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Sexual Assault Confidential Advisers

Sexual Assault Confidential Advisers

Confidential Advisors
Employee, students and non-students may choose to access the assistance of a Confidential Advisor.

The following persons have been designated as official Confidential Advisors at McNeese:
Dr. Twila Sterling Guillory - College of Nursing and Health
(337) 475-5542

Dr. Dena Matzenbacher - McNeese Professor and Department Head of Psychology
(337) 475-5434

The Confidential Advisor may as approrpriate, serve as a liaison between an alleged victim and the institution or local law enforcement when directed to do so in writing by an alleged victim who has been fully and accurately informed about what procedures shall occur if information is shared, and assist an alleged victim in contacting and reporting to a responsible employee or local law enforcement.

The Confidential Advisor is authorized to liaise with appropriate staff at the institution to arrange reasonable accommodations through the institution to allow the alleged victim to change living arrangements or class schedules, obtain accessibility services, or arrange other accommodations. (The same accomodations that are offered to the alleged victim may be offered to the accused). Any requests for accommodations shall not trigger an investigation by the institution.

The Confidential Advisor is authorized to accompany the alleged victim when requested to do so by the alleged victim, to interviews and other proceedings of a campus investigation and institutional disciplinary proceedings. The Confidential Advisor is authorized to advise the alleged victim of, and provide written information regarding, both the alleged victim's rights and the institution's responsibilities regarding orders of protection, no-contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by the institution.

The Confidential Advisor is not obligated to report crimes to the institution or law enforcement in a way that identifies an alleged victim or an accussed individual, unless otherwise required to do so by law. A Confidential Advisor is required to report that an incident occurred for statistical reporting requirements of the federal Clery Act to McNeese Police.

Confidential Resources
McNeese Student Counseling Center
112 Kaufman Hall

  • Talking to a counselor or nurse does not constitute report of the incident.
    • However, the counselor or nurse can help you report the incident if you choose to do so.
  • Talking to a counselor or nurse or reporting the incident can be initiated at any time.
    • Faculty and staff outside of these two areas are NOT confidential resources.
  • If a student discusses the incident with faculty or staff, wit the exception of the Counseling Center or Infirmary, the faculty or staff member is obligated to report the incident.
  • In the immediate aftermath of sexual misconduct such as a sexual assault or rape, medical card and the collection of physical evidence are very important.
    • The alleged victim should not shower, bathe, or change clothes and may be taken to the hospital emergency room or the university infirmary.

University Sexual Misconduct Policy