Information for Students

If You Have Experienced Sexual or Interpersonal Misconduct

If you are a victim of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you have the right to do the following:

  • File a University Student Conduct Code complaint with the LMU Department of Public Safety to seek disciplinary action.
  • File a criminal report with the police and take legal action. (Note: a criminal investigation is conducted separately from a Student Conduct Code complaint investigation, though both may take place simultaneously.)
  • Speak on a confidential basis to Student Psychological Services, the Student Health Center, pastoral counselors, LMU Community Resource Advisors (CRAs), as well as off-campus crisis centers and hotlines.
  • Arrange for necessary changes to academic schedules and deadlines, housing and/or campus jobs to ensure that you are removed from any potential hostile environments.
  • Access an appointed Student Affairs Resource Administrator (SARA) who will provide you with information about the University judicial process and resources that are available to you on and off campus.
  • Access an appointed Judicial Advisor, who will assist you through the University judicial process and provide you with an explanation of the LMU Student Conduct Code Judicial Affairs process, including potential outcomes.
  • Be informed of the final disciplinary finding (responsible or not responsible) from the Judicial Officers or the Student Conduct Committee, if an appeal is filed.
  • Refuse any/all of the above.

If You Have Been Accused

If you have been accused of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you have a right to do the following:

  • File a University Student Conduct Code complaint or respond to the Student Conduct Code complaint seeking student disciplinary action.
  • File a criminal report with the police and take legal action. (Note: a criminal investigation is conducted separately from a Student Conduct Code complaint investigation, though both may take place simultaneously.)
  • Access an appointed Student Affairs Resource Administrator (SARA) who will provide you with information about the University judicial process and resources that are available to you on and off campus.
  • Access an appointed Judicial Advisor, who will assist you through the University judicial process and provide you with an explanation of the LMU Student Conduct Code Judicial Affairs process, including potential outcomes.
  • Refuse any/all of the above.
  • Be informed of the final disciplinary finding (responsible or not responsible) from the Judicial Officers or the Student Conduct Committee, if an appeal is filed.

Due Process

As part of the due process nature of the university proceedings, students who have been charged with violations of the Student Conduct Code are guaranteed the following:

  • A written or electronic notice of the charges, the location of copies of the Student Conduct Code and a scheduled hearing with a Judicial Officer or applicable Hearing Board. (Note: Students who fail to appear after proper notice will be considered to have accepted responsibility for the charges asserted against them.)
  • A hearing during which the Judicial Officer/Hearing Board will specify the nature of the alleged incident and the basis for the charge, including the time, date and place where it is alleged to have occurred.
  • The assistance of an Advisor during the hearing, who will be either assigned by the Dean of Students or designee, or selected by the student. Students who wish to have the assistance of an Advisor during the hearing process must inform the presiding Judicial Officer in writing or via email at least two days prior to the scheduled date of the hearing. The Advisor’s role is to assist students in understanding the judicial process during hearings, and may not address the Judicial Officer/Hearing Board or play any other role during hearings. All communication involving Advisors must be between the Advisor and the student, and an Advisor may not appear in lieu of the student.

As set forth in the Student-on-Student Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy and Protocol, an “Advisor” can be any current LMU Student, faculty, staff or religious community member. Students are not required to utilize their appointed Advisors and may select a different Advisor from the LMU community or an advisor of their choice from outside the LMU community. Advisors are required to adhere to rules and regulations established in the Student Conduct Code.

In conformity with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), in incidents involving charges of Sexual Harassment/Sexual Misconduct and interpersonal misconduct including Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking, (as referenced under Section X of the Student-on-Student Sexual & Interpersonal Misconduct Policy and Protocol) the definition of Advisor is expanded to include any advisor of the Complainant’s or Respondent’s choice.

Information for Faculty & Staff

With regard to sexual misconduct complaints, every LMU faculty and 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 to the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Merely reporting to any other faculty or staff member, even a department head, is not sufficient.

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 and disclose information to the University’s Title IX Coordinator— even if the student requests confidentiality.

Student Confidentiality

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 they understands the following:

  • Your obligation to report the incident to DPS and to disclose to the Title IX Coordinator 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 or pastoral counselors and LMU Community Resource Advisors, as well as off-campus crisis centers and hotlines