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Immediate Crisis Services and Hotlines

Please note: If this is a medical emergency please call 911 immediately. If you are in immediate danger please call 911.

The links and information on this page are for students (or any site visitor) who wishes to have access to immediate crisis counseling, but is not intended to substitute any type of immediate emergency service such as what a police officer or paramedic might provide.

Local Resources for Immediate Services

Safe Connections 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 314.531.2003

Safe Connections is located at 2165 Hampton Avenue and provides a variety of services (individual counseling, group counseling, educational opportunities) to survivors of any type of sexual abuse.

The YWCA of St. Louis 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline: 314.531.7273

The YWCA utilizes volunteer advocates who can speak to victims, meet a victim at a local hospital, and/or assist a victim with making a police report.

National Hotlines and Live Chats for immediate services

Please note: Some of the live chat options are not 24/7. Hours of the ‘Live Chat’ availability are noted by each option when they are known.

National Sexual Assault Hotline (rainn.org/get-help/national-sexual-assault-hotline) 1.800.656.4673 24/7 Live Chat (https://ohl.rainn.org/online/)

Love is Respect (www.loveisrespect.org) 1.866.331.9474 Text “campus” to 22522 Live Chat (loveisrespect.org/get-help/contact-us/chat-with-us Hours of hotline and live chat not specified

National Domestic Violence Hotline (www.thehotline.org) 1.800.799.7233 Live Chat (thehotline.org/what-is-live-chat) Live Chat available from 7AM – 2AM (CST) every day

Saint Louis University's Sexual Misconduct Policy

This link will open the full PDF of SLU's most current sexual misconduct policy.

Sexual Misconduct 101

Sexual Misconduct is what's known as an 'umbrella term' which means that it encompasses a wide range of behaviors and actions.  We use the term 'Sexual Misconduct' not to minimize what has happened to someone but to make sure that we are inclusive of all the behaviors that someone can experience, which may include any of these things:

·      Sexual Harassment

·      Sexual Assault

·      Rape

·      Sexual Exploitation

·      Stalking (when gender based)

·      Sexual Violence

·      Dating, Domestic, or Relationship Violence

·      Any sexual contact and/or act that is performed by force (implied or direct)

·      Any sexual contact  and/or act that is performed without effective consent 

Check out this PDF for a concise view of what each of these terms surrounding sexual misconduct means, as well as other vocabulary related to this issue, including 'rape culture', Title IX and confidentiality.

Getting Help: Reporting Options and Resources

Getting Help: On-Campus Reporting Options and Resources

Making a report of sexual misconduct is an important step. This section will give you information on how to report and to whom when you are ready. (Printable PDF)

Please note: if you are in need of immediate medical attention or wish to have a forensic examination performed please dial 911 or proceed to an emergency room of a hospital of your choosing. If the assault has taken place within the past 120 hours, a forensic examination may be performed in order to preserve evidence in the event you wish to report to law enforcement. Even if you do not yet know if you wish to make a report to law enforcement, you can have a forensic examination (rape kit) performed at no cost to you; you can decide at a later time if you wish to make a report to law enforcement. If the assault has just occurred and you wish to preserve evidence for a possible law enforcement investigation, do not wash any bedding or take a shower until you have completed the examination. When you go to the hospital following a sexual assault and have a forensic examination, the nurse will typically need to take the clothing you were wearing during the assault. Therefore, it is important to not wash those clothes if you have not already done so. 

I. REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

a. Making a report to a police officer is a separate process than making a report to the school. You have the right to make a report to law enforcement and school officials can assist you in contacting the police if you wish.

b. Contacting the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department: to report an assault to the police, simply call 911. If you have questions for detectives in the Sex Crimes Unit, you may call 314.444.5385. Information online can be found at www.slmpd.org

c. You have the right to make a report to both law enforcement AND Saint Louis University; choosing one does not eliminate the other entity as a reporting option. d. Orders of protection can be applied for through the court system, and the St. Louis Sexual Assault Response Team can dispatch an advocate to assist you in making that application to the court. The Sexual Assault Response Team is managed by the YWCA of St. Louis and their 24 hour hotline can be reached at 314.531.7273.

II. REPORTING TO SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

a. You may make a report to the school regarding sexual misconduct. Depending on if the person who hurt you is a student or non-student, the school can take a variety of steps (in any case) to help end the harassment and provide resources to you. You have the right to make a report to both the school and law enforcement.

b. To deal with an emergency situation on campus, dial 911 and/or contact the Department of Public Safety at 314.977.3000.

c. Saint Louis University has a variety of staff and departments that have training in addressing matters of sexual misconduct. You may wish to consult with one of these reporting contacts at any point, however, please know that ultimately you will be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) to make a report of sexual misconduct. The staff in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity can initiate an investigation of the report you make.

i. To set up a time to meet with staff from the OIED, please call 314.977.9868 or email Kim Sahr (Equity Officer for Title IX issues) at ksahr@slu.edu

ii. Please note: the phone number for the OIED is not monitored 24/7 but during regular University business hours. If you need immediate crisis services please consider contacting one of the service providers listed below.

d. If you are in need of immediate crisis services, please contact one of the following local resources:

i. University Counseling Center (UCC) operates a 24 hour talk line at 314.977.8255 (TALK)*

ii. The YWCA of St. Louis operates a 24 hour hotline that can be reached at 314.531.7273 (RAPE)*

iii. Safe Connections of St. Louis operates a 24 hour crisis helpline that can be reached at 314.531.2003*

e. Other University Reporting Contacts Please note: the contact listed below in this section are NOT confidential reporting contacts. They will absolutely honor your privacy but are required by law to report what is shared with them with the Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX Equity Officer at SLU. They will NOT share your information with other students or others who do not have a legitimate need to know. If you need a Confidential Reporting Contact, please contact the University Counseling Center at 314.977.8255. The licensed counselors at the UCC are the campuses designated CONFIDENTIAL reporting contacts.

i. Housing and Residence Life staff: Housing and Residence Life staff can assist you in making emergency accommodations and/or getting in touch with police or other campus reporting contacts. Resident Advisors and Residence Hall Coordinators are trained in responding to reports of sexual misconduct and will work with students to make sure they are safe and understand the next steps in a reporting process. HRL staff do not conduct investigations and are required to report sexual misconduct matters to the Title IX Coordinator.

ii. Department of Public Safety staff: DPS can assist students in making sure they are safe on campus. DPS staff can also provide security escorts and will respond to emergency situations. DPS staff are trained in responding to reports of sexual misconduct and can assist students in reporting to law enforcement, obtaining orders of protection from the local courts system, and are required to report sexual misconduct matters to the Title IX Coordinator.

iii. Campus Ministry staff: Campus Ministers can serve as emotional and spiritual support for anyone involved in a sexual misconduct situation. Campus Ministers are trained in how to respond to students who are involved in sexual misconduct situations. Campus Ministers are NOT confidential reporting contacts and are required to report sexual misconduct situations to the Title IX Coordinator. Campus Ministers, while they cannot keep confidentiality, will always keep student information private and will safeguard student information to the fullest extent possible.

iv. Dean of Students and Dean of Students staff: The Dean of Students Office assists the Title IX office in providing and coordinating various accommodations for those who have been impacted by sexual misconduct. Staff in this office are trained on handling matters of sexual misconduct and will report these situations to the Title IX Coordinator. Dean of Students staff can assist students in making academic accommodations and getting in touch with other campus or local resources. Dean of Students staff, while not able to keep total confidentiality, will safeguard student information and treat what they are told as private and sensitive. *denotes a confidential reporting contact

III. ANONYMOUS REPORTING

a. Anyone who wishes to inform the University of sexual misconduct but who wishes to remain completely anonymous may choose to utilize the University’s Compliance Hotline by calling 1.800.525.5669 (KNOW). You do not have to leave your name if you do not wish to, and this line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information on the compliance hotline, please visit: http://www.slu.edu/general-counsel-home/compliance/hotline-information-and-faqs

IV. RESOURCES FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

a. Campus resources are designated for any person who has been impacted in any way by sexual misconduct or sexual misconduct allegations. Students who are acting as support persons for friends who have been impacted by sexual misconduct may also access campus resources for counseling, campus minister support, etc. Students may access any of the measures or services listed below whether or not they are choosing to make a formal report or participate in an investigation.

b. Interim Measures

i. No Contact Orders: Students harmed by another student may wish to seek a No Contact Order to prohibit any further contact. No Contact Orders are facilitated by the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards. Students may ask for a No Contact Order even if they do not wish to participate in a full investigation through.

ii. Change of living environment: At times it may be necessary for one (or both) parties to have a change of residence hall or residence hall room (if they live on campus).

iii. Academic Accommodations: Students can work with the Office of Equity and Diversity as well as the Dean of Students Office to make arrangements with academic advisors and instructors to help students be successful in class. c. Safety Resources i. Campus safety escorts: DPS Officers can escort any student to any campus location. A safety escort can be obtained by contacting DPS at 314.977.3000.

iv. SLU Ride: Students can utilize SLU Ride to any campus location by calling 314.977.7433 (RIDE)

v. DPS offers regular classes on self-defense that are open to SLU students

d. Counseling Resources

i. The University Counseling Center offers counseling services to students free of charge. The UCC can be contacted at 314.977.8255 (TALK)

ii. Both Safe Connections (South City on Hampton Avenue) and the YWCA of St. Louis have individual and group therapy at no cost.

Prevention and Intervention

Prevention and Intervention

Learning about sexual misconduct is a good way to start your journey to becoming an engaged bystander. All members of the campus community share in the responsibility of making our campus safe and welcoming.

What is bystander intervention? Bystander intervention is a straightforward concept that simply means that in any given situation, there are people who may observe what is happening and be in a position to prevent an incident. Actions can be small, like asking a friend to stop making sexist jokes. Actions can be on a larger scale, like organizing an educational program for campus that helps facilitate understanding about sexual assault. It might also mean intervening or getting help if you see a troubling situation among friends or even strangers. For more information on bystander intervention, click here.

Students can play an integral role in engaging the campus community in a dialogue about preventing sexual assault. There are many ways to get involved on campus: 

- Become a peer educator! Peer educators work on campus to promote understanding and awareness of sexual misconduct issues. Peer educators receive specialized training, plan campus wide awareness events, and collaborate with staff, faculty, and student organizations to implement educational events. Contact Arathi Srikanta at srikantaa@slu.edu for more information on becoming a peer educator!

- Help plan campus events. You do not have to be a peer educator to help plan awareness raising events on campus. Staff in the University Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Athletics, and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity all work together to plan campus wide awareness campaigns and programs regularly throughout the school year. Contact any one of those offices to learn more about getting involved with educational programs or contact akratky@slu.edu or ksahr@slu.edu for more information. 

Some examples of educational programming from past years (and the upcoming year) include:   

- Hosting nationally recognized speakers on the topics of sexual violence awareness and prevention (usually 1-3 per semester)   

- Implementing campus wide poster campaigns around the topics of sexual violence, effective consent, and bystander intervention   

- Hosting documentary and movie nights for films that educate and illuminate issues of sexual violence   

- Working with student organizations on educational programs like 'Take Back the Night' or 'In Her Shoes' 

Is it Sexual Misconduct?

EDUCATIONAL SCENARIOS 

As part of Saint Louis University's committed to educating its community about the importance of creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive, and respectful educational environment, several scenarios have been created to help clarify what a violation of the sexual misconduct policy might look like in the real world. Any report of alleged sexual misconduct will be pursued by Saint Louis University to the extent possible.  

Trigger warning: These scenarios describe situations that some readers may find disturbing based on past personal experiences.  

Examples of scenarios in this PDF include:

A couple engaging in sexual activity where one partner does not actively try to prevent intercourse, but does not give verbal consent.

A couple has engaged in mutually agreed upon sexual activities in the past, but rekindles the romance without a discussing their current comfort levels with physical intimacy.

Both partners give consent to sexual activities, but one partner allows a friend or a roommate to watch without the other partner knowing.

A former romantic partner creates a fake Facebook profile for their ex, designed to make them look bad.

Two intimate partners are both intoxicated, but one has had significantly more to drink.

A couple in an established relationship engages in intercourse when one partner expresses reluctance.

A student becomes aware of harassment against a classmate, but isn't sure whether to report it since he or she is not personally involved.

Quick Facts: Easily Printable Resources

Click here to download and print PDF versions of one and two page educational handouts. Persons affiliated with SLU are welcome to use these materials.

+ Sexual Misconduct Infographic

+ Sexual Misconduct Flowchart: Info for Victims

+ How to Respond to a Student's Disclosure of an Incident

+ Myths and Facts About Sexual Violence

+ Sexual Misconduct:  Where to go for Help

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Commonly Asked Questions About Sexual Misconduct

Commonly asked questions and answers about reporting, identifying, and dealing with sexual misconduct. Also in this section, you will find the statement of rights of those who report being the recipients of unwanted sexual contact and a statement of rights for those who are accused of violating the sexual misconduct policy.

Will my parents find out if I make a report of sexual misconduct?
No, not unless you tell them. The school will not call your parents and tell them that you made a report of sexual misconduct and will not discuss the details of your report with your parents unless you specifically give the school permission to do so with a release of information.

Will I or my friends get into trouble if there was underage drinking or illegal drug use going on around the time of the reported assault?
Student safety and well-being is of the utmost concern when dealing with a report of sexual misconduct. Students who are participating in an investigation will not garner additional community standards violations related to alcohol or drug use. 


If I choose to report an incidence of sexual misconduct, who gets to see the information I provide?
Only persons with a legitimate 'need to know' will be involved in the matter. Typically, this means the investigator, the Title IX Coordinator, and Community Standards staff. When a sexual misconduct case goes to a Community Standards hearing, the reporting party and accused party will have access to read the report that was created by the Title IX Investigator. The Community Standards Board members will also get to read this report as a result of serving on a board and being tasked with making a decision on if the sexual misconduct policy was violated. 


Can I make an anonymous report?
Yes, you can. Please know that if you make an anonymous report that the University will be limited in the measures it can take to resolve the situation but that staff will do everything in their power to provide interim measures to provide for safety as well as hold any responsible parties accountable for their misconduct. The University is limited in what it can do to hold a responsible party accountable if the identities of the people involved are unknown. If you wish to make an anonymous report, you may do so by submitting information through the University's compliance hotline, accessible by calling 1.800.525.KNOW (5569). You may wish to view more information about the hotline at http://www.slu.edu/general-counsel-home/compliance/hotline-information-and-faqs


I want to make a report and have an investigation follow. What's the quickest way to start that process?
Contact the Title IX Investigator at 314.977.9868 or by emailing her at ksahr@slu.edu. Kim Sahr is the University's Title IX Investigator and can meet with you as soon as possible to take down your information, explain the process, and get the investigation started. 


I want to talk with someone who can keep my information confidential. Who can do that on campus?
If you wish to talk with someone but want to have your information kept completely confidential, please contact the University Counseling Center at 314.977.TALK (8255) or visit them on the 2nd floor of Wuller Hall. University counseling services are free of charge. If you wish to speak to someone confidentially who is not affiliated with campus, contact Safe Connections at their 24 hour hotline (314.531.2003). Safe Connections can also provide confidential counseling free of charge. Another resource in the St. Louis community for confidential counseling (free of charge) is the YWCA of St. Louis, which you can reach by calling their 24 hour hotline at 314.531.7273.


Can I make a report to the school and the police, or do I have to choose one or the other?
You can make a report to both entities, one of the entities, or none at all. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to report to both the school and the police, but we recognize that it is the victim's right to choose who they report to and how they do that. Staff at SLU are available to assist a student who wishes to make a report to law enforcement and can be there with them for support through the process. Students who report to the school have a variety of support services and resources available to them even if they do not wish to engage in a formal investigation. 


Can I get a lawyer to assist me as I navigate the school's sexual misconduct investigation and hearing processes?
Students who wish to retain their own legal counsel may do so at their discretion and at their own expense. A reporting party or accused party may retain any Advisor of their choosing to be present with them at any meeting or hearing; that Advisor may be their own lawyer. It is important to understand though that your lawyer may not speak for you and that the formal rules of a courtroom are not a part of the campus process. Students involved in a sexual misconduct complaint are given a SLU staff member to act as their Care and Concern Advisor throughout the process, however, the student has the right to use any one person of their choosing as their Advisor.

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SLU is Here For You

Saint Louis University is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students. Here you will find a variety of information related to sexual misconduct, SLU's sexual misconduct policy, resources for students and information on education and prevention efforts for the campus community.

Who We Are

SLU staff members that work with or provide help to those who have experienced sexual misconduct or who have questions about sexual misconduct

Title IX Coordinator  
Anna Kratky 
Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity 
DuBourg Hall, Rm 36 
314-977-3886 , akratky@slu.edu 

Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Michelle Lewis, Director     
DuBourg Hall, Room 36 
314-977-3065, lewisml@slu.edu

Kim LaGrand-Moorehead, Equity Officer
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
314-977-4609, lagrandmoorehea@slu.edu

Kim Sahr, Equity Officer (Title IX)
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
314-977-9868, ksahr@slu.edu 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Michelle Lewis, Director
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
314-977-3065, lewisml@slu.edu

Kim LaGrand-Moorehead, Equity Officer
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
314-977-4609, lagrandmoorehea@slu.edu

Kim Sahr, Equity Officer (Title IX)
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
314-977-9868, ksahr@slu.edu

Donna Bess Myers, Assistant Dean of Students
Busch Student Center, Room 356
314-977-9378, bessdr@slu.edu
   
Shannon Morse, Assistant Dean SLU Law
Scott Hall, 10th Floor, Room 1008C
314-977-2728, stinebsm@slu.edu

Arike Mercer, Assistant Athletic Director
Chaifetz Arena, 2nd Floor
314-977-3509, mercer@slu.edu

Cathy Koetting, Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, 2nd Floor
314-977-8940, ckoettin@slu.edu

Troy Turnipseed, Associate Dean School of Professional Studies
School of Professional Studies
314-977-3431, turniptp@slu.edu

Lisa Israel, Assistant Dean of Students
Busch Student Center, Room 356
314-977-8506, lisrael@slu.edu

Annie Cavedine, Director of International Services
Des Peres Hall, Room 102
314-977-4081, acavedi2@slu.edu

Marta C. Maruri Valle Iturriaga
Madrid Campus
mmaruriv@slu.edu

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