required? If you do not want there to be a formal investigation, you can let the Title IX Coordinator know in your initial meeting. In certain cases, LMU is required by law to investigate, even if you don’t want a formal investigation. LMU is required to investigate if the incident involved violence, a weapon, if the student who was affected is under 18, or if the incident involved a repeat behavior on behalf of the perpetrator or if there is reason to believe an ongoing threat to the community exists. You don't have to participate if you don’t want to, and LMU is required to make reasonable efforts to protect your confidentiality, but can’t always guarantee it in those cases where an investigation is required.  

Limits of Confidentiality: When LMU is required to investigate (when violence, weapon, student is under 18, repeat perpetration, or behavior suggests an ongoing threat to community), LMU may not be able to keep the identity and information of the reporting student confidential throughout the investigation and judicial processes. You don’t have to participate in the investigation if you don’t want to, but your identity and information may still be shared with the investigation team, Judicial Affairs, perpetrator and perpetrator’s advisor, and other relevant parties.

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Who is involved?

  • Title IX Coordinator: The Title IX Coordinator will be notified that a report of sexual or interpersonal misconduct has been reported.
  • Department of Public Safety:  In any case of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, a report must be filed with DPS about the time, place and manner of the incident, but you do not have to be involved in filing the report, and the report may keep your name and other details confidential. Read on to learn about the limits of confidentiality.
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD): If a student reports an incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct to the Department of Public Safety, DPS will contact law enforcement (typically LAPD) to send an officer to campus to offer the student the opportunity to file a criminal report, launching a formal criminal investigation. DPS and law enforcement officials will assist you in filing an official report, collecting evidence and statements for a criminal case.  You have the right to decline reporting to law enforcement; however, you may choose to file at a later time. You also may choose to pursue a complaint through the University judicial process even if you decline to file a report with law enforcement.
  • Student Affairs Resource Administrator (SARA) – If a student reports an incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, the University will assign the student a SARA.  The SARAs are members of the Division of Student Affairs who are trained to assist the parties in identifying their rights, identifying University and external resources and explaining the University’s judicial process in cases of alleged Student Conduct Code violations relating to sexual and interpersonal misconduct. SARAs provide ongoing support and resources regardless of whether a student chooses to participate in an investigation, the University’s judicial process or report to law enforcement.
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