The following policies apply to all undergraduate, graduate and professional Students attending Saint Louis University, unless otherwise superseded by the policies adopted by a particular college or school. All general Student rules and regulations are consistent with the Catholic, Jesuit mission and values of the University. Students and Student organizations are responsible for knowing and following these provisions. The appropriate Vice President shall resolve any questions involving the application or interpretation of University policies and procedures. In such instances, the decision of the Vice President shall be final and binding.
The University encourages the pursuit of knowledge by representation and exploration of diverse ideas in a manner consistent with its Catholic, Jesuit mission. It is understood though, that providing a forum for the open discussion of ideas does not imply or represent University approval or endorsement of any views expressed.
1.1 Academic Policies
1.2 Alcohol on Campus
1.3 Appropriate Use Policy
1.4 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
1.5 Disruption of University Activities
1.7 Email Communication
1.8 Harassment Policy
1.9 Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol
1.12 Jeanne Clery Disclosure
1.13 Missing Persons Policy
1.15 Recording of Name and Address Changes
1.16 Sexual Assault Policy
1.17 Student Grievances (Non-academic)
1.18 Student Identification
1.19 Student Records
1.20 University Events
1.21 Responsible Action Protocol (RAP)
1.1 Academic Policies
Each college or school may adopt specific policies, regulations and procedures covering academic matters. Academic policies, regulations and procedures are available in the Dean's office for each school. Students are expected to become aware of these requirements. In instances in which a specific policy does not exist at the University or the particular college or school, the Dean has the authority to handle and process all academic matters.
1.2 Alcohol on Campus
The law of the State of Missouri states: "Any person under the age of twenty-one who purchases or attempts to purchase, or has in his possession any intoxicating liquor...is guilty of a misdemeanor. Furthermore, anyone guilty of a misdemeanor shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars, nor more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one (1) year, or by both such fine or jail sentence."
Saint Louis University recognizes both the letter and spirit of the law, as well as the needs of Students for social activities. Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Low doses impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts and impairs decision-making abilities. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause impairments in higher mental functions that can severely alter a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence.
Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol also can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.
The following Alcohol Policy and Guidelines set parameters within which alcohol use will reflect this increasing awareness of concern for ourselves and each other.
188.8.131.52In observance of the law of Missouri and local ordinances, no person under the age of 21 may purchase or attempt to purchase, or have in his or her possession, any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage on University premises or at University activities.
Therefore, no alcoholic beverage may be served or sold to anyone under 21 years of age on University premises or at University activities. Students must present two forms of valid photo identification or comply with University reasonable age verification procedures at events held on the University's premises at which alcohol is available.
Students found presenting false identification or taking other steps to acquire alcohol as a minor will be subject to disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct and could risk criminal prosecution.
184.108.40.206 Consumption of alcoholic beverages by those who are over 21 years of age, on University premises, is permitted ONLY at those Student events or locations that have been expressly approved by the Student Involvement Center and ONLY in those locations for which the University has a license. Approval for alcohol service at events sponsored by University departments must be obtained from the appropriate director, dean or Vice President.
220.127.116.11 University funds may not be used to pay for any portion of an event at which alcohol may be provided, served to or consumed by minors.
18.104.22.168 Arrangements for food and beverages for on-campus events must be made with University Dining Services, which has the responsibility for verifying the legality of persons seeking to purchase or obtain alcohol. No food or beverages may be brought to an event by an outside caterer except with special authorization.
22.214.171.124 Monitoring and enforcing compliance with the policy and guidelines are the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS) for outside events, and the director/manager of the building for inside events. Compliance with the policy in the residence halls and University-owned housing is the responsibility of the Director of Housing and Residence Life and the Residence Life staff.
126.96.36.199 University departments and Student organizations also may impose additional, more stringent restrictions on the use and distribution of alcohol by their members. Additional University alcohol-related policies include the Code of Conduct Alcohol Policy (section 2.4.3-2.4.6); Dry Recruitment Policy (section 3.1.8); Advertising and Alcohol Policy (section 3.5.3); and the Residence Life (section 4.0) policies. Alcohol guidelines for Student athletes can be obtained from the Athletic Department, located in the Chaifetz Arena. Copies of the Greek Social Event Policy, intended to provide risk management guidelines and govern the use and distribution of alcohol at fraternity and sorority events, are available at the Student Involvement Center, Room 319, Busch Student Center.
As a Catholic, Jesuit educational institution, Saint Louis University expects its Students to develop a responsible philosophy on the appropriate use of alcoholic beverages. The University encourages Students to consider all the implications of drinking and to arrive at a conscientious decision about how they will personally use alcohol.
The University respects civil law, and may take reasonable steps to protect the rights of others threatened by illegal or immoderate drinking on University premises or at social events sponsored by the University. The University, therefore, prohibits drinking that infringes on the rights of others, prohibits misconduct due to drinking or drinking by anyone under 21 years of age. The University prohibits any drinking patterns that lead to behaviors detrimental to the health and welfare of the individual, Student group or University community. Social activities are expected to have clear purposes, other than the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The University encourages moderation in the use of alcohol for those of legal age who choose to drink. The University strongly asserts that choosing not to drink is as socially acceptable as choosing to drink.
Finally, in accord with our policy, the University will sponsor programs and develop guidelines to help community members understand the advantages of a healthy lifestyle, the consequences of use and abuse of alcohol, the moral implications of alcohol use, and the importance of personal and community responsibility.
In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University annually communicates to Students information that includes the University Alcohol and Drug Policies, counseling and assistance programs, University and legal sanctions, health risks, and uses and effects of controlled substances. All Students should become familiar with this information.
For assistance and information on issues relating to alcohol, please contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 977-2323.
1.3 Appropriate Use Policy
Information technology ("IT"), the vast and growing array of computing and electronic data communications facilities and services, is used daily to create, access, examine, store, and distribute material in multiple media and formats. Information technology plays an integral part in the fulfillment of Saint Louis University's research, education, clinical, administrative, and other roles. Users of Saint Louis University's IT resources have a responsibility not to abuse those resources and to respect the rights of the members of the community as well as the University itself. This Saint Louis University IT Appropriate Use Policy (the "Policy" or "AUP") provides guidelines for the appropriate use of Saint Louis University's IT resources, as well as for the University's access to information about and oversight of these resources.
Most IT use parallels familiar activity in other media and formats, making existing University policies important in determining what use is appropriate. Using electronic mail ("e-mail") instead of standard written correspondence, for example, does not fundamentally alter the nature of the communication, nor does it alter the guiding policies. University policies that already govern freedom of expression and related matters in the context of standard written expression govern electronic expression as well. This Policy addresses circumstances that are particular to the IT arena and shall augment but not supersede other relevant University policies.
Users should familiarize themselves with any supplementary or specifically tailored policies that also govern use of information technology systems. The Division of Information Technology Services ("ITS") and other divisions that manage IT Systems may develop and promulgate system-specific policies in association with appropriate governing bodies. External service-providing organizations may also have specific usage policies. Such policies must be consistent with this Policy and provided to the Vice President/Chief Information Officer.
IT Systems. These include but are not limited to the computers, terminals, printers, networks, modem banks, online and offline storage media and related equipment, software, and data files that are owned, managed, or maintained by Saint Louis University. For example, IT Systems include institutional and departmental information systems, faculty research systems, computers, the University's campus network, and University general access computer labs.
User. A "User" is any person, whether authorized or not, who makes any use of any IT System from any location.
Systems Authority. While Saint Louis University is the legal owner, manager or operator of all IT Systems, it may delegate oversight of a particular system to an individual of a specific subdivision, department, or office of the University ("Systems Authority" or "Systems Administrator"), or to an individual faculty member, in the case of IT Systems purchased with research or other funds for which he or she is personally responsible.
Specific Authorization. This means documented permission from an authorized University official.
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure an information technology infrastructure that promotes the basic mission and purpose of the University in teaching, learning, research, patient care, and administration. In particular, this Policy aims to promote the following goals:
To ensure the integrity, reliability, availability, and performance of IT Systems;
To ensure that use of IT Systems is consistent with the principles and values of Saint Louis University and those principles and values that govern use of other University facilities and services;
To ensure that IT Systems are used for their intended purposes; and
To establish procedures for addressing policy violations and sanctions for violators.
This Policy applies to all Users of IT Systems, including but not limited to University Students, faculty, and staff. It applies to the use of all IT Systems. These include systems, networks, and facilities administered by ITS, as well as those administered by individual schools, departments, University laboratories, and other University-affiliated entities.
Use of IT Systems, even when carried out on a privately owned computer that is not managed or maintained by Saint Louis University, is governed by this Policy.
This Policy does not alter the University's position or policy on intellectual property ownership for faculty and research data.
V. Appropriate Use of IT Systems
Although this Policy sets forth the general rules of appropriate use of IT Systems, faculty, Students, and staff should consult their respective unit policies for more detailed statements on permitted use and the extent of use that the University considers appropriate in light of the varying roles within the community. In the event of conflict between this and other specific IT policies, this Appropriate Use Policy will control.
A. Appropriate Use. IT Systems are established and maintained to support the research, education, clinical, administrative, and other functions of Saint Louis University. Personal use of IT Systems that is not incompatible with the University mission and subject to the provisions of this Policy as provided in V.C is also allowed; however, the particular purposes of any IT System, as well as the nature and scope of personal use may vary according to the duties and responsibilities of the User or the type of personal use.
B. Proper Authorization. Users are entitled to access, modify, or delete only those elements of IT Systems that are consistent with their authorization. Any attempt to accumulate unauthorized information or misuse of information appropriately obtained is strictly prohibited.
C. Specific Proscriptions on Use. The following categories of use are inappropriate and prohibited:
1. Use that impedes, interferes with, impairs, or otherwise causes harm to the authorized activities and responsibilities of others. Users must not deny or interfere with or attempt to deny or interfere with service to other users in any way, including, without limitation, "resource hogging," misuse of mailing lists, propagating "chain letters" or virus hoaxes, "spamming" (spreading e-mail or postings widely and without good purpose), or "bombing" (flooding an individual, group or system with numerous or large e-mail messages). Knowing or reckless distribution of unwanted mail or other unwanted messages is prohibited. Other behavior that may cause excessive network traffic or computing load is also prohibited.
2. Use that is inconsistent with Saint Louis University's non-profit status. The University is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and as such, is subject to specific federal, state, and local laws regarding sources of income, political activities, use of property, and similar matters. As a result, commercial use of IT Systems for non-Saint Louis University purposes is generally prohibited, unless specifically authorized and permitted under other University policies. Prohibited commercial use does not include communications and exchange of data that furthers the University's educational, administrative, research, clinical, and other roles, regardless of whether it has an incidental financial or other benefit to an external organization.
Use of IT Systems in a way that suggests University endorsement of any political candidate or political initiative is also prohibited. Users must refrain from using IT Systems for the purpose of lobbying that connotes University involvement, except for authorized lobbying through or in consultation with an authorized University official.
3. Use in violation of University policy. Use in violation of other University policies or use that is inconsistent with the University's Jesuit, Catholic mission and ideals also violates this Policy. Such other University policies include, but are not limited to, those regarding sexual harassment and racial and ethnic harassment, conduct codes of the various schools and colleges, and specific University departmental and work-unit policies and guidelines regarding incidental personal use of IT Systems.
4. Use damaging the integrity of the University or other IT Systems. This category includes, but is not limited to, the following six activities:
a. Attempts to defeat system security. Users must not defeat or attempt to defeat any IT System's security - for example, by "cracking" or guessing and applying, possessing, and / or using the identification or password of another User, or compromising room locks or alarm systems. (This provision does not prohibit ITS or Systems Administrators from using security scan or other similar programs within the scope of their Systems Authority.)
b. Unauthorized access or use. The University recognizes the importance of preserving the privacy of Users and data stored in IT systems. Accordingly, Users must honor this principle by neither seeking to obtain unauthorized access to IT Systems, nor permitting or assisting any others in doing the same. For example, a non-Saint Louis University organization or individual may not use non-public IT Systems without specific authorization.
Privately owned computers may be used to provide public information resources, but such computers may not host sites or services for non-Saint Louis University organizations or individuals across the Saint Louis University network without specific authorization. Similarly, Users are prohibited from accessing or attempting to access data on IT Systems that they are not authorized to access. Furthermore, Users must not make or attempt to make any deliberate, unauthorized changes to data on an IT System.
Users must not intercept or attempt to intercept or access data communications not intended for that user, such as promiscuous network monitoring, running network sniffers, or otherwise tapping phone or network lines.
ITS staff are prohibited from engaging in any intrusive investigations not authorized in accordance with ITS policy on intrusive investigations.
c. Disguised use. For purposes of this Policy, Users are prohibited from masquerading as, or impersonating others.
d. Distributing computer viruses. Users must not knowingly distribute or launch computer viruses, worms, or other rogue programs.
e. Unauthorized equipment modification. On shared-use IT Systems that serve departmental or University enterprise-wide functions, Users may only perform additions, removals, or modifications to the equipment with the approval of the appropriate Systems Authority.
f. Use of unauthorized devices. Without specific authorization, Users may not physically or electronically attach any network device (such as a server) to IT Systems. Upon request, a User shall promptly remove any unauthorized network device.
5. Use in violation of law. Any use of IT Systems in violation of civil or criminal law at the federal, state, or local levels is prohibited. Examples of such use includes but is not limited to: promoting a pyramid scheme; distributing illegal obscenity; receiving, transmitting, or possessing child pornography; infringing copyrights; and making bomb or other threats.
With respect to copyright infringement, Users should be aware that copyright law governs (among other activities) the copying, display, and use of software and other works in digital form (text, sound, images, and other multimedia). The law permits use of copyrighted material without authorization from the copyright holder for some educational purposes (protecting certain classroom practices and "fair use," for example), but an educational purpose does not automatically mean that the use is permitted without authorization.
6. Use in violation of University contracts or licenses. All use of IT Systems must be consistent with the University's contractual obligations, including limitations defined in software and other licensing agreements.
7. Use in violation of external data network policies. Users must observe all applicable policies of external data networks when using such networks.
D. Free Inquiry and Expression. Users of IT Systems may exercise rights of free inquiry and expression consistent with provisions contained in the Student Handbook, the Faculty Manual, or the Staff Handbook, as may be appropriate, and the principles of academic freedom at Saint Louis University.
E. Personal Account Responsibility. Users must maintain the security of their own IT Systems accounts and passwords, and they are responsible for any breaches in the security of those accounts or passwords which are caused by their own negligence, recklessness or unlawful actions. Any User changes of password must follow prescribed guidelines for passwords. Accounts and passwords are normally assigned to single Users and are not to be shared with any other person without authorization by the applicable Systems Administrator. Users have the responsibility to control the activities which they permit others to carry out under their IT System accounts or passwords or on their personal web pages.
F. Encryption of Data. University faculty and staff are authorized to encrypt files, documents, and messages for protection against unauthorized disclosure while in storage or in transit. Any encryption of University-related data performed on an IT System must use software and protocols endorsed by ITS and such encryption must permit properly designated University officials, upon the direction of the Vice President / Chief Information Officer, to decrypt the information. Upon request of the Vice President / Chief Information Officer, a User shall decrypt any encrypted information, including without limitation, data, documents and messages.
G. Responsibility for Content. Official University information may be published in a variety of electronic forms. The individual under whose auspices the information is published is responsible for the content of the published document.
Users may publish information on IT Systems or over Saint Louis University's networks. Neither Saint Louis University nor individual Systems Administrators can screen such privately published material nor can they ensure its accuracy or assume any responsibility for its content. The University will treat any electronic publication provided on or over IT Systems that lacks the authorized authority of an appropriate University official as the private speech of an individual user.
H. Registration of equipment. Upon notice to the User, the Division of Information Technology Services may require Users to register any equipment or devices utilizing IT Systems, whether or not such equipment is personally owned or located on the property of the University.
I. Personal Identification. Upon request by a Systems Administrator or other University authority, Users must produce valid University identification.
J. Privileged Access. Users with higher levels of privileged access to IT Systems, for example Systems Administrators, Application Security Administrators, and Database Administrators, may be subject to additional constraints on the use of that privileged access as described in policies and procedures for intrusive investigations, administrative application account administration, confidentiality agreements, and other similar documents.
VI. University Access Without Consent of User
The University places a value on privacy and recognizes its importance in an academic setting. There are circumstances nonetheless in which, following prescribed processes and procedural safeguards established to ensure access is gained only when and to the extent appropriate, the University may determine that certain University concerns outweigh the value of a User's privacy and warrant University access to relevant IT Systems without the consent or knowledge of the User. Accordingly, in the circumstances described below, use of University IT Systems should not be considered to be private.
A. Conditions for Access. In accordance with state and federal law and published University policies, the University may access any aspects of IT Systems, without the consent or knowledge of the User, in the following circumstances:
1. When necessary to identify or diagnose systems or security vulnerabilities and problems, or otherwise preserve the integrity of the IT Systems;
2. When required by federal, state or local law;
3. When there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of law or a breach of any of the proscriptions of Section V.C. of this Appropriate Use Policy may have taken place and access and inspection or monitoring may produce evidence related to the suspected misconduct;
4. When such access to IT Systems is required to carry out essential business functions of the University; or
5. When required to preserve public or campus health, safety, or order.
B. Process. Consistent with the privacy interests of Users, University access without the consent or knowledge of the User will occur only with the approval of the President, Provost, or his / her designee or the Vice President / Chief Information Officer, except when an emergency entry is necessary to preserve the integrity of facilities or to preserve public or campus health, safety, or order or when such access is necessary for IT Systems maintenance when such is conducted in accordance with established procedures and in accordance with provisions of Section VI.A.
C. User access deactivations. In addition to accessing the IT Systems, the University, through the appropriate Systems Administrator, may deactivate a User's access privileges, when the User is suspected of any violation of this or other policy or when such action is necessary for investigation. The Systems Administrator will attempt to notify the User of any such action if appropriate.
D. Use of security scanning systems. By attaching (either physically or virtually) privately owned personal computers or other IT resources to the University's network or other IT Systems, Users consent to University use of scanning programs or other security mechanisms on those resources while they are attached to the network when the use of such scanning systems is necessary and is consistent with the other provisions of this Policy.
E. Encrypted material. Encrypted files, documents, and messages may be accessed by the University under the guidelines set forth in Sections VI.A, and VI.B, above.
Users of IT Systems should be aware that IT Systems and the information contained therein are not necessarily secure.
VIII. Enforcement Procedures
A. Complaints of Alleged Violations. An individual who believes that he or she has been harmed by an alleged violation of this Policy may file a complaint in accordance with established University Grievance Procedures (including, where relevant, those procedures for filing complaints of sexual harassment or of racial or ethnic harassment) for Students, faculty, and staff. The individual is also encouraged to report the alleged
violation to the Systems Authority overseeing the facility most directly involved, or to the Vice President / Chief Information Officer, who shall investigate the allegation and (if appropriate) refer the matter to an appropriate University official, University disciplinary committee, Office of Human Resources, Department of Public Safety and Security Services, and/or appropriate law enforcement authorities.
B. Reporting Observed Violations. If an individual has observed or otherwise is aware of a violation of this Policy, even though the individual has not been harmed by the alleged violation, he or she is encouraged to report such evidence to the Systems Authority overseeing the facility most directly involved, or to the office of the Vice President / Chief Information Officer of the University.
C. Disciplinary Procedures. Alleged violations of this Policy will be pursued in accordance with the applicable disciplinary procedures for faculty, staff, and Students, as outlined in the Faculty Manual, Staff Handbook, Student Handbook, various other policy manuals and applicable materials or if appropriate, through criminal or civil court proceedings. Staff members who are members of University-recognized bargaining units will be disciplined for violations of this Policy in accordance with the relevant disciplinary provisions set forth in the agreements covering their bargaining units.
Systems Administrators and employees of ITS may be required to participate in the disciplinary proceedings as deemed appropriate by the relevant disciplinary authority. Moreover, at the direction of the appropriate disciplinary authority, Systems Administrators or the Vice President / Chief Information Officer or his designees are authorized to investigate alleged violations.
D. Temporary Suspension. The Vice President / Chief Information Officer of the University, or his/her designee, is authorized to invoke a temporary suspension from use of, or access to, any or all IT Systems whenever in his/her sole judgment such action is necessary to comply with any federal, state or local law, ordinance, rule, or order; to preserve the security or integrity of the IT Systems and/or University facilities; to protect a User's physical or emotional safety or well-being; or to preserve public or campus health, safety, or order.
E. Penalties. Individuals found to have violated this Policy may be subject to penalties provided in other University policies dealing with the underlying conduct. Violators may also incur other IT-specific penalties, including, without limitation, temporary or permanent reduction or elimination of some or all IT privileges. The appropriate penalties shall be determined by the applicable disciplinary authority in consultation with the applicable Systems Administrator or the Vice President / Chief Information Officer, if desired.
F. Legal Liability for Unlawful or Inappropriate Use. In addition to University discipline, Users may be subject to criminal prosecution, civil liability, or both for unlawful or inappropriate use of any IT System.
G. Appeals. Users found in violation of this Policy may appeal or request reconsideration of any imposed disciplinary action in accordance with the appeals provisions of the relevant disciplinary procedures.
IX. Policy Development
This Policy may be periodically reviewed and modified. Requests for review or modification to this Policy may be submitted to the Vice President/ Chief Information Officer. Modifications may be developed by the Vice President/ Chief Information Officer in consultation with appropriate University committees, faculty, Students, and staff. Any material change to this Policy must be approved by the President of the University.
Questions relative to this Policy should be directed to the Vice President / Chief Information Officer.
1.4 Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (Information Technology)
Saint Louis University requires the University community to accomplish its goals without infringing on the intellectual property rights of others. In accordance with the University's Copyright Policy, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and the Higher Education Act of 2008, Saint Louis University may terminate access and exercise disciplinary and/or other correctional measures for any copyright infringement claim, including repeated claims and/or violations or misuse of the University's information systems equipment or network connections and/or services. Users of University information technology should acquaint themselves with the use policies promulgated by the University's Information Technology Services department whose polices are incorporated herein. Such policies include, among other things, the right of the University to monitor, view, obtain, block, prohibit, and the like, any transmission or use of information via University technology services and equipment. Further information on this topic and other information technology policies is available online from Information Technology Services, located in the Lindell Building on the Frost Campus.
Possession, use and distribution of stimulants, depressants, narcotics or hallucinogenic drugs, and other illegal agents having potential for abuse, except for a properly designated physician's or dentist's prescription, is forbidden by University policy and local, state and/or federal law. Such use, possession and conduct are prohibited on Saint Louis University's premises, or as part of any University activities. Selling, bartering, exchanging or giving away such substances to any person is illegal and prohibited. Any Student engaged in such activities may be reported to law enforcement agents and will be subject to severe conduct action, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal. Please refer to section 2.4.12 of the Code of Conduct for more information about University Drug Policy.
In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University annually communicates to Students information that includes the University Alcohol and Drug Policies, counseling and assistance programs, University and legal outcomes, health risks, and uses and effects of controlled substances. All Students should become familiar with this information.
For assistance and information on issues relating to drugs, please contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 977-2323.
1.7 Email Communication
Students will receive important information via the SLU e-mail accounts set up for them when they register. This information may include but is not limited to residence hall registration, notification regarding disciplinary status, registration confirmation, emergency notification, etc. It is imperative for Students to check their SLU e-mail accounts on a daily basis. Students should contact ITS to receive account information. Also, Students may receive instructions on ways to forward mail from the SLU e-mail account to another account already in activation. Students will be held accountable for all information sent to them via e-mail.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE
Saint Louis University is a Jesuit Catholic institution with a distinctive educational mission and philosophy emphasizing Christian humanism, human dignity, and the development of the total human being. These core values are manifested in the University's commitment to foster a workplace and learning environment that is free from any form of harassment because of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran's status, pregnancy or any other characteristics protected by law.
This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students of Saint Louis University, with the exception of the Saint Louis University at Madrid campus.
Saint Louis University affirms that harassment because of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran's status, pregnancy, or any other protected classification is detrimental to its mission and values. The University endeavors to take steps reasonably necessary to prevent such behavior from occurring, including providing education and training to faculty, staff, and Students as to their rights and responsibilities, informing persons of the appropriate procedures for reporting inappropriate behavior, promptly investigating complaints, and imposing appropriate sanctions.
Amorous relationships that occur in the context of educational or employment supervision and evaluation present serious concerns about the validity of consent. The disparity of power between persons involved in amorous relationships, such as those between a teacher and Student, supervisor and subordinate, or senior and junior colleagues in the same department or unit, makes these relationships susceptible to exploitation. Those who abuse their power in such a context violate their duty to the University community.
Anyone who engages in a sexual relationship with a person over whom s/he has any power or authority within the University structure must understand that the validity of the consent may be questioned. In the event of a charge of sexual harassment, the University will give very critical scrutiny to any defense based upon consent when the facts establish that a power differential existed within the relationship.
A. For purposes of this policy, "harassment" means any intentional unwelcomed, unsolicited, and offensive conduct that tends to injure, degrade, disgrace, or show hostility toward a person because of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. For purposes of applying this policy, "sexual" harassment includes conduct that is of a sexual nature or related to a person's gender and may include persons of the same sex.
Harassment is a violation of this policy in any of the following situations:
(1) If a person is promised or is given some favorable academic of employment-related action or benefit only if she or he will submit to or tolerate the harassing behavior; or
(2) If a person is threatened with or suffers adverse academic or employment-related action because s/he has not submitted to or tolerated the harassing behavior; or
(3) If the harassing behavior in question interferes with a person's work or academic performance, has the purpose or effect of interfering with a person's status or participation in a university course, program, or activity, is used as a basis for educational or employment decisions, or has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.
A complaint will be reviewed under the totality of the circumstances to determine whether or not a violation has occurred under A (1)-(3) and the severity of the violation. This will include examining such factors as the nature of the conduct, the context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred, whether the conduct was solicited or invited, and the frequency, severity, and impact of the conduct on the victim. In order to find a violation the conduct must be both objectively unwelcome and offensive to a reasonable person and, in fact, perceived as such by the complaining party.
B. False complaints: Any person who, in bad faith, files a false complaint or provides false information to University officials investigating a complaint shall be deemed to have violated this policy. This is not in any way meant to discourage legitimate complaints or consultation.
C. Retaliation: The University will not tolerate retaliation against any person who in good faith makes a harassment complaint, exercises his/her rights under this policy, or cooperates or participates in any internal or external investigation or proceedings. Retaliation constitutes a violation of this policy.
The following examples are provided so that members of the University community have a better understanding of the general range of behaviors that might constitute harassment in violation of this policy.
Examples of "harassment" in violation of this policy include the following:
(1) Sexual advances, propositions, flirtations, requests or pressure of any kind for sexual favors under any of the circumstances described by Prohibitions A.(1), (2), or (3);
(2) Sexually explicit, graphic, abusive, degrading, intimidating, or offensive jokes, comments, remarks, or gestures, under any of the circumstances described by Prohibitions A.(1), (2), or (3).
(3) Physical contact or intimidation under any of the circumstances described by Prohibitions A. (1), (2), or (3).
(4) Display, circulation, or communication of any sexually suggestive, explicit, graphic, or offensive objects, pictures, or materials of any kind, under any of the circumstances described by Prohibitions A.(1), (2), or (3).
The University recognizes the sensitive nature of harassment complaints. It endeavors within this policy to respect the rights and dignity of all persons involved and to provide a neutral atmosphere in the investigation of complaints and in its efforts to end prohibited behavior. The University endeavors to maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to processing harassment complaints, subject to its need to effectively administer this policy.
This policy shall be applied in a manner consistent with the University's provision on academic freedom set forth in The Faculty Manual of Saint Louis University (Section III.H.1).
Any person who believes that s/he has been subjected to conduct prohibited under this policy may elect to pursue the matter as either an informal or a formal complaint. An informal complaint involves discussion and counseling, including but not limited to mediation, as the primary means by which conduct may be constructively influenced and resolution reached. A formal complaint may result in disciplinary action against the Accused.
The following procedures have been developed to receive and investigate harassment complaints. Any person who believes that s/he has been subjected to Prohibited Harassment may elect to pursue the matter as either an informal or formal complaint.
A. Where to Get Help--Informal Complaints
The persons listed below have been designated as the contact person(s) for informal complaints and to provide information and consultation regarding Prohibited Harassment and this policy:
Informal complaints against Students involving conduct in the residence halls or campus owned/operated apartments should be directed to the Resident Advisor, Residence Hall Coordinator, or the Director of Housing and Residence Life. All other informal complaints against undergraduate Students should be reported to the Assistant Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students or the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Informal complaints against graduate or professional Students should be directed to the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action or the Dean of the Accused or the complainant's School or College. It is recommended that the complainant keep a record of prohibited conduct such as a journal of his/her experiences, reflecting dates, times, places, nature of the incident, and names of any witness(es).
Informal complaints directed against staff employees should be reported to the employee's immediate supervisor, department head, unit vice president, Vice President for Human Resources, or the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action.
Informal complaints directed against faculty should be reported to the faculty member's Chair, Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, or the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action.
All complaints involving persons who are not members of the University community, such as employees of outside vendors, should be reported to the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action.
The informal complaint may be resolved as follows:
1. The complainant may meet with the Accused, discuss the behavior of the Accused, and, if appropriate, request that such behavior be stopped;
2. The complainant may meet with the designated contact person to ask that the contact person meet with the Accused to discuss the behavior and, if appropriate, ask that the behavior be stopped; or
3. If, after consultation with the designated contact person or after steps under the Informal Complaint process have been taken, the complainant should indicate s/he does not wish the University to take further action on the complaint, the designated contact person shall present "a request for no action" form to the complaining party. The completion of the form is strictly voluntary.
The University administration reserves the right to initiate the Formal Complaint process outlined below depending upon the nature and seriousness of the complaint.
B. Formal Complaints
The Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action ("Director") is responsible for processing and investigating formal complaints against faculty, staff, and Students. All formal complaints should be directed by the complainant or referred by University personnel to the Director. Prior to initiating the investigation, the Director will contact the appropriate Vice President to give notice of the complaint and the pending investigation.
In order to screen the complaint and determine if an investigation is warranted, the Director ordinarily will require the complainant to submit a written complaint. The complaint should be signed by the complainant and set forth in writing the particulars relating to the alleged harassment, including the name and position of the Accused. The Director will investigate the complaint with assistance from Human Resources or personnel from other appropriate units as needed. Alternatively, the Director may refer the complaint to some other suitable authority for investigation and possible action.
Whenever the Director conducts the investigation the complainant and the Accused will be interviewed. The Accused will be furnished with a copy of the complaint and will have an opportunity to respond and submit additional information. The Director will interview other witnesses and collect such additional information as the Director deems reasonably necessary to determine whether a violation of this policy did or did not occur. Within a reasonable period of time after commencing the investigation, the Director will submit a report to the appropriate Vice President, the Accused, and the complaining party outlining the Director's findings and recommended disciplinary or corrective action.
Within five (5) working days from receipt of the report, the complainant or the Accused may file a request for reconsideration with the appropriate Vice President by attaching a copy of the Director's report and stating the specific reasons for setting aside the Director's findings or recommendations. The Vice President will review the record of the investigation conducted by the Director and may seek additional information and consult with the Director or any other person, including the complainant or the Accused, as needed. Ordinarily, the Director's report will be accepted except where the Vice President concludes that the findings or the recommended actions are not reasonable or supported by the record. The Vice President also may recommend more or less severe disciplinary or other corrective action depending upon the circumstances in any particular case including, but not limited to, the prior employment record of the Accused and due consideration for effective enforcement of this policy. After reviewing the Director's report and any request for reconsideration, the Vice President will issue a written decision accepting or rejecting the Director's report and outlining any disciplinary actions or proceedings that will be initiated. A copy of the decision will be sent to the Accused, the complainant, and the Director.
In any instance where the Accused is an officer of the University, the Director will consult with the appropriate higher ranking official(s) and a representative of the General Counsel's Office for direction on administering the complaint.
C. Disciplinary Action
The appropriate Vice President is responsible for ultimately determining whether disciplinary action is warranted and invoking the applicable University disciplinary policies and procedures. Potential disciplinary actions implemented under this policy may include but will not be limited to, formal warning, mandatory training and education, transfer, demotion, suspension, probation, or separation from the University, residence hall reassignment, and termination of relationships with outside contractors and vendors. The Vice President may take reasonable and necessary interim action until an investigation can be completed or a final disciplinary action can be implemented.
All interim and final disciplinary or corrective action shall be initiated consistent with the specific policies and procedures applicable to faculty, staff, or Students depending upon the particular status of the Accused. Disciplinary action against undergraduate Students will be processed under the Code of Student Conduct contained in the Student Handbook of Saint Louis University. Cases involving disciplinary action against graduate or professional Students will be referred to the Dean of the respective School or College for handling under policies and procedures governing Prohibited Harassment or matters relating to the Student's qualifications and fitness to continue in a particular program. Disciplinary action against faculty will be governed by the procedural requirements and standards contained in The Faculty Manual of Saint Louis University. Depending on the nature of the action(s) sought by the University administration, the faculty member may invoke the grievance procedures set out in Section III.I.9.2 of the Faculty Manual, procedures for challenging serious outcomes short of termination set out in Section III.I.8 of the Faculty Manual, or the procedures for challenging termination for cause set out in Section III.I.6 of the Faculty Manual. Any disciplinary action against staff will be implemented consistent with the policies and procedures set forth in the Staff Handbook of Saint Louis University except where otherwise provided for employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
COMMUNICATION OF OUTCOME
The University will inform the Accused, complainant, and any other persons who have a legitimate need to know of the general outcome of any informal or formal complaint. Disclosure of information involving Students shall be subject to any legal requirements including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Clery Act.
1.9 Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol
Saint Louis University welcomes Students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and identities, and strives to create a sense of community that facilitates their development as men and women for others. In accordance with its Mission, Saint Louis University considers acts of hate and bias unacceptable and antithetical to its commitment to an inclusive community that respects the fundamental dignity of all human beings.
The goal of this protocol is to: (i) address acts of hate, bias, or other acts of intolerance that impact members of our University community, (ii) appropriately inform the community about such incidents, and (iii) take appropriate actions to demonstrate that Saint Louis University will not tolerate incidents of hate, bias, or other acts of intolerance.
It should be noted, however, that while the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it may not necessarily be a hate crime or bias-related incident. The University values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas and, consequently, the expression of controversial ideas and differing views that is a vital part of the University discourse. While this value of openness protects the expression of controversial ideas, it does not protect harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals that violate the Code of Student Conduct or the University's Policy on Harassment.
A. What is a hate crime?
Pursuant to federal law, a hate crime is a criminal act where an individual willfully causes bodily injury to any person, or attempts to do so through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person. 18 U.S.C. § 249.
B. What is a bias-related incident?
Not all hateful behavior rises to the level of a crime. This protocol uses the term "bias-related incidents" to refer to any act or behavior that is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and/or the Policy on Harassment and reasonably believed to be motivated by a consideration (real or perceived) of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other protected classification.
Examples of bias-related incidents include epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.
III. Adjudication Under University Policy
Incidents of hate crimes or bias-related incidents will be subject to investigation and procedures according to existing University policy, including the Code of Student Conduct and the Policy on Harassment. If the results of a hate crime or bias-related incident investigation warrant the initiation of conduct charges and a conduct hearing, all such cases will be advanced for consideration in the hearing schedule of the Conduct Body, which is defined in 2.1.7 of the Code of Student Conduct.
Absent mitigating circumstances, once the Conduct Body determines that a Student has committed a bias-related incident, the Student will normally receive a minimum sanction of separation from the University for one semester.
A member of the University community accused of a hate crime may be charged both within the scope of University policy and procedures and in the criminal justice system. Even if criminal justice authorities or the victim choose not to prosecute, the University may pursue disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct. See 2.8 of the Code of Student Conduct.
IV. Response Protocols
The following outlines the steps that: (i) a Student should follow to report an incident; and (ii) the University will follow upon receiving a report of an incident.
A. Reporting an Incident: Upon experiencing or learning of a bias-related incident, contact the appropriate party ("Responding Party") listed below:
1. Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS): If the incident involves criminal activity, requires immediate emergency attention, or occurs after hours, contact DPSSS. If a Student is a victim of an alleged hate crime, DPSSS will inform the Student of criminal reporting options and assist with contacting the St. Louis Police Department.
2. Residence Hall Coordinator: If the incident occurs in a University-owned or operated residence hall or apartment, contact the Residence Hall Coordinator on duty.
3. Dean of Students: All incidents can be reported to the Dean of Students.
4. Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action: All incidents can also be reported to the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action.
5. Upon contacting the Responding Party, report all known information. The Responding Party will document the incident (including photographing any damage or vandalism). Until the incident can be documented appropriately by the Responding Party, the scene should not be disturbed if at all possible.
B. Incident Response Process: The University's Response Process will be initiated immediately:
1. Upon receiving a report, the Responding Party will notify the Dean of Students and report all known information. In the event an incident involves criminal activity or requires immediate emergency attention, DPSSS will evaluate the incident and notify appropriate authorities.
2. The Dean of Students will notify the Vice President for Student Development and report all known information and convene the Bias Incident Response Team (B.I.R.T.) within 48 hours of receiving a report (see Section IV. C.).
3. The Vice President for Student Development will notify the University's executive leadership and report all known information.
C. Bias Incident Response Team (B.I.R.T.).
1. B.I.R.T. is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from within the SLU community, who, in response to a bias incident report, will coordinate an appropriate institutional response.
2. B.I.R.T. is chaired by the Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students.
3. B.I.R.T. is minimally comprised of the following members or their designee:
Assistant Director, Student Health & Counseling (Senior Counselor)
Associate Director, Housing and Residence Life
Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, Frost Campus
Director, Campus Ministry
Director, Diversity and Affirmative Action
Director, Housing and Residence Life
Director, International Services
Director, Public Safety
Director, Student Involvement Center
Director, Student Conduct
Director, Cross Cultural Center
4. The Dean of Students may appoint additional members or resources as needed.
5. B.I.R.T. Assessment and Recommendations: B.I.R.T. will assess any threat to parties involved and recommend appropriate actions to protect the safety of the impacted individual(s) or group. Such actions may include relocation of targeted individual(s) or offender(s). B.I.R.T. will also assess the need for emergency services (emergency medical or psychological assessment or treatment) follow-up, recommend if conduct charges should be initiated against an individual or group, and recommend a response to specific individuals involved, as well as segments of community(s) impacted.
D. Communication with Other Units: The Dean of Students will communicate as necessary with other units impacted to make directors or department chairs aware of the incident.
E. Case Coordinator: With advisement from B.I.R.T, the Dean of Students will assign a Case Coordinator to the Student who reports an incident and/or who is the reported victim of an incident. The assigned Case Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining contact with the Student(s) throughout the process, from the initial incident and as long as necessary to address academic, personal, and other issues which may have developed as a result of the incident while the Student is enrolled at the University (see Appendix A).
V. University Tracking and Reporting of Hate Crimes and Bias-Related Incidents
All reports of hate crimes and bias-related incidents will be documented and tracked via an Incident Report Log. The log will contain relevant information related to each report within the limitations of privacy laws. The log will be posted online at http://www.slu.edu/x38889.xml and available to all members of the University community. An e-mail notification will be sent to the University community when a new incident is reported.
VI. Communication of Hate Crimes
In the event a reported hate crime poses an ongoing threat to the campus community, the DPSSS will issue a timely warning crime alert, as described in the DPSSS Annual Campus Security Report.
VII. On-Campus Resources
Saint Louis University provides resources and support to those who are affected by bias-related incidents, including the following:
Ph: (314) 977-2425
Cross Cultural Center
BSC, Suite 237
Ph: (314) 977-2119
Dean of Students
Ph: (314) 977-1572
Diversity and Affirmative Action
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
Ph: (314) 977-3838
Housing and Residence Life
Village Building B
Ph: (314) 977-2811
Department of Public Safety and Security Services
DuBourg Hall, Room 9
Emergencies: (314) 977-3000
General Information: (314) 977-2376
Busch Student Center, Suite 313
Ph: (314) 977-7326
Student Health and Counseling
Marchetti Towers East
Ph: (314) 977-2323
Student Involvement Center
Busch Student Center, Room 319
Ph: (314) 977-2805
VIII. Relevant University Policies and Other References
A. Saint Louis University Policies
1. Code of Student Conduct
2. Saint Louis University Policy on Harassment
3. Saint Louis University Sexual Assault Policy (section 1.11)
B. Saint Louis University Department of Public Safety and Security Annual Campus Security Report
C. Missouri Hate Crime Laws
§ 574.085 R.S.Mo.
Criminalizes vandalism or damage to places used for religious worship or other religious purpose, schools, community centers, and any personal property contained therein.
§ 557.035 R.S.Mo.
Provides enhanced penalties for crimes "the state believes to be knowingly motivated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability of the victim or victims."
University Students must make satisfactory settlement with the Office of Student Financial Services for any and all debts to the University. Otherwise, Students will not be permitted to attend classes or to take final examinations after the due date of any unpaid obligation. No degree will be conferred on, nor any diploma, certificate or transcript or a record issued to, a Student who has an outstanding debt to the University.
Saint Louis University does not endorse or affiliate itself with any insurance company for the purpose of life or property insurance for its Students. Therefore, no insurance salesman, agent or broker has prior authority to sell insurance anywhere on the campus of the University. In view of the above, you are requested to inform the Student Involvement Center of any situation contrary to the above statements so that necessary corrective action may be taken.
Accident and hospitalization insurance is required for every Student enrolled at the University. All Students automatically will be enrolled and assessed a fee for coverage in the University's accident and hospitalization insurance program unless they submit proof of insurance and request not to be enrolled in the University's plan in a timely manner, according to published/mailed dates and deadlines.
1.12 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security
Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
The "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" (originally known as the "Campus Security Act"), 20 USC Section 1092, was enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. This law, which applies to all institutions of higher education that participate in any federal Student aid programs, requires schools, among other things, to publicly disclose 3 years of campus crime statistics and basic security policies.
In accordance with the Clery Act, the University annually distributes its Campus Safety Report. Copies of the report and other information required under the Act can be obtained during normal business hours from the Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS), DuBourg Hall 9; the Office of Student Financial Services, DuBourg Hall 121; the Department of Athletics, Chaifetz Arena; Medical School Admissions, Schwitalla Hall 226; the School for Professional Studies, 3322 Olive, or online at the DPSSS webpage.
1.13 Missing Persons
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(j), this policy establishes procedure and protocols for the Saint Louis University community to report, investigate, communicate, and notify emergency contacts when a Student living on campus ("Residential Student") is determined to be missing. All current faculty, staff, and Students ("University Community Members") share the responsibility of reporting to the Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS) when they believe that a Student is missing. This policy establishes a framework for cooperation among University Community Members aimed at locating and assisting Residential Students who are reported missing.
This policy is intended to address missing Residential Students, however, all reports of missing Students may be directed to DPSSS. Parents and legal guardians may also report to DPSSS when they believe their Student may be missing.
For purposes of this policy, the following terms are defined as follows:
Confidential Emergency Contact- The individual or individuals identified by each Student in the University's Banner Information System or on their emergency data card.
Determined Missing- Among University Community Members, only DPSSS is authorized, upon completion of its investigation, to determine that a Student is missing.
Reported Missing- A Student may be reported missing to DPSSS when he or she is absent from the University for more than 24 hours without any known reason.
Residential Student- A residential Student is a Student who resides in on-campus housing pursuant the terms of a housing contract and is currently enrolled at Saint Louis University.
Student- A Student is any individual who is currently enrolled at Saint Louis University.
University Community Member- University community members include current faculty, staff, and Students.
IV. Notification to Residential Students
All Students will be notified of this policy via e-mail and Residential Students will be informed during mandatory floor meetings at the beginning of each semester. Policy notifications via e-mail will include links to the Student Handbook.
A. In conjunction with the University Emergency Communication System, all Students have the opportunity and are expected to identify a Confidential Emergency Contact.
B. All Students may register a Confidential Emergency Contact by entering the person's name and contact information into the University's Banner Information System. Residential Students must also register Confidential Emergency Contact information on their emergency data card as part of the residence hall or apartment check-in process. Confidential Emergency Contact information may include, but is not limited to, telephone numbers, addresses, names and e-mails. The Student is responsible for ensuring that the contact information is up-to-date and accurate.
C. The University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after a Residential Student is Determined Missing if that Residential Student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual.
D. The University will notify law enforcement no later than 24 hours after a Residential Student is Determined Missing.
E. If a Student is reported missing to DPSSS and the Student is Determined Missing, the University will initiate the emergency contact procedures detailed in Section V, below.
V. Procedures for Reporting and for Investigating Missing Students
A. Any University Community Member who receives a report that a Student is missing, or has independent information that a Student is missing, must immediately report the information or evidence to DPSSS. DPSSS will notify the Department of Housing and Residence Life to determine if the Student is a Residential Student.
B. If the Student is a Residential Student, the Department of Housing and Residence Life will assist DPSSS in a preliminary investigation in order to verify the situation and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing Student as follows:
i. A Department of Housing and Residential Life staff member ("Staff Member") will attempt to contact the Residential Student via his or her listed personal cell phone and University e-mail account. If the Residential Student cannot be reached by telephone, two (2) Staff Members will visit the room of the Residential Student in question to verify his or her whereabouts and/or conduct a health and safety inspection.
ii. If the Residential Student is located, the Staff Members will ask the Residential Student to contact the parent, family member, or other individual who initiated the report.
iii. If the Residential Student is not in the room, but it is occupied, the Staff Members will attempt to gain information on the Residential Student's whereabouts and/or health and safety from questioning the occupants.
iv. If there is no response when the Staff Members knock on the door of the room, the Staff Members will enter into the room in question, by key if necessary, to perform a health and safety inspection. The Staff Members will take note of the condition of the room and look for visible personal property (wallet, keys, cell phone, clothing, etc.) which might provide clues as to whether the subject Student has taken an extended trip or leave from the residence hall or apartment.
v. If (ii.) and (iii.) occur, the Staff Members will attempt to gain information on the Student's whereabouts from roommates, other members of the residential community, or other friends. The Staff Members will also attempt to acquire additional phone numbers for the subject Student (if not already on file) and use them to initiate contact.
vi. At any step in the process, Staff Members will immediately report any suspicious findings to DPSSS.
vii. If all of these steps do not provide Staff Members with an opportunity to speak with the Residential Student or to learn his or her whereabouts, the Department of Housing and Residential Life will: (a) contact DPSSS to investigate further and (b) notify the Office of the Dean of Students.
viii. If the Residential Student is determined to be under the age of eighteen, and not an emancipated individual, the Office of the Dean of Students will then contact the Residential Student's parents or guardian and/or Confidential Emergency Contact no more than 24 hours after the Residential Student is Determined Missing.
ix. If these steps provide Staff Members with an opportunity to speak with the Residential Student, they will attempt to verify the Residential Student's state of health and intention of returning to campus. If needed, the Residential Student will be referred to the Student Health and Counseling Center.
Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(j)
Saint Louis University's Parental Notification Policy
Rules and regulations for the operation of motor vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) are essential to safeguard the rights of pedestrians and drivers, and to permit parking as equitably as possible. Students who park or drive on campus must register their vehicle with Parking and Card Services, Room 33, DuBourg Hall. A Parking Policies and Procedures brochure is issued with each permit. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the imposition of parking fines, a denial of parking privileges, or other disciplinary or appropriate action. Unidentified (no permit) vehicles are subject to ticket and tow regulations. Unpaid fines will be considered a debt to the University. Parking Policies and Procedures are available in Parking and Card Services, DuBourg Room 33.
1.15 Recording of Name and Address Changes
Local mailing addresses must be indicated on registration materials. Any changes in a Student's name or address must be timely recorded with the Office of the Registrar. All official notices will be sent to local addresses, and failure to receive notices, through neglect in changing address, will not be accepted as an excuse. Legal name changes, other than through marriage, must be reported by means of a copy of the official court order permitting the change.
I. Introduction and Policy Goals
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.
It is the University's desire to create a supportive climate that will encourage individuals to report incidents. While this Policy sets out various courses of action, reporting of these incidents is the only mechanism by which offenders can be officially sanctioned by the University, thereby reducing the risk of repeat occurrences. In the absence of formal reporting, informal reporting is essential for the University to acquire an accurate account of the campus environment. Any reporting provides the opportunity for the University to provide compassionate, effective intervention, support and remediation, and most importantly, to help prevent such incidents from occurring.
The procedures outlined in this Policy are designed to achieve the following goals:
• Provide prompt and compassionate support services.
• Provide a comprehensive framework in which the needs and decisions of all parties concerned are central in determining further administrative response and assistance.
• Create a campus environment that both facilitates and expedites the prompt reporting of sexual assault.
• Cultivate a climate of community empowerment and education in which behaviors that contribute to sexual assault are not tolerated.
• Ensure that appropriate steps are followed when sexual assault is reported.
• Protect the rights of the Reporting Party, the Accused Party, and other parties involved in or affected by the case.
This Policy applies to all behavior in which the Accused Party is a Student. In the event the Accused Party is no longer subject to the University Student Conduct process or other University policies and procedures, the Reporting Party will be referred to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In the event the Accused Party is faculty, staff, or a non-University affiliated party, the reporting procedures and resources are the same as set forth in this Policy, but the University's investigation will be referred to the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action and conducted pursuant to the Policy on Harassment.
III. Definition of Terms
All definitions set forth in Section 2.1 of the Code of Conduct apply to this Policy. For the purposes of this Policy, the following definitions also apply:
"Consent" refers to explicit, verbal agreement to engage in, and continue to engage in, sexual activity. Consent is affirmative and freely given (e.g., saying "yes"). Consent may be withdrawn at any time. It is the responsibility of the person initiating the sexual activity to obtain the affirmative consent of the other party throughout the duration of said activity. For purposes of this Policy, valid consent cannot be obtained from a person whose ability to make decisions is substantially impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants or by mental or physical condition; who is unaware that the sexual activity is being committed (e.g., asleep or passed out); or who is compelled or coerced to grant consent by force, threat of force, deception, or supervisory or disciplinary authority.
"Reporting Contact" refers to individuals or entities across campus that have been designated to receive a report of sexual assault. While a Student is encouraged to report an incident to a person of her/his choice, the University has designated the following Reporting Contacts to receive reports of sexual assault. The designated Reporting Contacts have been trained to make the Reporting Party aware of available options and alternatives, to aid the Reporting Party in making an informed decision as to a course of action, and to enable the Reporting Party to follow through in that decision. The designated Reporting Contacts are:
1. Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS): If the incident requires immediate emergency attention, contact DPSSS.
2. Dean of Students
3. Residence Hall Staff
4. Office of Student Conduct
5. Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator (the Director of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action is the Title IX Coordinator).
"Reporting Party" refers to any individual who makes a report about an on- or off-campus incident.
"Sexual assault" refers to engaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that person's clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. It is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent. It is not the responsibility of the intended recipient of such sexual contact to affirmatively deny such consent. For purposes of this Policy, acts of sexual assault are classified into two categories: Level 1 and Level 2.
A Level 1 sexual assault refers to any sexual contact without consent and includes intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person's genitals, breasts, thighs, or buttocks.
A Student found responsible for a Level 1 sexual assault may be suspended. Other sanctions may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, mandated counseling assessment, campus restrictions, and/or other educational sanctions. Other relevant factors may be considered in assigning sanctions, including the Student's conduct history.
A Level 2 sexual assault refers to any attempted or actual sexual penetration of any kind without the victim's consent. Examples include vaginal, oral or anal penetration by fingers, genitals, or objects.
A Student found responsible for a Level 2 sexual assault may receive a long-term suspension or even expulsion from the University. Additional sanctions may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, mandated counseling assessment, campus restrictions, and/or other educational sanctions. Other relevant factors may be considered in assigning sanctions, including the Student's conduct history.
"Title IX Coordinator" refers to the person responsible for overseeing all sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault complaints at the University.
IV. Procedures for Reporting Incidents of Sexual Assault
A. Assistance and Medical Care
The priority response to any complaint of sexual assault is to address the safety of the Reporting Party. The University will help the Reporting Party get to a safe place and assist the Reporting Party in seeking immediate medical treatment and to preserve evidence for any complaint process the Reporting Party may choose to pursue. Please refer to Section X for all available resources.
B. Reporting and Support
The University encourages the reporting of all incidents of sexual assault. Any threat of retaliation or other attempt to prevent the report or investigation of an incident of sexual assault, or prevent participation in proceedings relating to sexual assault, is itself prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.
Deciding whether to report an incident is a personal and often difficult decision. Reporting sexual assault is often the beginning of a process by which victims regain control over their lives. Reporting sexual assault may also help in preventing future incidents and establishing precedent that will aid other victims in the future. It is important to understand the options available for reporting an incident of sexual assault. The following options are available:
1. Confidential Reporting
The only reporting option that affords complete confidentiality is speaking with a licensed counselor in Student Health and Counseling. Speaking confidentially with a counselor in Student Health and Counseling may also be helpful in deciding how to proceed because a counselor will provide information regarding additional reporting options (described in Section IV.B.2, below) and available resources (see Section X).
2. Other Reporting Options and Support Resources
Formal complaint: A formal complaint may be filed with any of the Reporting Contacts described above. When a formal complaint is received, the University will investigate the incident based on the information provided and determine an appropriate response, in consultation with the Reporting Party. The investigation will be prompt, thorough, and impartial and conducted in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator. In filing a formal complaint, the Reporting Party may choose to pursue the University's conduct process, as described in Section VI, below, though there is no obligation to do so. While the Reporting Party is not obligated to participate in the conduct process, the University can still pursue the conduct process if enough information is available.
Criminal report: A criminal report may be filed with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, or appropriate jurisdiction. DPSSS is available to provide assistance with contacting the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, or other appropriate jurisdiction. An individual may file a report with both the University and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, or other appropriate jurisdiction, as the systems operate independently.
Upon receipt of a sexual assault complaint, the University will provide to the Reporting Party a written notice describing the options listed above. Filing one of the above reports does not preclude a Reporting Party from filing any of the other types of reports. Multiple reporting options may be pursued. Regardless of the reporting option(s) used by the Reporting Party, the first priority is receiving prompt medical attention to treat any medical injuries and preserve evidence in the event the Reporting Party chooses to pursue a complaint at a later date. Please note that the first 96 hours after a sexual assault is a critical time frame for gathering the most complete medical evidence. All related medical and psychological treatment and services will be kept confidential.
Prompt intervention can do much to mitigate the trauma associated with sexual assault and enhance recovery. Everyone is encouraged to utilize appropriate services whether or not a report is filed. Any person in need of resources or assistance relating to any of the matters covered by this Policy is encouraged to contact one of the on or off-campus resources listed in Section X of this Policy.
In addition to the reporting options and conduct process, there are a variety of other supports and services available, which include follow-up medical care, academic assistance, alternative housing, a "cease and desist" order (i.e., a no contact order) from the Dean of Students, or an Order of Protection with the St. Louis City Circuit Court (Civil Courts Building, 9th Floor, Adult Abuse Office, 10 N. Tucker), or other appropriate jurisdiction.
V. University Response to Incidents of Sexual Assault
The University will respond to all reports of sexual assault in a timely, effective, and consistent manner. Factors the University may consider in determining which response procedure(s) to follow include when the report is filed and how the Reporting Party chooses to proceed. The University's response procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. The Reporting Contact will assist the Reporting Party in getting to a safe place. In doing so, the Reporting Contact will coordinate with DPSSS.
B. The Reporting Contact will encourage the Reporting Party to seek prompt medical attention for treatment of injuries and preservation of evidence, discuss the reasons why prompt medical treatment is important, and arrange for transportation to the hospital if the Reporting Party agrees to such medical treatment.
C. DPSSS will contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, or appropriate jurisdiction, for assistance. The Reporting Party will have the option to file a criminal report with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, or appropriate jurisdiction. Declining to speak with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, or other appropriate jurisdiction, at the time of the initial report does not preclude the Reporting Party from filing a criminal report at a later date.
D. The Reporting Contact will coordinate with the on-call sexual assault counselor from Student Health and Counseling and a victim's advocate from the St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center. The on-call sexual assault counselor and/or victim's advocate may be present at each stage of the reporting process, if requested by the Reporting Party.
E. The Reporting Contact will provide to the Reporting Party information describing the various reporting options described in Section IV.B. and available resources. The information will be discussed at the time of the initial report and also provided in writing to the Reporting Party.
F. If the Reporting Party wishes to pursue a formal complaint through the University Student Conduct process, the Reporting Contact will arrange for the Office of Student Conduct to contact the Reporting Party within one (1) business day of receiving the report to discuss the process, as well as other options available, including, but not limited to, pastoral counseling, academic assistance, alternative housing, or a "cease and desist" order (i.e., a no contact order) from the Dean of Students.
G. If the Reporting Party does not wish to pursue a formal complaint through the University Student Conduct process, the Reporting Contact will provide a referral to appropriate resources listed in Section X of this Policy. The Reporting Contact will also provide information on other options available, including, but not limited to, pastoral counseling, academic assistance, alternative housing, or a "cease and desist" order from the Dean of Students. Please note that even if a Reporting Party chooses not to participate in any conduct process or pursue the report as a criminal matter, the University can still pursue the conduct process if enough information is available.
H. The Reporting Contact and on-call sexual assault counselor will arrange for follow-up counseling, if requested by the Reporting Party.
I. The Reporting Contact will make notifications to appropriate University officials, including the Title IX Coordinator, and, where possible, limit the information provided to such officials by taking the Reporting Party's request for privacy into consideration (see Section VIII for more information regarding confidentiality). The Reporting Contact will also assist, at the request of the Reporting Party, in coordinating follow-up services, including referrals to appropriate resources listed in Section X.
VI. Overview of Student Conduct Process
Saint Louis University's conduct process for sexual assault complaints will be prompt and equitable and conducted in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator. Mediation is not appropriate for sexual assault cases. Pursuant to this Policy, the Office of Student Conduct, in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator, will investigate all complaints of sexual assault. The investigation will include a review of statements obtained from both the Reporting Party and the Accused Party, interviews with both parties, interviews with witnesses as appropriate, and review of relevant documentation and physical evidence. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the University will conclude its investigation and conduct process within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of a complaint. Both the Reporting Party and the Accused Party will be provided a thorough explanation of the procedures to be followed during the course of the conduct process. The procedures will follow those that are set forth in Sections 2.12 and 2.15 of the Student Handbook, but to the extent that anything set out in those sections is inconsistent with this Policy, the process set out in this Policy shall apply. These procedures include:
A. Both parties will be advised that the resources listed in Section X are available.
B. The Dean of Students will issue a written "cease and desist" order to all parties to an alleged sexual assault.
C. All sexual assault cases will go before the University Committee on Student Conduct (UCSC).
D. The University will utilize a pool of conduct officers trained to hear sexual assault cases (referred to herein as the "UCSC Sexual Assault Board"). Every effort is made to ensure that the members selected to sit on the UCSC Sexual Assault Board represent the diverse campus community.
E. All UCSC Sexual Assault Board members will receive training specific to sexual assault cases, with comprehensive training conducted prior to the beginning of each fall semester and refresher training prior to a hearing.
F. All information regarding a sexual assault complaint and investigation, and any subsequent conduct process, will be shared with, the Title IX Coordinator.
G. The UCSC Sexual Assault Board will determine responsibility using a preponderance of the evidence standard, i.e., more likely than not a sexual assault did or did not occur.
H. All parties will be treated equitably during the hearing process, including having the right to an advisor, the right to appeal the findings and/or the sanctions, and the right to reply to an appeal.
I. The importance of physical presence at a UCSC Sexual Assault Board hearing will be discussed with the Reporting Party.
J. The hearing room will have separate waiting rooms available for family members.
K. All parties will be informed of the UCSC Sexual Assault Board's findings and sanctions. Either party may appeal the decision and all appeals are shared with the other party providing them an opportunity to reply to the appeal. All appeals are due to the Office of Student Conduct within 48 hours following receipt of the official notification of the outcome. All replies to an appeal must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct within 48 hours following receipt of the appeal. Except in extraordinary circumstances, appeals will be resolved within thirty (30) calendar days following receipt of the request for appeal.
In accordance with University philosophy and mission, as well as Federal guidelines, training about the Policy and procedures regarding sexual assault is required for all Students, faculty, and staff.
The University will treat information that it receives in a manner that respects both the Reporting Party and the Accused Party. Recognizing that sexual assault can include criminal acts that violate the security of the entire campus community, there may be instances where the University has a responsibility to investigate or disclose information regarding the circumstances related to a specific incident. Campus and Reporting Party safety considerations will be balanced with the privacy interests of all involved, as well as the applicable legal requirements, when making decisions regarding such investigations and disclosures.
The University's ability to act to protect the interests of the Reporting Party and other Students is limited by the information provided to it. The University's ability to respond to a report of sexual assault may be limited if the Reporting Party insists that his or her name, or other identifiable information not be disclosed. The University will evaluate a request for anonymity in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for the campus community. Additionally, while the Reporting Party is under no obligation to reveal the identity of the Accused Party, the Reporting Party will be encouraged to do so in the interest of protecting all members of the University community and preventing future incidents of sexual assault.
This Policy shall be subject to annual review for compliance with applicable law and assessment of best practices.
Ph: (314) 977-2425
Department of Public Safety and Security Services
DuBourg Hall, Room 9
Emergencies: (314) 977-3000
General Information: (314) 977-2376
Housing and Residence Life
Village Apartments, Brown Hall
Ph: (314) 977-2811
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action
Jennifer Scheessele, Director and Title IX Coordinator
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
Ph: (314) 977-3838
Office of Student Conduct
Busch Student Center, Suite 313
Ph: (314) 977-7326
Student Health and Counseling Services
Marchetti Towers East
Ph: (314) 977-2323 (24-hour line)
Saint Louis University HOT-LINE
(877) 525-5669 or (877) 525-KNOW
St. Louis Community Resources
ALIVE (Alternative to Living in Violent Environments)
Ph: (314) 993-2777
Crime Victim's Advocacy Center of St. Louis
Ph: (314) 652-3623LAAW (Legal Advocates for Abused Women)
Ph: (314) 535-5229
Life Crisis (24 hour Hotline)
Ph: (314) 647-4357
Ph: (314) 531-RAPE (7273)
St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center
Ph: (314) 726-6665
United Way Information and Referral Service
Ph: 211 or (314) 421-4336
Women's Safe House
Ph: (314) 772-4535
Ph: (314) 531-2003
UM-St. Louis Center for Trauma Recovery
Ph. (314) 516-6738
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
1.17 Student Grievances (Nonacademic)
The following grievance procedure is available to Students if a Student believes he or she has not received fair treatment with respect to services provided by the University, outside of the classroom.
1.17.1 Grievance Procedure
188.8.131.52 A Student with a grievance should first notify the person or office responsible to seek a resolution. Such notification should be in writing and should be timely submitted.
184.108.40.206 If the Student does not receive a satisfactory response within a reasonable period of time, but no later than ten days or less, he or she should notify in writing the director or dean responsible for the particular office or department. The dean or director will then be responsible for a reply within ten days from the day of receipt.
220.127.116.11 If the Student still is not satisfied that appropriate action has been taken, he or she should submit his or her concern in writing to the appropriate Vice President. The Vice President will be the final arbiter of the problem, and will notify the Student of the resolution within ten days of receipt of the complaint. For further assistance, contact the Assistant Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students.
1.18 Student Identification
All registered students are expected to carry their University Identification Card (SLU ID card) at all times for identification purposes. Lost, stolen or damaged cards must be replaced by Parking and Card Services immediately, at the student's expense. SLU ID's are the property of Saint Louis University and must be shown to any University official, or his or her designated agent, upon request.
1.19 Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. section 1232(g), as amended, is a federal law giving certain rights to parents or Students regarding educational records at schools of every level receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Education. At the post-secondary school level, the rights afforded by FERPA belong, in general, to the Student rather than to the parent. In accordance with FERPA, the University annually distributes to Students a Notification of Rights. Copies of the notice also may be obtained in the registrar's office or on-line at www.slu.edu. Students with disabilities should call the University Disabilities Coordinator at 977-8885 to obtain assistance as needed.
1.20.1 Outdoor events and gatherings on campus at which alcohol will be sold or consumed must be registered with Event Services and approved by the Student Involvement Center , BSC 319. Alcoholic beverages may be dispensed ONLY WITH SPECIAL LICENSE from the state and/or city, obtained by University Dining Services, Busch Student Center. At least 14 days planning time is required.
1.20.2 Alcoholic beverages in outdoor locations are permitted ONLY at registered/approved events. For safety reasons, no glass bottles are permitted.
1.20.3 Procedures for Planning Student Events (A step-by-step checklist for planners of social activities at which alcoholic beverages will be served or sold):
18.104.22.168 Decide on a Date. You may wish to consult the activities calendar online to avoid duplication or over-booking.
22.214.171.124 Register the Activity. Obtain a Program Planning Form, found online from the Student Involvement Center and follow the policies outlined in the Program, Presentation, and Speaker Policy set forth in section 3.3 of the Student Organization Policies. Complete the form and submit it to the Student Involvement Center in Busch Student Center, room 319 at least twenty business days before the event.
126.96.36.199 Select the Location. After you receive approval for your event from the Student Involvement Center, reserve any space on campus by contacting Event Services at 977-6338, BSC 356. For off-campus locations, call the hotel, banquet or other facility of your choice and obtain information and a letter of intent or sample contract. No contracts on behalf of the University may be signed by any unauthorized individual. Contracts may only be signed by authorized University officials. Personal liability for the event may result for the individual signing contracts on behalf of the University. Consult the Student Involvement Center for details.
188.8.131.52 Arrange for Food and Beverage Service. On campus, all food and beverage service must be provided by University Dining Services. Discuss your needs with the catering manager at 977-1559.
184.108.40.206 Confirm the Location. If the event will be held in a location on campus not reservable through Event Services (such as Simon Recreation Center) take the approved copy of the Program Planning Form with the contract, to the appropriate office. Pay any applicable deposit or fee. Keep your copy of the form for reference. If the event is at an off-campus location, complete your arrangements with the facility.
1.21 Responsible Action Protocol
As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Saint Louis University (SLU) strives to create an atmosphere that supports the holistic development of its students. For the University and its students to thrive, we all must share the responsibility to create a community that protects both individuals and property from harm.
The University recognizes that, at times, it can be a challenge for students to make decisions that demonstrate responsibility as it pertains to living in community with others. At times, students may find themselves facing an ethical dilemma. Sometimes, a series of poor choices leads to a situation that results in alcohol intoxication, drug overdose, sexual assault, or physical assault, and a student is in serious need of medical treatment or professional assistance. A companion of the "endangered student" or a witness may be afraid to seek help for fear of student conduct repercussions. The purpose of this protocol is to provide guidance and encouragement for an "assisting student" to act in ways that help and care for the "endangered student."
In situations where students seek appropriate help, Saint Louis University considers such actions, first and foremost, as responsible health and safety interventions. The University has accepted the following Responsible Action Protocol, which it hopes will help alleviate students' concerns about seeking help for endangered students and therefore promote responsible action on the part of all students.
II. Definition of Terms
For the purposes of this protocol, the following definitions apply:
Endangered Student: any student whose physical or mental safety is impaired and is in need of emergency medical assessment and possibly treatment or other professional support and assistance. The sources of impairment may be, but are not limited to, alcohol poisoning, drug overdose, sexual assault, or physical assault.
Assisting Student: any student trying to assist an "Endangered Student" by seeking help.
The Responsible Action Protocol (RAP) is intended to encourage students to act as concerned citizens of the campus community by helping Endangered Students seek the assistance they may need. In situations where a student may need help due to a possible alcohol or drug overdose, this protocol encourages responsible students to assist students whose lives may be endangered. Because students sometimes have concerns about calling for immediate emergency assistance due to a fear of "getting in trouble", the RAP establishes a protocol that may eliminate altogether, or at least lessen, a student conduct response for students involved in an Endangered Student situation.
In situations whereby students seek help for Endangered Students, the University will consider the positive impact of the Assisting Student's actions when determining any corresponding student conduct actions. The University will strive to balance the assisting student's actions against the series of choices that led to the emergency situation. In many cases, the Assisting Student will not be assigned any student conduct sanction. In other cases, when the Assisting Student's actions prior to seeking help negatively contributed to the Endangered Student's situation, some educational requirements (i.e., drug/alcohol assessment, reflection paper, counseling, etc.), may be imposed.
Without question, when a student acts responsibly to assist an Endangered Student, such actions will be viewed positively by the University when determining whether any conduct action, including parental notification, is required. For more information about parental notification, refer to the University's policy in the student handbook. It is important to note that all incidents reported on campus are documented and that educational, community, and health interventions may be required for students that are a part of in an incident involving an Endangered Student. In cases where more serious or egregious incidents have occurred (particularly those involving severe injury, assaults, and damage, etc.), students may still be subject to formal student conduct action, but the University will consider an assisting students' efforts to summon aid as a mitigating factor when assessing possible sanctions.
Helping an Endangered Student does not provide the Assisting Student with blanket amnesty. Students who demonstrate consistent and repeated patterns of engaging in at-risk behaviors or who have contributed to an Endangered Student's condition may be subject to disciplinary action, medical review and/or treatment. Failure to complete requirements or sanctions may be treated as a conduct matter by the Office of Student Conduct. The RAP does not preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities. Students may be held accountable for misconduct and/or damages accompanying the use and/or abuse of alcohol or other substances.
Students who fail to take responsible actions in emergency situations void all protections under the RAP and may be held responsible for contributing aggravating factors in a student conduct proceeding. Failure to act responsibly may lead to serious consequences when such failure to act results in a violation of University rules, regulations, or policies.
In a situation involving imminent threat or danger to the health or safety of any individual(s), students are generally expected to:
1. Call emergency officials (DPSSS) at 314-977-3000 and/or to report the incident to the a Housing and Residence Life staff member (if the situation is located in or around a residence hall),
2. Stay with the individual(s) needing emergency response so long as it is safe to do so, and cooperate with emergency officials,
3. Cooperate with appropriate University officials after the incident by meeting with them to provide identification and eyewitness testimony, debrief the incident, and assist with any University investigation after the incident.
Remember: Call. Stay. Cooperate.
V. Frequently Asked Questions about RAP
A. What is the purpose of the Responsible Action Protocol (RAP)?
The Responsible Action Protocol (RAP) is designed to encourage students to help other students. In situations where an endangered student may need medical attention or professional intervention due to a possible alcohol or drug overdose, this protocol recognizes and supports responsible students who seek help on behalf of other students. It is the University's hope that this protocol will reduce an assisting student's concerns about calling for immediate emergency assistance by eliminating or lessening the University's conduct response for students involved in the situation.
B. How does the Responsible Action Protocol (RAP) work?
In an emergency situation, particularly where an alcohol or drug overdose is suspected or where other medical attention may be warranted, responsible students are asked to take the following steps:
• Call DPSSS at 977-3000 and/or contact a Housing and Residence Life staff member immediately,
• Stay with the individual needing assistance (unless it is unsafe to do so).
• Cooperate fully with emergency officials at the scene and with University officials after the fact.
In other words: Call. Stay. Cooperate. Students who follow these steps may receive no (or lessened) conduct action from the University.
C. If students follow the RAP, does that mean that no conduct action is taken?
In many cases, the answer is yes; however students may be then required to meet with University official(s) and complete educational or developmental exercises. For example, students may be asked to complete an alcohol/drug assessment or write a reflection paper.
In cases where more serious or egregious incidents have occurred (particularly those involving severe injury, assaults, damage, etc.), students may still be subject to formal student conduct action, but the University will consider the students' efforts to summon aid as a mitigating factor when assessing possible sanctions.
D. Does this protocol protect the Endangered Student from conduct sanctions?
The RAP seeks to reduce an Assisting Student's concerns about calling for immediate emergency assistance by eliminating or lessening the University's conduct actions for students involved in the situation. In situations where help is sought, a student's decision to seek help will be considered favorably and will be considered in any decision to pursue possible student conduct action.
E. What records are kept regarding incidents involving the Responsible Action Protocol?
The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) maintains student conduct records. In accordance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and University policy, in most circumstances, information from a student's educational record may only be shared with others when the student has given consent to do so. If you act in accordance with the RAP and no conduct action is taken by the OSC, information about the incident in question will not be part of your student record. If you are a witness and your name is in the incident report involving another student, your name will be redacted from that record.
F. Is there a limit to the number of times the Responsible Action Protocol can be used?
Students are always encouraged to look after and care for their friends and peers and are expected to take responsible actions at all times. The OSC will inquire further if it appears a student is abusing the RAP in order to avoid being held accountable for actions that are in violation of the Code of Student Conduct. In addition, a student who demonstrates consistent and repeated patterns of such behavior may require further assessment and/or intervention. Failure to complete such referrals will be treated as a conduct matter.
G. Will my parents find out?
Possibly, but not necessarily. The University reserves the right, consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), to contact parents or guardians when students under the age of 21 have violated University policies regarding alcohol or drugs or where there is a health or safety emergency. As stated previously, the goal of the RAP is to help reduce students' apprehensions about seeking help for an Endangered Student because of their concerns about possible conduct action being taken by the University as a result of their actions. It is the University's hope that the RAP will reinforce to students that they should always take responsible action to assist an Endangered Students and that by doing so, the University is less likely to take any punitive action against them or notify their parents.
H. Does the Responsible Action Protocol protect students from the police or legal action?
No. The Responsible Action Protocol only applies to University conduct action; it does not prevent or preclude police or other legal actions.
I. Does the Responsible Action Protocol cover student clubs/organizations, fraternities, and sororities?
In some situations, yes. Student clubs/organizations, including fraternities and sororities (herein referred to as "student groups"), are held to a high standard, and following the RAP should not be construed as a way for a student group to avoid conduct actions altogether. That being said, responsible behavior does help the cause of the student group and is a factor in determining conduct sanctions.
Student groups are expected to incorporate the RAP into their risk management plans, and thus always comply with the Responsible Action Protocol. The University will therefore deem the failure of a student group to comply with the RAP as an egregious factor when determining conduct actions or sanctions.
J. What is alcohol poisoning?
Alcohol poisoning is another term for an alcohol overdose, when individuals consume so much alcohol that their bodies can no longer process it quickly enough. Alcohol poisoning and overdoses are potentially lethal; the human body simply cannot tolerate or process excessive amounts of alcohol.
K. What are the signs or symptoms of alcohol poisoning or overdose?
The signs of alcohol poisoning and overdose include (not all of these need to be present in any affected individual):
• Confusion or stupor
• Slow, irregular or abnormal breathing
• Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
• Loss of consciousness: Inability to rouse a person with shouts or shaking (unconscious) or inability of a person to remain awake for more than a few minutes or to carry on a coherent conversation when awake (semi-conscious) A person who has lost consciousness and cannot be roused is in danger of dying. Help is needed immediately.
L. How do I aid a friend who might be experiencing alcohol poisoning or overdose?
First, call 314- 977-3000. If you are in a residence hall, also call or send someone else to notify your RA or the RA on duty, but don't leave the person alone.
Second, stay with the person needing assistance until emergency help arrives. During this time, here are some additional pieces of advice:
• DO: Turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking if the person vomits.
• DO: Be prepared to tell emergency personnel as much information as possible, such as the amount and type of alcohol or substances consumed and how much time has elapsed since the endangered student's condition (if known).
• DO NOT: Leave the person alone.
• DO NOT: Leave the person on his/her back.
• DO NOT: Try to make the person vomit.
• DO NOT: Try to get the person to eat or drink anything, even water. (In cases of alcohol poisoning, the stomach is already severely irritated and cannot handle anything else.)
• DO NOT: Put the person in a cold shower. (This will not lower a person's blood alcohol content and could cause shock.)
Third, after the help arrives, be prepared to meet with University officials to discuss the events that led to this situation.