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.
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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:
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.
*Denotes a confidential reporting contact.
Please Note: The contact listed below in this section are not confidential reporting contacts.
They will absolutely honor your privacy but are required by law to report what is shared with them with the Title IX coordinator and/or Title IX equity officer at SLU.
They will not share your information with other students or others who do not have a legitimate need to know. If you need a confidential reporting contact, please call University Counseling at 314-977-8255. Its licensed counselors are the campuses-designated confidential reporting contacts.
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.
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.
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:
Some examples of educational programming from past years (and the upcoming year) include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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