Talk to Someone

Understanding Confidentiality

You may want to talk with a trusted someone about what happened: a friend, advisor, supervisor, instructor, etc. To help ensure a safe and supportive campus environment, LSU has enforced obligatory reporting by Responsible Employees of sexual misconduct on campus, so you should know about how to seek confidential support.

Know that there are some individuals on campus who are permitted to keep the information you share confidential while others (most university employees, including Teaching Assistants and Residential Assistants) are mandated to report incidents of sexual assault to the university.

Privacy means that information related to a report of misconduct will be shared with a limited circle of individuals who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, resolution of the report, and related issues. Information provided to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to facilitate an investigation and/or seek a resolution.

Confidential Resources

There are several individuals on campus who are confidential by reasons of their job and the law. With few exceptions, the following confidential resources are not mandated to report or disclose information to the university/Title IX office:

  • The Lighthouse Program
    The Lighthouse Program provides free and confidential interpersonal violence prevention, support, and advocacy to the LSU campus community. The program assists student-survivors of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, and harassment. 
  • LSU Student Health Center
    • LSU Mental Health and Counseling Services
      Counseling services are strictly confidential; clinic staff do not report sexual violence incidents to administration.
    • Medical Clinic
      If you have experienced sexual violence, you are encouraged to see a medical professional to have a forensic exam. Important to note: If you are 18 or older, you do not have to report, receive the medical exams, or press charges. For evidence collection purposes, you typically have up to 120 hours after an assault to receive a forensic medical exam. During that time, If you receive the exam and are unsure whether you want to proceed with reporting to police, the evidence collection kit will be stored for up to one year.
  • Psychological Services Center
    The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is an on-campus unit of the LSU Department of Psychology that offers testing and outpatient psychotherapy services for adults, adolescents, and children.
  • Ombudsperson The LSU Ombuds Office is a confidential, impartial, independent and informal process for faculty, staff, administration, and students to seek assistance and guidance to resolve barriers to productivity and to increase the quality of their experience at LSU. 

Confidential Support

LSU is committed to providing victims and survivors of power-based trauma with confidential support and resources outside of health and religious related settings. These Confidential Supporters are not required to disclose to anyone else the information you share with them:

Sarah Becker, PhD
Director, Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership
Associate Professor, Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Interim Chair, African American Studies
Faculty Advisor, Tigers Against Sexual Assault (TASA)
Faculty Advisor, Tigers Against Trafficking (TAT)
141 Stubbs Hall/140 Johnston Hall   
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Louise A. Bodack, PhD
Director of Student Affairs
107 Gym Armory
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jane Cassidy, PhD
Senior Vice Provost
156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Office of Academic Affairs
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Daniela Chu-Rodriguez
Assistant Director
5 Union Square
Women’s Center
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sharalle Arnold
Director, African American Cultural Center
86 Veteran's Drive
Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kandra Colomb, MBA
HR Analyst, Office of Financial Services and Human Resources
College of Human Sciences & Education 
1131 Huey P. Long Field House
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Asia Daiges, LCSW-BACS
Field Education Coordinator 4
3110 Huey P. Long Fieldhouse
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Killian Dumont
Coordinator of International Student Engagement
International Cultural Center, 3365 Dalrymple Drive
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

John Fletcher
Billy J. Harbin Associate Professor of Theatre
325 MDA Building
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Kathryn Fontenot
Associate Professor and Extension Vegetable Specialist
163 Julian C. Miller Hall
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ginger Guttner, APR
Communications Manager
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine  
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Catherine Jacquet, PhD
Associate Professor, History and WGSS
Affiliate faculty, AAAS
224 Himes Hall
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Shannon D. Lane, MBA, PMP
Assistant Director of Project Management Office
Louisiana Emerging Technology Center (LETC)
340 E. Parker Blvd. Office 101 C 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Robert Lancaster
Assistant Dean of Experiential Education
W151 Law Building
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Ashlely Mack
Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Cultural Studies
132 Coates Hall 
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Bryan McCann, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Affiliate faculty, AAAS and WGSS
Member, LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Caucus
126 Coates Hall
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Megan Ourso, M. Ed
Academic Counselor
William Brookshire Student Services Suite, 2228 Patrick F. Taylor Hall 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Julie Perkins, MPA, SHRM-CP
Director, Research Engagement
Office of Research & Economic Development
126 David Boyd Hall 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chandra Pidgeon
Associate Director of Business Administration
University Recreation
204G Student Recreation Complex
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Valery Sonnier
Associate Director
Office of Accounting Services - Accounts Payable & Travel
217 Thomas Boyd Hall
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dawn Sousa-Hearn
Associate Director, Disability Services
132 Johnston Hall
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Summer Steib
Director, LSU Women’s Center
5 Union Square/110 Veterans Drive
Pronouns She/Her/Hers

Gretchen Stein, PhD
Assistant Dean of Research Development & Operations
College of Science
124 Hatcher Hall 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jacquelyn "Jackie" Sylvester
Administrative Coordinator
105 Military Science Building 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Clovier I. Torry
Assistant Dean, Graduate School
114 David Boyd Hall
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

We are in the process of identifying and training additional faculty and staff to serve in these roles and will update this list accordingly.

Non-confidential On-campus Resources

Your conversation will be kept as private as possible, but some information must be shared with key staff members so the university can offer resources and accommodations and take action, if necessary, for reasons of safety.

  • Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
    The Title IX coordinator's goals are to empower victims and survivors of violent or sexual related crimes to make informed decisions in their healing process. Here you will find support, information on the reporting process, information on safety or protective measures, and direction and information for resources on and around campus to aid in your recovery. 
  • Student Advocacy & Accountability
  • LSU Police

Designated Advisors

You have the right to have an advisor of your choice with you at all meetings and proceedings. This Advisor may be, but is not required to be, an attorney. Once you share the name of your advisor with the Title IX Coordinator your Advisor will be copied on all information sent to you.

If you prefer, the Office of Title IX can assign to you at no cost to you an Advisor who has been trained in the Title IX process at LSU. The people in this Resolution Process Pool are faculty, staff, or administrators who are recruited and selected because of their ability to remain neutral and open-minded. They are available to serve as an Advisor for the survivor or for the alleged perpetrator. If you would like to be assigned an Advisor, please contact Asha Murphy in the Office of Title IX. She can be reached at or 225-578-3328.

Off-campus Resources

In addition to on-campus resources, there are several local and national options that provide support and guidance to individuals who have experience sexual harassment and/or any form of sexual misconduct.



  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
  • NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)