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Power-Based Violence

Power-Based Violence

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is committed to maintaining an educational, living, and working environment free from Power-Based Violence, in accordance with federal and state law, including Act 472 of the 2021 Legislative Session of the Louisiana Legislature, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Violence Against Women Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and other applicable laws.

Reporting

There are several methods for reporting Power-Based Violence. Although the University does not require a fixed reporting time or deadline, when an individual experiences conduct in possible violation of this Policy, prompt and timely reporting is encouraged. Reports must be made to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator by phone, email, or mail.

Title IX Coordinator

Teressa LeDay Title IX Coordinator and EEO Investigator
111 Boucher Drive, Buchanan Hall, Suite 116 
PO Box 40196 Lafayette, Louisiana 70504 
337-482-1819 
titleix@louisiana.edu 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Axel Vasquez, Sr. Human Resources Business Partner Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Athletics) 
111 Boucher Drive, Buchanan Hall, Suite 118 
PO Box 40196 
Lafayette, Louisiana 70504 
or Cox Communications Building 
201 Reinhardt Drive Lafayette, Louisiana 70506 
337-482-1093 
axel.vasquez@louisiana.edu  

Margarita Perez, Dean of Students Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Students) 
PO Box 44572, Student Union, Room 169 
Lafayette, Louisiana 70504 
337-482-6276 
mperez@louisiana.edu 

Anonymous Reporting

Individuals may anonymously submit reports of incidents of Power-Based Violence via the University’s third-party services (i.e., EthicsPoint, RealRecruit-Athletics, and the Office of Human Resources web-site).  

Confidential Advisors

Confidential Advisors are individuals designated, to the extent authorized under law, to provide confidential services to students. Individuals wishing to obtain confidential assistance without making a report to the University may do so by speaking with a confidential advisor.

Saucier Wellness Center
OK Allen Hall, 220 Hebrard Blvd, Lafayette, La 70504

Student Health Services (337-482-1293)

Chris S. Hayes, MD
Madeline S. Husband-Ardoin, RN
Amy Landry, ANP-C
Carla Vidrine, APRN
Deborah Elaine White, APRN-FNP
Michelle Stelly, RN
Jennifer Middleman, LPN
Tanya Joseph, RN

Counseling & Testing Center, Suite 114 (337-482-6480)

Brian P. Frederick, Ph.D.
Kristy D. Fusilier, Ph.D., LPC-S
Ashley Reed, MA, PLPC

Supportive Measures

The University may take action to provide Supportive Measures to either party. These actions are individualized services that are reasonably available, non-punitive, non-disciplinary, and not unreasonably burdensome to the other party. Supportive Measures are designed to ensure equal educational access, protect safety, or Power-Based Violence.
Sample Supportive Measures include, but are not limited to:
1. Access to counseling services and assistance in setting up initial appointments, both on and off campus
2. Imposition of a campus “No-Contact Agreement”
3. Rescheduling of exams and assignments
4. Providing alternative course completion options
5. Change in class schedule, including the ability to drop a course without penalty or to transfer sections
6. Change in work schedule or job assignment
7. Change in student’s campus housing
8. Assistance from University support staff in completing housing relocation
9. Limiting access to certain University facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter
Voluntary leave of absence
10. Options for changing campus transportation arrangements

University Grievance Process

All University community members are strongly encouraged to report incidents of Power-Based Violence (“PBV”) to the Title IX Coordinator. After normal business hours, individuals are encouraged to report incidents of Power-Based Violence to University Police (“ULPD”) or the University’s Dean on Call. As an alternative, as outlined below, an individual that has experienced PBV can also seek confidential assistance that does not involve notice to the University.
Upon receipt of a report to ULPD or the Dean on Call, ULPD or the Dean on Call will immediately notify the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will conduct an Initial Assessment, considering the nature of the report, the safety of the parties and the campus community, Complainant’s expressed preference for resolution, and the necessity for any Supportive Measures.
Following the Initial Assessment, the Title IX Coordinator, may: (1) take no further action (e.g., at Complainant’s request or where the conduct, on its face, would not rise to the level of a Policy violation); (2) pursue Informal Resolution; or (3) pursue a Formal Complaint which will include an Investigation.
The Grievance Process is guided by the same principles of fairness and respect for all parties. Resources are available for both Complainant and Respondent to provide support and guidance throughout the process.
A Complainant may explore all available options for resolution, including a report under the Policy and a report to law enforcement. The processes are not mutually exclusive; an individual can choose to pursue both a report under the Policy and a criminal investigation at the same time.

University Police Department Criminal Complaint Process

A Criminal Investigation begins when a crime is committed in the presence of a police officer or a person(s) comes forward to report they have been the victim or witness of a crime. The responding officer must determine that a crime likely occurred by gathering evidence. The responding officer will begin collecting needed information for the initial police report.  

A detective may be assigned if the case cannot be investigated by the responding officer or the patrol division. If assigned, the detective will take statements from the victim (written/ recorded), collect and log physical evidence, and speak with witnesses (written/recorded). The detective will determine if the elements will be classified as either a Felony or Misdemeanor. 
At the conclusion of a criminal investigation, the officer may need to make an arrest this can be done by applying for a warrant or issuing a summons. The Prosecuting Attorney has discretion on which the case proceeds through the court system.

Medical Providers and Crisis Response

All individuals are encouraged to seek the support of on and off campus resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred. Trained professionals can provide guidance in making decisions, information about available resources and procedural options, and assistance to either party in the event that a report and/or resolution under the Policy is pursued.

As a first priority, the University encourages all individuals to report potential criminal conduct by calling 911 or by contacting the ULPD.

The University also encourages individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider or crisis response service immediately after an incident of Sexual Assault. This provides the opportunity to address physical well-being or health concerns, preserve any available evidence (see http://counselingandtesting.louisiana.edu/sites/counseling/files/SEXUAL%... for a quick reference on the preservation of evidence), acquire preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and begin a timely investigative and remedial response. Emotional care, counseling, and crisis response are also available on and off-campus.

Hearts of Hope
http://www.theheartsofhope.org/
337-233-RAPE (7273)
Located in Lafayette, LA
Hearts of Hope provides the survivor with advocacy, counseling, and accompaniment to all medical, forensic, and criminal investigations following an incident of sexual assault or abuse and other related incidents.

Faith House
http://www.faithhouseacadiana.com
337-232-8954
800-411-1333 (24 hour crisis hotline)
Faith House provides advocacy, counseling, medical and legal assistance, shelter, safety plans, and accompaniment at hearings for all survivors of interpersonal violence and their children.

Lafayette General Medical Center
www.lafayettegeneral.com
337-289-7991

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
www.lourdesrmc.com
337-470-2000

Women’s & Children’s Hospital
http://womens-childrens.com/
337-521-9100

The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana
http://medicalcenterofacadiana.com/
337-981-2949

Power-Based Violence Reports

The University publishes a Chancellor’s Report regarding the formal complaints of sexual misconduct/power-based violence received by the University as well as training completion statistics of the University’s responsible employees. These reports are published to meet the administrative reporting requirements of ACT 447 of the 2021 Regular Legislative Session of the Louisiana Legislature and the BOR Uniform Policy on Power-Based Violence/Sexual Misconduct.
The Chancellor’s Report documents are published below in PDF Format:

Chancellor’s Data Report 2021-2022 Academic Year, Fall Semester
Form B2 (Formal Complaints)

Chancellor’s Data Report 2021-2022 Academic Year, Fall Semester
Form B2 (Reporting and Training Requirements)

**As advised by the Board of Regents, the Chancellor’s Data Report, Form B2 (Reporting and Training Requirements, Section-Annual Training (a), only reflects the number of Responsible Employees who completed the Power-Based Violence Training provided by the Board of Regents on August 18, 2021. This training was limited to a team of 8, representing each of the state’s institutions. The newly required training on Power –Based Violence/Sexual Misconduct for Responsible Employees has not been developed by the Board of Regents, who has until January 1, 2022 to complete development.  Additionally, the deadline for Responsible Employees to be trained is the beginning of the 2022-2023 Academic Year. **

Spring 2022

Chancellor’s Data Report 2021-2022 Academic Year, Spring Semester
Form B2 (Formal Complaints)


Chancellor’s Data Report 2021-2022 Academic Year, Spring Semester
Form B2 (Reporting and Training Requirements)

2021 Sex Crimes Data Survey

In accordance with existing RS 15:624, criminal justice agencies (including campus police departments) are required to individually collect certain data and report said data to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice by February 15th of each year. With the passage of Act 472 during the 2021 Legislative Session, there was an additional requirement imposed on campus PD to share the information with the System President, the University President, the Title IX Coordinator and post the information to the campus website.


The Sex Crimes Data Survey document is published below in PDF Format:

2021 Sex Crimes Data Survey (click here)

Coordination with Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, local law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies located within Lafayette Parish shall enter into and maintain a written memorandum of understanding (MOU).

The MOU will delineate responsibilities and share information in accordance with applicable federal and state confidentiality laws, including but not limited to trends involving University of Louisiana at Lafayette students as required by the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, La. R.S. § 17:3399.11, as amended by Act 439 and 472 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

The MOU shall be reviewed annually by the University’s President, Title IX Coordinator, and the executive officer of each Law Enforcement Agency and amended as needed.
To view the latest MOU, click here.