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In May 2020, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued revised regulations governing how colleges and universities respond to incidents of sexual misconduct among students, faculty, and staff. The revised Title IX Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct (Permanent Memorandum 73) went into effect on August 14, 2020 to comply with the regulations. The University remains committed to preventing sexual misconduct, supporting community members who experience harm, and conducting a prompt and equitable complaint process.

LSU Shreveport will continue to:

  • Respond to complaints of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, retaliation, and any other behavior of a sexual nature that is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive.
  • Offer supportive measures (formerly referred to as interim measures) to the complainant and respondent.  Additionally, any party who identifies as harmed, whether the individual decides to file a formal complaint or not, is eligible for supportive measures.
  • Designate all university employees (excluding those exempted by legal privilege of confidentiality or those identified as confidential advisors) as responsible employees.  Responsible employees must report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Utilize the preponderance of the evidence standard for all sexual misconduct cases.

Key areas of change under the revised Permanent Memorandum 73 include:

  • A live hearing, (virtual or in-person) with the right to cross-examination, is required to resolve any formal complaint that has not been resolved through the informal resolution process.
  • The University is required to provide an advisor (at no cost), if a complainant or respondent does not have one at the hearing. The advisor's purpose is to conduct cross-examination of parties and witnesses. The advisor may be, but is not required to be, an attorney.
  • A Title IX Investigator will no longer issue findings, but will instead issue investigative reports (for formal complaints) used by a panel to make a determination of whether or not a policy violation has occurred.
  • Incidents occurring outside of the scope or jurisdiction of PM-73 will be forwarded to the proper office for review and adjudication.

LSU Shreveport is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual misconduct. Anyone needing to report a violation or request supportive measures may contact the Campus Title IX Coordinator in person (Administration Building, Room 208), via telephone (318-797-5116), or via email (titleix@lsus.edu).

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Brochure Cover(Please click on the graphic to view a PDF version of the LSUS Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Brochure.)

 
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