School Policies

LMU Definitions

The LMU Definitions website includes a list of terms as described in the LMU Student-on-Student Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy.

Consent is also defined in more detail.

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LMU Policies

Loyola Marymount University recognizes the significant, unacceptable and nationwide existence of sexual and interpersonal misconduct on college campuses. LMU is dedicated to the prevention of such misconduct and to providing a caring, supportive and effective response when such misconduct occurs. Accordingly, LMU encourages Students and University community members to report such misconduct so that the University can take appropriate responsive action. The Student-on-Student Sexual & Interpersonal Misconduct Policy covers the procedures and actions the University will take when notified of sexual or interpersonal misconduct.

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Your Title IX Rights

Title IX is a federal law that protects students against sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence regardless of the student’s real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment or sexual violence you have an additional set of rights and protections under Title IX. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681)

Your school must:

  • Have a clear published procedure for responding to reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence.
  • Have a Title IX Coordinator to handle complaints. The Coordinator’s contact information should be readily available.
  • Inform you of your reporting options, including notifying you of your right to report to the police and supporting you through this process should you choose to do so.
  • Allow you to have an advisor you choose present throughout the process.
  • Allow you to present evidence against the perpetrator(s) and/or bring in witnesses.
  • Give you timely access to any information that will be used in a hearing.
  • Allow you to attend any pre-hearing meetings that would give you and the perpetrator(s) a chance to testify.
  • Provide you with any final decision made as the result of a hearing in writing at the same time as the perpetrator(s), and allow you to appeal that decision.
  • Use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard when determining the outcome of a complaint. This means the perpetrator(s) should be found responsible if the investigation shows it is more likely than not that the violence occurred.
  • Support you in obtaining a no-contact order that prevents the perpetrator from contacting or interacting with you, whether directly or indirectly. The Department of Public Safety should enforce any no-contact order obtained.
  • Make any reasonable changes to your housing, class schedule, campus job, and/or extracurricular activity schedule to enable you to continue your education in a non-hostile environment. The changes can be in place before, during, and after a complaint is filed, investigated, and adjudicated.
  • Protect you from retaliation or harassment of any kind due to your report.

Your school may not:

  • Force you to report to the police.
  • Discourage you from continuing to pursue your education. This includes telling you to take a leave of absence or to drop a club or class.
  • Wait to conduct an investigation until the conclusion of an ongoing legal investigation.
  • Retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
  • Make you sign a non-disclosure agreement for the result of the hearing.
  • Use mediation instead of a formal disciplinary process in cases of sexual violence. 

If you believe your Title IX rights have been or are being violated, you can contact your Title IX Coordinator and/or report to the Department of Education at [email protected].

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