Saint Louis University

As a Catholic, Jesuit educational institution, Saint Louis University is committed to fostering a safe and supportive environment conducive to the academic pursuit and healthy personal development of all persons. All members of the University community share responsibility for fostering this environment by adhering to standards of conduct. Any form of sexual assault is a serious violation of these standards and will not be tolerated.

The complete Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found here. The Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action is also a good resource for sexual assault policy information.

Topic Areas:

- Student who has Experienced Sexual Harassment 

- Student who has Experienced Sexual Assault 

-Student who has Experienced Intimate Partner Violence

Student who has Experienced Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome and unwanted sexual attention and/or advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual's working or learning environment. It may involve intimidation, threats, coercion, sexual advances, request for sexual favors or other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It is usually found in the context of a relationship of unequal power, rank or status. It does not matter that the person's intention was not to harass. It is the effect it has that counts. As long as the conduct interferes with a student's academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment, it is considered sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment usually is not an isolated one-time only case but a repeated pattern of behavior by the perpetrator that may include:

• Physically assaulting or repeatedly intimidating, teasing, mocking, or joking based on an individual's gender or sexual orientation
• Comments about another person's clothing, body, or sexual activities
• Questions about another's sexual behavior
• Demeaning references to another's gender
• Sexually oriented jokes
• Conversations filled with innuendoes and double meanings
• Displaying of sexually suggestive pictures or objects
• Repeated non-reciprocated demands for dates or sex
• Unwelcome physical contact like unnecessary touching, pinching, patting, or brushing against another's body
Sexual harassment of students is covered by the University's Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.8. Common reactions by students who have been harassed is to doubt their perceptions, wonder if it was a joke, or wonder if, in some way, they have brought it on themselves. A student may begin to participate less in the classroom, drop or avoid classes, or even change majors.

- DO -
• Take the situation seriously
• Take a look at the University's Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.8 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Take a look at The University's Hate Crime and Bias Related Incident Protocol in the Student Handbook, §1.9 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Separate your personal biases from your professional role
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at the University Counseling Center and provide them the contact information, (314) 977-TALK (8255)
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation.
• Know that the Office of Student Conduct can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student

- DON'T -
• Investigate: A good faith sense that this is a problem is enough.
• Ignore the situation: Taking no action reinforces the student's already shaky perception that she/he has been wronged. Ignoring the issue can also have legal implications.
• Overreact: Listen, support, and guide the student to appropriate channels.

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977-3065
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326

Student who has Experienced Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault can involve any gender and can constitute various sexually intrusive acts. A student may disclose a past or recent sexual assault. People who have been sexually assaulted have a range of responses (controlled, expressed, angry).

- DO -
• Take the disclosure seriously
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at the University Counseling Center and provide them the contact information, (314) 977-TALK (8255), and inform the student that confidentiality can only be assured by talking with a counselor.  Offer to walk the student over to the University Counseling Center to see a counselor, located at Marchetti Towers East
• Refer to the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy 
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation
• Know that the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student
• Contact the Title IX Coordinator: DuBourg Hall 36, (314) 977-3065

- DON'T -
• Promise confidentiality
• Investigate or attempt to assess whether there was a "real" assault
• Touch the student
• Overreact
• Moralize about the circumstances
• Share information except in accordance with the University's Sexual Assault Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.17

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977- 3065
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326

Student who has Experienced Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence can include a relationship dynamic in which one person is:

• Constantly put down or criticized by their partner.
• Sad, worried, and stressed out by their relationship.
• Giving up things that are important to them like school, family, or friends because of their relationship.
• Often worried about their partner's anger.
• Scared of their partner's unpredictability and scanning for when the next eruption of anger will come.
• Embarrassed for people to know how their partner treats them.

You might notice:
• Frequent calls or pages from a partner, that the student seems unable or unwilling to control
• A partner waiting outside class, or attending class with the student unexpectedly
• Injuries, and possibly implausible or self-blaming explanations for how they occurred
• Concern for the well-being of the abusive partner ("I want him/her to get help")

- DO -
• Tell the student what you notice
• Report to the police if you believe the behavior constitutes a crime
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at Student Health and Counseling and provide them the contact information, 314-977-2323 and offer to walk the student over to Student Health and Counseling to see a counselor, located at Marchetti Towers East
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation
• Know that the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student
• Contact the Title IX Coordinator: DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3065

- DON'T -
• Promise confidentiality
• Tell them what to do (like leave).
• Dismiss the possibility that this is a problem relationship.
• Investigate
• Do nothing. Taking no action implicitly condones a potentially harmful situation.
• Overreact
• Moralize about the circumstances

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977-3065 
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838