Confidential or Private Reporting

Title IX requires all universities to identify “responsible employees” as those who are obligated to report all details of an incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, including the identities of those involved, to the Department of Public Safety whenever that information is brought forward to the employee. The Department of Public Safety will notify the Title IX Coordinator when a report has been filed. Responsible employees include faculty, administrative staff and some student staff.

However, responsible employees do not include the following Confidential Staff

1. Professional, licensed counselors, such as the psychologists at Student Psychological Services, are not required to report any information regarding an alleged sexual misconduct or interpersonal misconduct, to the Department of Public Safety, the Title IX Coordinator or any other reporting body, without consent from the student.

Student Psychological Services (SPS): SPS has mental health professionals available for students in crisis. During regular office hours, you can call SPS or come to the office. A therapist will see you without an appointment if you have an emergency.    

  • Phone: (310) 338-2868
  • Location: Entrance is on the north side of the Burns Recreation Center, on the second floor (directly above the Student Health Center)
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Note: A therapist is available 24 hours a day. During regular business hours, please go directly to SPS to speak with an available therapist; after hours, please call the SPS office at (310) 338-2868 and follow the prompt to reach a therapist.

2. Pastoral counselors, such as Catholic priests and ordained pastors, are not required to report any information regarding an alleged sexual misconduct or interpersonal misconduct, to the Department of Public Safety, the Title IX Coordinator or any other reporting body, without consent from the student, provided they receive the information in performance of their pastoral duties.

Campus Ministry: To receive confidential pastoral counseling, you may request to speak with a Jesuit, woman religious or ordained pastor in performance of their ministry duties.

  • Phone: (310) 338-2860
  • Location: Malone Student Center, Suite 210

3. Student Health Services Staff, such as doctors and nurse practitioners at Student Health Services, are not required to report any information regarding an alleged sexual misconduct or interpersonal misconduct, to the Department of Public Safety, the Title IX Coordinator or any other reporting body on campus, without consent from the student. The Health Center Staff will be required to report signs of physical or sexual abuse to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Student Health Services: If you are a victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, you will be offered a general medical examination by a licensed health care provider. You can call ahead or walk into their office.

  • Phone: (310) 338-2881
  • Location: Entrance is on the first floor on the north side of the Burns Recreation Center
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Reporting to Private Staff

Reports by the Private Staff will not trigger a University investigation unless the Title IX Coordinator (in consultation with the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee) determines that an investigation is necessary because:

  • The Respondent has known prior allegations of sexual or interpersonal misconduct and a potential for a campus safety risk exists; or
  • The location in which the alleged incident occurred is a location where previous complaints of sexual or interpersonal misconduct occurred creating the potential for a unsafe environment for the LMU community; or
  • A threat to the campus community at large has been identified; or
  • A frequency or pattern is detected that suggests an unsafe environment exists for a the LMU community or an LMU community member; or
  • The sexual or interpersonal misconduct was perpetrated with a weapon; or
  • The Victim is a minor; or
  • Some combination of the above factors exists.

Students reporting an incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct to a responsible employee may request confidentiality. Students should be aware that if they request confidentiality, then the University’s ability to effectively investigate and adjudicate the instance(s) of sexual or interpersonal misconduct may be impaired. The University cannot guarantee confidentiality in this instance, and certain factors will be considered in determining whether the confidentiality request can be honored. Those factors include those listed above.

The Title IX Coordinator, in consultation with the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee, is responsible for determining whether the confidentiality of the Complainant can be honored. If the decision is made that confidentiality cannot be honored, then the University will only inform the necessary individuals and entities on campus required to perform a thorough investigation and adjudication of the complaint. The University will respond to any accusations of retaliation against the Complainant or witnesses brought upon by the investigation or adjudication of the misconduct.

LMU Community Resource Advisors (CRAs) may speak privately with students regarding incidents of sexual misconduct and interpersonal misconduct without automatically triggering a University investigation into the matter. These individuals do have time and place reporting responsibilities under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), but are not obligated to report identifying information of the Complainant. If the Respondent’s name is presented to an LMU CRA, they will be obligated to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator.

    • Linda Bannister, Professor, English
    • Ricardo Machon, Professor, Psychology
    • Tracy Tiemeier, Associate Professor, Theological Studies
    • Cathleen McGrath, Associate Professor, Management
    • Einat Metzyl, Assistant Professor, Marital & Family Therapy
    • Martina Ramirez, Professor, Biology
    • Marilyn Beker, Professor, Screenwriting
    • Beth Stoddard, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
    • Lisha Maddox, Student Affairs, Student Success
    • Lorianne Harrison-Reyes, Student Affairs, Student Housing 

The following off-campus counseling services are also available to victims of sexual and interpersonal misconduct:

Rape Treatment Center

The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center provides long-term counseling support for victims of sexual assault and sexual violence, as well as advocacy and accompanying services. The Center can also provide general medical treatment and, if you choose, collection of evidence. A specially trained nurse will perform the evidence collection exam, and a support person of your choice may be present throughout the procedure.

  • Phone: (310) 319-4000
  • Website: http://www.911rape.org/home
  • Address: 1250 16th Street; Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline

The Los Angeles Rape and Battering hotline is a confidential non-judgmental support service where staff and volunteers are available to provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals. The hotline is operated by Peace Over Violence, a community-based and volunteer centered organization.

Los Angeles County Stalking Hotline

The “Love Me Not” Anti-Stalking Program is a 24-hour hotline offered by the LA County District Attorney’s office to assist victims of stalking.

  • Phone: (877) 622-0044
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Hotline

The LA County Domestic Violence Hotline helps victims find a safe way out of abusive environments. This toll-free service routes Southern California victims of domestic violence directly to local trained personnel.                          

  • Phone: (800) 978-3600
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

YWCA Greater Los Angeles

In a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, the YWCA offers sexual assault survivors the support they need, and extends this support to family and friends. The program also provides information on rape trauma and refers survivors to appropriate medical, legal and social services.

  • Phone: (323) 296-0920
  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877) 943-5778
  • Website: http://www.ywcagla.org
  • Address: 2501 W. Vernon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008
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