Getting Help: For Faculty and Staff
LMU is committed to protecting our campus community from sexual and interpersonal misconduct as well as ensuring that resources are available to support any community member. Faculty and staff members are often a first point of contact for students in the reporting process, and having the correct information and tools for support is critical.
A student may come to you seeking emotional support, requesting extensions for assignments or examinations, or looking for resources. The incident they disclose may have been recent, in the past or even ongoing. The best way you can assist them is to listen without judgment, to provide support and to direct them to resources.
Please remember that every LMU faculty and administrative staff member is considered a “responsible employee” under law and must timely report all cases of sexual or interpersonal misconduct that are brought to them (except for some crimes reportable under the Cleary Act) to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), who will then report it to the Title IX Coordinator and Judicial Affairs.
Merely reporting to any other faculty or staff member, even a department head, is not sufficient.
Before a student reveals any information to you that he or she may want to keep confidential, you should make every effort to ensure that he or she understands the following:
- Your obligation to report the incident to DPS who will investigate and disclose to the Title IX Coordinator and Judicial Affairs the identities of the parties involved, as well as other facts that you are told about the date, time and location of the incident
- The student can request that LMU maintains confidentiality during the investigation, which the Title IX Coordinator will take into consideration
- The student can speak on a confidential basis to Student Psychological Services, the Student Health Center, pastoral counselors, and LMU Community Resource Advisors (CRAs), as well as off-campus crisis centers and hotlines.
Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible: all persons who make a complaint or who are involved in an investigation are bound by rules of confidentiality. However, LMU reserves the right to share information regarding a case of sexual misconduct on a need-to-know basis.
In the event that a student comes to you reporting a case of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you still have a legal obligation to report to DPS who will disclose the information to the University’s Title IX Coordinator— even if the student requests confidentiality.
How to Report Student-on-Student Misconduct
All reports should be made to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (310) 338-2893 x1, or by dialing extension 222 from any campus phone. Even if you are unsure if what you have heard or witnessed constitutes sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you should still contact DPS so that they can determine a necessary response. Upon receiving the report, DPS will then notify the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students and law enforcement so that appropriate action may be taken.
If you witness sexual misconduct or perceive an imminent threat of sexual misconduct on campus, call for emergency assistance from DPS, or call the Los Angeles Police Department directly by dialing 911.
How to Report Faculty- or Staff-on-Student Misconduct
All reports should be made to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (310) 338-2893 x1, or by dialing extension 222 from any campus phone. Upon receiving the report, DPS will then notify the Title IX Coordinator and law enforcement so that appropriate action may be taken. The Title IX Coordinator will then supervise the Discriminatory Harassment and Complaint Process as outlined in the LMU Community Standards Booklet.
REMINDER: LMU prohibits consensual relationships of a dating, intimate and/or sexual nature between faculty or staff and any student with whom the faculty or staff member is in a direct/power relationship (i.e. activities including teaching, advising, mentoring, supervising, directing, evaluating and/or conducting research).