Reporting and Investigating Violence on Campus
Revised: October 27, 2017
At the end of this training, you should know:
- How to report crimes and emergencies
- Confidentiality Policy
- How to preserve evidence after a sexual assault
- The rights of victims
- Procedures for disciplinary hearings
- Where to go for additional help (Resources)
- How to file for a protective order
- Applicable LSUHSC-NO Policies
Reporting Crime or Emergencies
If you are involved in an emergency situation, are the victim of a
crime, or witness any criminal activity while on campus, you are urged
to notify the
LSUHSC-NO Police Department as soon as possible by dialing (504)
Off-campus crimes may be reported to the New Orleans Police
Department by dialing 911.
Dispatchers are available at these
respective telephone numbers 24 hours a day to answer your call. In
response to a call, University Police will take the required action,
dispatching an officer or asking the victim to report to the University
Police office to file an incident report.
uTip is a text messaging service designed to be used for true
emergencies and to report crimes, suspicious activities or people.
Text 50911 and begin your
message with LSUHSC followed by
a space as
University Police will NOT be notified if your text does not begin
with LSUHSC followed by a space.
You will receive a text to notify you
that the text has been received by uTip. More information about uTip
can be found here.
LSU Shield App
- iOS and Android compatible
- Available to all students, staff, faculty and visitors
- Summon emergency services by telephone with a single button
- Submit non-emergency reports including a picture and a video
- Two-way chat with LSUHSC Police
- Can submit anonymously
- Instantly notify pre-identified contacts of your safety and
- Safety Beacon feature allows your pre-identified contacts to
monitor your safety plus much more
Users must complete and save a profile which stores on the device.
Profile information is not communicated to LSUHSC Police until the user
initiates a request for service. The profile will allow for up to three
Emergency Contacts to be selected from the device address book. You
must allow location services when downloading the App. Location
accuracy and proper call routing are greatly improved when the user is
connected to Wi-Fi. More information on the LSU Shield App can be found
Non Emergency Reporting
To contact University Police with non-emergency information, please
call 568-8270, or send an online
The University Police Department (UPD) encourages anyone who is the
victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the
police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the
UPD cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports
can be made to the Campus Assistance Program at (504) 568-8888 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
include any employee who:
- Has the authority to take action to address harassment or other
types of misconduct
- Has the duty to report harassment or other types of misconduct to
- Is someone a student could reasonably believe has this authority
When a responsible employee receives a report of violence the
- Act immediately upon
receipt of of the report
- Collect the basic facts (the who, what, when, where)
- Report all relevant facts to the LSUHSC-NO Title IX Coordinator,
Moerschbaecher,within 24 hours of receiving the complaint or
- If the event is criminal or you think it may be criminal, contact
the LSUHSC Police Department
Preserving Evidence after a Sexual Assault
In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, the most important
thing is for the victim to get to a safe place. Whether it be the
victim’s home, a friend’s home or with a family member, immediate
safety is what matters most. When a feeling of safety has been
achieved, it is vital for the victim to receive medical attention, and
strongly recommended for the victim to receive a forensic examination.
Preserving DNA evidence can be key to identifying the perpetrator in
a sexual assault case, especially those in which the offender is a
stranger. DNA evidence is an integral part of a law enforcement
investigation that can build a strong case to show that a sexual
assault occurred and to show that the defendant is the source of
biological material left on the victim’s body.
Victims should make every effort to save anything that might contain
the perpetrator’s DNA, therefore a victim should not:
- Bathe or shower
- Use the restroom
- Change clothes
- Comb hair
- Clean up the crime scene
- Move anything the offender may have touched
Even if the victim has not yet decided to report the crime,
receiving a forensic medical exam and keeping the evidence safe from
damage will improve the chances that the police can access and test the
stored evidence at a later date.
What Does a Forensic Medical Exam Entail?
Although you can go to the healthcare facility of your choice for
medical treatment, in the New Orleans area, a forensic medical exam for
evidence collection can only be performed at a the University Medical
Center New Orleans (UMCNO), by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE),
forensic examiner (SAFE) or another medical professional.
This exam is complex and on average, takes 3-4 hours. While this may
seem lengthy, medical and forensic exams are comprehensive because the
victim deserves and needs special attention to ensure that they are
medically safe and protected. In addition, it is important to collect
evidence so that if the victim chooses to report the crime to the
police, they can access the stored evidence.
- To start, the medical professional will write down the victim’s
detailed history. This sets a clear picture of existing health status,
including medications being taken and preexisting conditions unrelated
to the assault.
- Next there is a head-to-toe, detailed examination and assessment
of the entire body (including an internal examination). This may
include collection of blood, urine, hair and other body secretion
samples, photo documentation of injuries (such as bruises, cuts and
scraped skin), collection of clothing (especially undergarments).
- Finally, the medical professional will speak about treatment for
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that may have been exposed
during the assault. Depending on the hospital and state, the victim may
receive prophylaxis as well as referrals for follow-up counseling,
community resources and medical care.
NOTE: The victim has the right to accept or decline any or all parts
of the exam. However, it is important to remember that critical
evidence may be missed if not collected or analyzed.
After the forensic medical exam is performed and the evidence is
collected and stored in the kit (sometimes referred to as a “rape
the victim will be able to take a shower, brush their teeth, etc. — all
while knowing that the evidence has been preserved to aid in a criminal
prosecution if so desired.
Victims of sexual assault have the right to the following:
- Reasonable changes to the academic and living situations
- Referrals to counseling, assistance in notifying law enforcement
- Same opportunity as accused to have advisors present at
- Unconditional notification of outcomes of hearing, sanctions and
terms of sanctions in place
- Opportunities and assistance to speak (or choose not to speak) to
anyone regarding the outcome
- Name and identifying information kept confidential
- More specific information can be found here.
- Such hearings shall:
- provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and
- be conducted by officials who receive annual training on the
issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault,
and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process
that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability;
- The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same
opportunities to have advisors present during an institutional
disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to
any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice; and
- Both the accuser and the accused shall be simultaneously
informed, in writing, of—
- The outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that
arises from an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual
assault, or stalking;
- The institution’s procedures for the accused and the victim to
appeal the results of the institutional disciplinary proceeding;
- Of any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that
such results become final; and when such results become final.
Where to go for Additional Help
Additional resources can be found on the Campus Health web page.
Accommodations can be made for victims of violence and for students
and employees who report.
- Accommodations must be requested and reasonably available.
- Employees can request accommodations through their supervisor or
Human Resources Management.
- Students can request accommodations through the Student Affairs
office of their school.
- The individual is not required to report to local police.
- Accommodations can include but are not limited to:
- Academic arrangements –
- Changing class sections
- Changing rotations
- Living arrangements –
- Changing residence rooms or halls
- Being released from residence agreements
- Working arrangements
- Changing work location
- Transferring to another department
INTRODUCTION TO FILING
- A person seeking protection may ask the court for protection by
filing a petition for a restraining order.
- The person in need of protection is the petitioner, the person
against whom the petition is filed (the abusive person) is the
- There are no filing fees and court costs for this process.
- It is not necessary to have an attorney to file the petition or
to represent the petitioner at court. Petitioners may get forms and
assistance from the parish Clerk of Court's office,
or from victim advocates at the local battered women's program or
district attorney's victim assistance program.
DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY AND VENUE
- Eligibility for the two most commonly used statutes differs.
Read each carefully to decide which one to use.
- Domestic Abuse Assistance Act
- La. R.S. 46:2131, et seq.
- Can be filed by or on behalf of a person who has experienced
- The relationship between the abuser and the person asking for
protection must be one of the following:
- family member (spouses, former spouses, parent/child,
- household member (persons of opposite sex presently or
formerly living together as spouses)
- parent, adult household member, or district attorney on
behalf of minor child(ren) or an adult who is incompetent to act in
his/her own behalf
- former or current dating partners
- This statute may provide more opportunities for protection than
the "generic" restraining order (for example, in addition to
prohibiting any contact by the abuser, this order may also include
ordering temporary child custody, financial support, and use of
property to the victim in order to ensure safety).
- Injunction Against Abuse ("Generic" Restraining Order)
- La. Code of Civil Procedure Article 3601, et seq.
- Can be filed by anyone seeking protection
- Relationship between parties is not defined in this
statute, therefore people who are not eligible for protection under the
Domestic Abuse Assistance Act may use this avenue to get court ordered
- The person filing for protection must post a bond.
- There are several possibilities of venue under each of the
statutes mentioned above.
- Under the Domestic Abuse Assistance Act, you can apply to the
court in the parish where the abuse happened, in the parish where the
petitioner and defendant lived together, in the parish where the
defendant is living now, or in the parish where the petitioner is
living now. If those parishes are not the same, you must select one in
which to file the petition. Once the order has been granted, it will be
good throughout the state.
- To file a "generic" restraining order you may apply in the
city or parish where the defendant lives, or in the city or parish
where the abuse you are trying to prevent MAY occur. Once the order has
been granted, it will be good throughout the state.
FILL OUT FORMS
- Fill out the necessary forms.
- There is a section of the petition where you will swear to the
truthfulness of the information you have provided.
- This section requires your signature to be notarized, so you
must sign it in front of a notary public. The Clerk of Court's office
can usually provide the services of a Notary.
- If you want to file a petition under the Domestic Abuse
Assistance Act (La. R.S. 46:2131, et seq.), you will use Petition LPOR
- If you want to file a petition under the Children's Code
(La. Ch. C. Art. 1564, et seq.), you will use Petition LPOR C.
- BUT! If you are filing a petition against your spouse under
this statute, and your spouse has already filed for a legal action
which has not yet been finalized (such as a divorce or a protective
order against you, or other legal actions), you will use Petition LPOR
BR, or Petition LPOR CR instead of LPOR B or LPOR C. This circumstance
is called filing in reconvention.
- NOTE: If you filed the legal action, such as a divorce, you
can use Petition LPOR B or LPOR C - only use Petition LPOR BR or LPOR
CR if the person you are filing against was the one who filed the legal
- If you want to file a petition for a "Generic" Restraining
Order (La. Code of Civil Proc. Article 3601, et seq.) you will use
Petition LPOR O.
- The petition and accompanying forms are filed in the
Clerk of Court's office. The Clerk will present the forms to the judge
for review. If the judge agrees that immediate court protection is
necessary, s/he will grant a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) with a
date to come back to court for a hearing. The TRO will contain some or
all of the requests made in the petition, and will be in effect until
the date of the court hearing, up to 20 days if filed under the
Domestic Abuse Assistance Act (LPOR B, BR, C, or CR) or 10 days if
filed under La. Code of Civil Proc. 3601, et seq. (LPOR O).
- The clerk should provide the petitioner with a copy of
the petition, a certified copy of the TRO, and the date and time of the
court hearing. The clerk will also give a copy of the petition and TRO
to the sheriff's office to serve to the defendant. The defendant will
be notified to be present at court on the date of the hearing.
- NOTE: The petitioner should keep a copy of the TRO at
all times. The petitioner may also want to make copies of the TRO to be
kept in the car, at work, with a friend or other safe place, at
children's daycare or school, or other places it may be needed.
- The petitioner should call law enforcement if the
defendant violates the terms of the order.
How and Where to File a Protective Order?
The Louisiana Protective Order Registry website to
begin the filing process.
University Policies & Publications
From the LSUHSC-NO
website, click on the police
icon located at the bottom of the
homepage under "Events and Campus
Resources" to find more information, phone numbers, and other important
information regarding University Police.
Or, LSUHSC-NO's Title IX Coordinator:
- Joseph Moerschbaecher, PhD
- Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Phone:(504) 568‐4804