Who Are We?
The Lighthouse Program provides free and confidential interpersonal violence prevention, support, and advocacy in the campus community. The program assists student-survivors of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, and harassment regardless of how long ago the incident occurred. It also helps to ensure the university maintains an accurate number of incidents that occur.
The Lighthouse Program is located on the ground floor of the Student Health Center. Walk-in and scheduled appointments are available. For additional information, contact the office at 225-578-5718.
The Lighthouse Program engages a collaborative care team to provide survivors and students-at-risk with options for recovery and support, including assistance with:
Get Recovery & Support Assistance
If you or someone you care about needs Lighthouse services, fill out this brief form. All information will remain confidential.
Medical screening and treatment with or without evidence collection can be performed at any time.
The first 120 hours, or five days, after an assault are critical to the preservation and collection of forensic evidence. It is also a critical time for medical treatment for potential pregnancy or transmission of infections. A survivor may seek treatment with their private provider or a provider at the LSU Student Health Center. There is no charge for medical screening and treatment at the LSU Student Health Center.
An evidence collection kit can be collected up to 120 hours after an assault.
The Student Health Center partners with the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office to offer evidence collection by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), a professional is specially trained in collecting evidence and working with survivors of sexual assault. There is no cost in Louisiana for evidence collection if it is performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at a hospital or Student Health Center.
At the survivor's request, a police report will be taken at the time of the exam and law enforcement will follow through with investigating the crime. If a survivor is uncertain about reporting the crime, an evidence collection kit can still be collected and held for up to one year.
Preserve Physical Evidence
Do not bathe or douche. Do not brush teeth or ingest food/beverages. Do not change clothes if possible and do not wash the clothes worn at the time of the assault. Those clothes are considered evidence and may be collected by the SANE. If a survivor does not want to wear those clothes to the hospital/ Student Health Center, they can bring them in a paper bag. Do not use a plastic bag because it may compromise the evidence.
Support During Evidence Collection
No survivor has to go through an evidence collection kit alone. A Lighthouse Advocate or Sexual Trauma Awareness Response (STAR) Advocate can accompany a survivor at the Student Health Center or hospital, respectively, throughout the process, providing support and answering questions about the exam. An Advocate can also help a survivor connect with campus/community resources for additional support.
Evidence Collection After Hours
If you need support services or an evidence collection kit completed after hours, or on the weekend, please contact STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) at 855-435-7827(STAR) or your local police department.
University Judicial Report
LSU considers sex discrimination and sexual misconduct in all of its forms to be serious offenses.
Any student who has been subjected to sexual misconduct has the right to report the conduct to the Campus Title IX Coordinator, Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability, or any other responsible reporting party.
The university judicial process is designed to be educational in nature and can only affect the accused student's status as an LSU student. A student who is found in violation of the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct policy will go through the university’s judicial process, and can potentially be suspended or expelled, among other sanctioned outcomes. Read more about The LSU Code of Student Conduct.
Campus Title IX Coordinator - 225-578-9000
Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability - 225-578-4307.
Survivors and students-at-risk have the option of reporting to law enforcement and processing their case through the civil and/or criminal justice system. Cases can be processed through each system concurrently or separately. The Lighthouse Program can connect you to a legal advocate in the community for assistance with prosecuting a sexual assault or dating violence crime or obtaining a protective order.
For additional support and resources outside of business hours the following resources are available 24/7:
- LSU Police - 225-578-3231
- LSU Residential Life - 225-578-8663
- Baton Rouge City Police - 225-389-3800
- East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office - 225-389-5000
- Iris Domestic Violence Center - 225-389-3001
- The Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) - 225-375-8995
- The National Center for Victims of Crime Hotline - 855-484-2846
- The PHONE - 225-924-5781 (call or text) | 24-Hour Crisis Hotline - 800-541-9706
- RAINN - 800-656-4673 (HOPE)
- Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR) - 855-435-7827 (STAR)