SLU is Here For You
Saint Louis University is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students. Here you will find SLU's sexual misconduct policy, resources for students and information on sexual assault education and prevention efforts on campus.
Please Note: If this is a medical emergency please call 911 immediately. If you are in immediate danger please call 911.
The links and information on this page are for students (or any site visitor) who wishes to have access to immediate crisis counseling, but is not intended to substitute any type of immediate emergency service such as what a police officer or paramedic might provide.
Local Resources for Immediate Services
- Safe Connections
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 314-531-2003
Safe Connections is located at 2165 Hampton Avenue in the city of St. Louis, and provides a variety of services (individual counseling, group counseling, educational opportunities) to survivors of any type of sexual abuse.
- The YWCA of Metro St. Louis
24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline: 314-531-7273
The YWCA of Metro St. Louis has volunteer advocates who can speak to victims, meet a victim at a local hospital, and/or assist a victim with making a police report.
National Hotlines and Live Chats for Immediate Services
Please note that some live chat options listed below are not available around the clock. Live chat availability is noted by each option when they are known.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
Access 24/7 Live Chat
- Love is Respect
Text “campus” to 22522 for live chat. The hotline and live chat hours are not specified.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
Access Live Chat
Live chat is available from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Central Time) every day.
Sexual misconduct is what's known as an "umbrella term," which means that it encompasses a wide range of behaviors and actions. We use the term sexual misconduct not to minimize what has happened to someone but to make sure that we are inclusive of all the behaviors that someone can experience, which may include any of these things:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault
- Sexual exploitation
- Stalking (when gender based)
- Sexual violence
- Dating, domestic or relationship violence
- Any sexual contact and/or act that is performed by force (implied or direct)
- Any sexual contact and/or act that is performed without effective consent
Making a report of sexual misconduct is an important step. This section will give you information on how to report and to whom when you are ready.
Please Note: If you are in need of immediate medical attention or wish to have a forensic examination (rape kit) performed, dial 911 or proceed to the emergency room of a hospital of your choosing. If the assault has taken place within the past 120 hours, a forensic examination may be performed to preserve evidence in the event you wish to report to law enforcement.
Even if you do not yet know if you want to make a report to law enforcement, you can have a forensic examination performed at no cost to you; you can decide at a later time if you wish to make a report to law enforcement.
If the assault has just occurred and you wish to preserve evidence for a possible law enforcement investigation, do not wash any bedding or take a shower until you have completed the examination. When you go to the hospital following a sexual assault and have a forensic examination, the nurse will typically need to take the clothing you were wearing during the assault. Therefore, it is important to not wash those clothes if you have not already done so.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
- Making a report to a police officer is a separate process than making a report to Saint Louis University. You have the right to make a report to law enforcement and University officials can assist you in contacting the police if you wish.
- To report an assault to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, simply call 911. If you have questions for detectives in the Sex Crimes Unit, you may call 314-444-5385. Information online can be found at www.slmpd.org.
- You have the right to make a report to both law enforcement and Saint Louis University; choosing one does not eliminate the other entity as a reporting option.
- Orders of protection can be applied for through the court system, and the St. Louis Sexual Assault Response Team can dispatch an advocate to assist you in making that application to the court. The Sexual Assault Response Team is managed by the YWCA of Metro St. Louis. Reach their 24-hour hotline at 314-531-7273.
Reporting to Saint Louis University
- You may make a report to Saint Louis University regarding sexual misconduct. Depending on if the person who hurt you is a student or non-student, the University will take a different set of steps to help end the harassment and provide resources to you. You have the right to make a report to both the school and law enforcement.
- To deal with an emergency situation on campus, dial 911 and/or contact the Department of Public Safety at 314-977-3000.
- Saint Louis University has a variety of staff and departments trained in addressing
matters of sexual misconduct. You may wish to consult with one of these reporting
contacts at any point, however, please know that ultimately you will be referred to
SLU's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) to make a report of sexual
misconduct. The staff in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity can initiate
an investigation of the report you make.
- To set up a time to meet with staff from the OIED, please call 314-977-9868 or email Kim Sahr (Equity Officer for Title IX issues) at email@example.com.
- Please note that the phone number for the OIED is only monitored during regular University
business hours. If you need immediate crisis services, please consider contacting
one of the following 24-hour talk lines:
- University Counseling: 314-977-8255 (TALK)*
- YWCA of St. Louis: 314-531-7273 (RAPE)*
- Safe Connections of St. Louis: 314-531-2003*
*Denotes a confidential reporting contact.
Other University Reporting Contacts
Please Note: The contacts listed below in this section are not confidential reporting contacts.
They will absolutely honor your privacy but are required by law to report what is shared with them with the Title IX coordinator and/or Title IX equity officer at SLU.
They will not share your information with other students or others who do not have a legitimate need to know. If you need a confidential reporting contact, please call University Counseling at 314-977-8255. Its licensed counselors are the campuses-designated confidential reporting contacts.
- Housing and Residence Life
Housing and residence life staff can assist you in making emergency accommodations and/or getting in touch with police or other campus reporting contacts. Resident advisers and residence hall coordinators are trained in responding to reports of sexual misconduct and work with students to make sure they are safe and understand the next steps in a reporting process. Housing staff do not conduct investigations and are required to report sexual misconduct matters to the Title IX coordinator.
- Department of Public Safety
DPS staff are trained in responding to reports of sexual misconduct and can assist students in reporting to law enforcement, obtaining orders of protection from the local court system, and are required to report sexual misconduct matters to the Title IX coordinator. DPS can also assist provide security escorts and will respond to emergency situations.
- Campus Ministry
Campus ministers can serve as emotional and spiritual support for anyone involved in a sexual misconduct situation. Campus ministers are trained in how to respond to students who are involved in sexual misconduct situations. Campus ministers are not confidential reporting contacts and are required to report sexual misconduct situations to the Title IX coordinator. While they cannot keep confidentiality, campus ministers will always keep student information private and will safeguard student information to the fullest extent possible.
- Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office assists the Title IX Office in providing and coordinating various accommodations for those who have been impacted by sexual misconduct. Staff in this office are trained on handling matters of sexual misconduct and will report these situations to the Title IX coordinator. Dean of Students Office staff can assist students in making academic accommodations and getting in touch with other campus or local resources. Dean of Students Office staff, while not able to keep total confidentiality, will safeguard student information and treat what they are told as private and sensitive.
Anyone who wants to remain completely anonymous when informing the University of sexual misconduct may call SLU's Compliance Hotline at 1-800-525-5669 (KNOW). You do not have to leave your name, and this line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Get more information on the compliance hotline.
Campus resources are designated for any person who has been impacted in any way by sexual misconduct or sexual misconduct allegations.
Students who are supporting friends who have been impacted by sexual misconduct may also access campus resources for counseling, campus minister support, etc.
Students may access any of the measures or services listed below whether or not they are choosing to make a formal report or participate in an investigation.
- No Contact Orders: Students harmed by another student may wish to seek a No Contact Order to prohibit any further contact. No Contact Orders are facilitated by the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards. Students may ask for a No Contact Order even if they do not wish to participate in a full investigation.
- Change of Living Environment: At times, it may be necessary for one (or both) parties involved in a sexual misconduct investigation to have a change of residence hall or residence hall room (if they live on campus).
- Academic Accommodations: Students can work with the Office of Equity and Diversity as well as the Dean of Students Office to make arrangements with academic advisers and instructors to help students be successful in class.
- Campus Safety Escorts: DPS Officers can escort any student to any campus location. A safety escort can be obtained by contacting DPS at 314-977-3000.
- SLU Ride: Students can use SLU Ride for transportation to any campus location by calling 314-977-7433 (RIDE).
- DPS offers regular classes on self-defense that are open to SLU students.
Learning about sexual misconduct is a good way to start your journey to becoming an engaged bystander. All members of the campus community share in the responsibility of making our campus safe and welcoming.
What is Bystander Intervention?
Bystander intervention is a straightforward concept that simply means that in any given situation, there are people who may observe what is happening and be in a position to prevent an incident. Actions can be small, like asking a friend to stop making sexist jokes. Actions can be on a larger scale, like organizing an educational program for campus that helps facilitate understanding about sexual assault. It might also mean intervening or getting help if you see a troubling situation among friends or even strangers.
Students can play an integral role in engaging the campus community in a dialogue about preventing sexual assault. There are many ways to get involved on campus:
- Become a Peer Educator: Peer educators work on campus to promote understanding and awareness of sexual misconduct issues. Peer educators receive specialized training, plan campus wide awareness events, and collaborate with staff, faculty and student organizations to implement educational events.
- Help Plan Campus Events: You do not have to be a peer educator to help plan awareness raising events on campus. University Counseling, Dean of Students Office, Athletics and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity staff all work together to plan campus wide awareness campaigns and programs regularly throughout the school year. Contact any one of those offices to learn more about getting involved with educational programs or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Some examples of educational programming from past years (and the upcoming year) include:
- Hosting nationally recognized speakers on the topics of sexual violence awareness and prevention (usually one to three per semester).
- Implementing campus-wide poster campaigns around the topics of sexual violence, effective consent, and bystander intervention.
- Hosting documentary and movie nights that educate and illuminate issues of sexual violence.
- Working with student organizations on educational programs like 'Take Back the Night' or 'In Her Shoes.
As part of Saint Louis University's commitment to educating our community about the importance of creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive and respectful educational environment, several scenarios have been created to help clarify what a violation of the sexual misconduct policy might look like in the real world.
Any report of alleged sexual misconduct will be pursued by Saint Louis University to the extent possible.
Trigger Warning: These scenarios describe situations that some readers may find disturbing based on past personal experiences.
- A couple engaging in sexual activity where one partner does not actively try to prevent intercourse, but does not give verbal consent.
- A couple has engaged in mutually agreed upon sexual activities in the past, but rekindles the romance without a discussing their current comfort levels with physical intimacy.
- Both partners give consent to sexual activities, but one partner allows a friend or a roommate to watch without the other partner knowing.
- A former romantic partner creates a fake Facebook profile for their ex, designed to make them look bad.
- Two intimate partners are both intoxicated, but one has had significantly more to drink.
- A couple in an established relationship engages in intercourse when one partner expresses reluctance.
- A student becomes aware of harassment against a classmate, but isn't sure whether to report it since he or she is not personally involved.
Click to download and print PDF versions of one and two-page educational handouts.
Find the answers to commonly asked questions and answers about reporting, identifying and dealing with sexual misconduct at Saint Louis University below. Also in this section, you will find the statement of rights of those who report being the recipients of unwanted sexual contact and a statement of rights for those who are accused of violating the sexual misconduct policy.
Will my parents find out if I make a report of sexual misconduct?
No, not unless you tell them. The University will not call your parents and tell them that you made a report of sexual misconduct and will not discuss the details of your report with your parents unless you specifically give us permission to do so with a release of information.
Will I or my friends get into trouble if there was underage drinking or illegal drug use going on around the time of the reported assault?
Student safety and well-being is of the utmost concern when dealing with a report of sexual misconduct. Students who are participating in an investigation will not garner additional community standards violations related to alcohol or drug use.
Can I make an anonymous report?
Yes. Please know that if you make an anonymous report that the University is limited in what it can do to hold a responsible party accountable if the identities of the people involved are unknown but that staff will do everything in their power to provide interim measures to provide for safety as well as hold any responsible parties accountable for their misconduct. If you wish to make an anonymous report, you may do so by submitting information through the University's compliance hotline at 1-800-525-5569 (KNOW).
I want to make a report and have an investigation follow. What's the quickest way to start that process?
Contact Kim Sahr, SLU's Title IX investigator, at 314-977-9868 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She can meet with you as soon as possible to take down your information, explain the process and get the investigation started.
I want to talk with someone who can keep my information confidential. Who can do that on campus?
Contact University Counseling at 314-977-8255 (TALK) or visit them on the second floor of Wuller Hall. University counseling services are free of charge. If you wish to speak to someone confidentially who is not affiliated with a campus, contact Safe Connections at their 24-hour hotline (314-531-2003). Safe Connections can also provide free confidential counseling. Another resource in the St. Louis community for free confidential counseling is the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, which you can reach by calling their 24-hour hotline at 314-531-7273.
Can I make a report to the University and the police, or do I have to choose one or the other?
You can make a report to both entities, one of the entities or none at all. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to report to both Saint Louis University and the police, but we recognize that it is the victim's right to choose who they report to and how they do that. Staff at SLU are available to assist a student who wishes to make a report to law enforcement and can be there with them for support through the process. Students who report to the school have a variety of support services and resources available to them even if they do not wish to engage in a formal investigation.
Can I get a lawyer to assist me as I navigate SLU's sexual misconduct investigation and hearing processes?
Students who want to retain their own legal counsel may do so at their discretion and at their own expense. A reporting party or accused party may retain any adviser of their choosing to be present with them at any meeting or hearing; that adviser may be their own lawyer. It is important to understand though that your lawyer may not speak for you and that the formal rules of a courtroom are not a part of the campus process. Students involved in a sexual misconduct complaint are given a SLU staff member to act as their care and concern adviser throughout the process, however, the student has the right to use any one person of their choosing as their adviser.
Learn how to contact the SLU staff members who work with or provide help to those who have experienced sexual misconduct or who have questions about sexual misconduct.
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
Director, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
Equity Officer (Title IX)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
DuBourg Hall, Room 36
Additional Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Anne Cavedine
Des Peres Hall, Room 102
- Troy Hargrove
Associate Dean School of Professional Studies
- Lisa Israel
Assistant Dean of Students
Busch Student Center, Room 356
- Cathy Koetting
School of Nursing, Second Floor
- Marta C. Maruri Valle Iturriaga
- Arike Mercer
Assistant Athletic Director
Chaifetz Arena, Second Floor
- Shannon Morse
Assistant Dean, School of Law
Scott Hall, Tenth Floor, Room 1008C
- Donna Bess Myers
Assistant Dean of Students
Busch Student Center, Room 356