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Title IX

Every Florida College staff member, faculty member, and student has the right to work and study in an environment free from discrimination and harassment and should be treated with dignity and respect. In addition, as a community of Christians, Florida College is committed to upholding respect and the charge to, “…treat other people the same way you want them to treat you.” Matthew 7:12. Florida College makes every effort to comply with legal requirements prohibiting, preventing, and responding to sexual misconduct against any member of the FC community.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Misconduct Policy

We take all forms of sexual misconduct and discrimination seriously, wherever it takes place in our FC community. These elements of our policy explain your rights and options as well as the college’s methods towards behavior that violates Title IX.

Emergency Help

If you or someone you know needs immediate help you should call 911. You have the right to report the incident to local law enforcement (Temple Terrace police or the jurisdiction where the assault occurred). If you are a victim of sexual misconduct, get to a safe place and contact a trusted friend or advisors, such as a roommate or dorm parent.

The time after an incident occurs is crucial to preserve sexual misconduct evidence. If you choose to have evidence collected, visit an emergency room within twenty four hours for an evidence examination. Try not to alter or wash your body before going to the hospital, if you choose to get this examination, as it will tamper with the evidence. If you change, bring your original clothing in a bag. Bring a trusted individual or advisor with you for support.

It is your decision to file a police report. If you choose to collect evidence at the hospital, the police will be notified by hospital staff, but it is your decision to speak to an officer. A sexual assault counselor will be offered to assist you in the hospital, answer questions, and explain your options during this process.

Options to Report an Incident

A person who has experienced a violation of the policy has the right to report that conduct 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and in most cases the right to request that an investigation stop at any point. Florida College will provide supportive measures to all parties from the beginning through the resolution of a reported incident.

Report Type Options

If you are in imminent danger, or a crime has been committed call 911 or the Temple Terrace Police Department at (813) 506-6500.

There are three on-campus reporting options the college provides:

Bystander Intervention

Even if you are not directly involved, there are steps you can take to help others:

Offer Support

Offer support if you suspect that a person is being abused or has been sexually assaulted or stalked.

Speak Out

Speak out against all forms of sexual violence.

Become an Advocate

Be an advocate for preventing sexual violence.

Be a Model for Others

Model the behavior that values respect for others and promotes moral behavior.

Resources

On-Campus Confidential Support

Holly Cabina
cabinah@floridacollege.edu

Or mail to:
119 N. Glen Arven Ave.
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Off-Campus Confidential Support

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, the certified rape crisis center for Hillsbourough County

1 Crisis Center Plaza
Tampa, FL 33613

Or call 211 or (813) 264-9961