Violence Prevention-Sexual Misconduct and/or Interpersonal Violence
Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Sex-based discrimination can include sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and sexual harassment, which the Golden Rule Student Handbook categorizes as sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence. All disclosures of these types of incidents are taken seriously.
The University of Central Florida does not tolerate sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence that occurs on or off campus and will take prompt and effective steps to:
- End the behavior
- Eliminate any existing hostile environment
- Prevent incidents from recurring
- Remedy the effects of such incidents
This website describes reporting options, resources, and rights for students who have been impacted by sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence. Our detailed Title IX Policy, Procedure, and Resources can be found in Section 5.006(10) of the Golden Rule Student Handbook. A variety of services on campus, as well as local and national organizations, are available to assist you as you make informed decisions. Resources and support services include access to confidential advocacy and support, safety planning, interim protective measures, other accommodations, and counseling.
Know your rights. Know your options. Know your resources.
I Need Help
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger, require urgent medical attention, or want to report to police.
If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment, please know:
- It is not your fault
- Help is available no matter when the incident occurred
- Asking for help is not a weakness
Contact a confidential support service to discuss your options.
It is common not to know what to do if you have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking or sexual harassment. You have the right to know your options to make an informed decision about how you want to move forward. Options include accessing confidential support, receiving medical attention, and/or filing a report with the police or the University. Filing a report is not a requirement for seeking support services or medical attention.
You can speak confidentially to professional staff at Victim Services (24/7 Advocacy & Support 407-823-1200) and Counseling & Psychological Services (24/7 Crisis Line 407-823-2811) to discuss options and resources. Both services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you were sexually assaulted, you have the right to a non-reporting or reporting forensic exam.
You can receive a forensic exam to collect evidence even if you do not want to report to the police. The decision is up to you whether you report to the police or the University. Forensic exams are performed at an off-campus location to which a victim advocate can transport you. Please call a confidential victim advocate (24/7 Advocacy & Support 407-823-1200) to learn more. To preserve physical evidence if you want to receive a forensic exam:
- Do not bathe, wash your hands or clothes, use the bathroom, brush your teeth, drink, eat, smoke, etc.
- Do not change your clothes, but if you do, put all the clothes you were wearing in a paper bag and bring them with you to your medical exam.
- If you are still in the location where the assault occurred, do not clean, straighten up, wash, or remove anything.
- Consider writing down all the details you can recall about the assault and the person who hurt you.
While you may not know if you want to report today, taking these steps will help preserve important evidence if you do ultimately decide to report to the police or University.
You have the right to receive reasonable and appropriate interim protective measures and accommodations.
The University will address all safety, emotional, and physical well-being concerns for individuals involved in sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence incidents. Interim measures may be imposed regardless of whether formal disciplinary action is sought. Interim protective measures include but are not limited to:
- No contact orders
- Counseling services and assistance setting up an initial appointment
- Alternative course completion options
- Potential housing relocation
- Letters of support
- Escort/transportation to ensure safe movement between classes and activities
Take time to care for yourself.
If you have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment, you may experience a variety of emotions. For your safety and peace of mind, consider speaking with a victim advocate, making an appointment with a counselor, or seeking medical intervention, especially if you are feeling anxious or having difficulty sleeping or eating.
Do things at your own pace.
Individuals respond differently to incidents of sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment. The healing process will take time and can vary for each person who experiences trauma. Surround yourself with people who support you and honor your choices.
How to Support a Survivor
When someone you know experiences sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment, you may not know what to say or do. The following suggestions will not eliminate their pain or make the trauma disappear, but if you react in a supportive way you can help them feel safer and less isolated.
- Listen – Pay attention, don’t interrupt, and show you care.
- Address immediate safety concerns – Find out if the person is safe/has a safe place to go or if anyone else may be in danger.
- Contact an advocate – Call the Victim Services 24/7 hotline (407-823-1200) for more information on how to help. If it is okay with the person, call while he/she is with you. An advocate can talk with the person over the phone, come to your location, or arrange for the person to visit their office.
- Be prepared – Have contact numbers, websites, email addresses, and referral options readily available.
- Be flexible – Respect the person’s wishes, and do not force them to do what you think they should.
- Be realistic – Recovery time and healing may take longer than you think.
- Understand – Different people react to trauma in different ways. Accept that there may be changes in the survivor’s personality or in your relationship. Keep in mind that healing takes time and varies between individuals.
- Obtain resources – Ask for information to keep on hand or request a presentation for your class, department, student group, residence hall, etc.
- Respect confidentiality – Be honest if you are required to report what the person is telling you. Victim advocates, licensed counselors, medical professionals, attorneys, and clergy are confidential resources available on campus.
- Repeat information – People in crisis often do no retain verbal information/instructions. Follow up by email or provide written materials, if it is safe for the person to take them home.
- Self-care – You may experience vicarious trauma. Take care of yourself and address your feelings, while being careful not to overwhelm the survivor with your own emotions. If you seek support for yourself, be sure to maintain the survivor’s anonymity.
To make an official report of sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence at the University of Central Florida, you may contact any of the following offices. The university has established a set of provisions to provide a fair process for complainants and respondents, while ensuring complainant protections under Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act. These provisions can be found in Section 5.006(10) of the Golden Rule Student Handbook.
UCF Police | http://police.ucf.edu | 407-823-5555
Report the incident to the UCF Police Department by calling their phone number. This option is
available even if the respondent is not a student. If the situation is an emergency, please call 911.
Title IX Coordinator, Matt Ricke | letsbeclear.ucf.edu | Matt.Ricke@ucf.edu | 407- 823-1336
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) office investigates sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence and other sex-based discrimination claims against non-student respondents, which are severe enough to interfere with access to educational programs in accordance with federal and state laws, including Title IX. OIE assists when changes are needed within classes or campus housing, or in other situations to protect the complainant from further harm. Community members who wish to report a concern may seek assistance from the Title IX Coordinator.
Student Conduct | osc.sdes.ucf.edu | 407-823-4638
If the respondent is a student, you are strongly encouraged to file an incident report with the Office of Student Conduct via the online incident reporting form available on the office’s website. Should you have any questions about the process prior to reporting the incident, Office of Student Conduct staff can explain the entire process, provide options, and share in more detail the rights afforded to complainants and respondents throughout the process.
The Rules of Conduct: Sexual Misconduct and/or Interpersonal Violence can be found in Section 5.006(10) of the Golden Rule Student Handbook. The Student Conduct Review Process and Sanctions can be found in Section 5.009 and the Student Conduct Appeals process can be found in Section 5.010 of the Golden Rule Student Handbook.
University Resources and Support Services
Confidential University Resources and Support Services
Victim Services | victimservices.ucf.edu | 407-823-1200
Confidential victim advocates offer support, crisis intervention, options, information, referrals, and practical assistance to anyone who has been impacted by crime, violence, or abuse. They are well versed in both the conduct and criminal processes and will be able to answer questions and/or accompany you through the process. They will accompany you to forensic exams. Advocates are on-call and available 24/7, including after hours, weekends, and holidays. Advocates help complainants explore their rights and options, so they can make informed decisions about what is best for them. They also provide referrals to both on and off campus resources.
Counseling and Psychological Services | caps.sdes.ucf.edu | 407-823-2811
CAPS provides confidential, free, comprehensive psychological services to university-enrolled students. If you are visiting CAPS for the first time, you will be scheduled to meet with a counselor for an initial assessment. You may call or walk-in to make an appointment. Scheduling of these appointments starts at 8:30am each day Monday-Friday. If you are in crisis, please inform the receptionist and they will make every attempt to respond to you as soon as possible. You may also walk-in for a same day appointment.
Student Health Services | shs.sdes.ucf.edu | 407-823-2701
Student Health Services provides a number of confidential health-related services for students. This includes a women’s clinic devoted to providing a warm and sensitive environment for gynecological care. As such, the clinic is staffed by all female providers. There is no charge for an office visit or examination, but certain procedures and laboratory tests (i.e. pap smear) do require relatively small fees. Health Services offers a variety of different programs and referrals that can help assist with payment, or a waiver of payment, for STD tests. If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you should be eligible for a fee waiver for related medical services.
Student Legal Services | sls.sdes.ucf.edu | 407-823-2538
Student Legal Services provides enrolled students at UCF with legal counseling and court representation in various areas of the law. The staff attorneys interview each client individually in order to guide them about the areas of law that concern the student. Cases not covered by the program guidelines are referred to appropriate agencies or private attorneys through a lawyer referral service.
Non-Confidential University Resources and Support Services
Let’s Be Clear | letsbeclear.ucf.edu/ | 407-823-1200
Let’s Be Clear is UCF’s source for information about identifying, preventing, and responding to sexual misconduct including sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities | osrr.sdes.ucf.edu/titleix | 407-823-4683
The Office or Student Rights and Responsibilities supports individuals impacted by Title IX. Community members who wish to seek support or assistance may contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Violence Prevention & Remedial Measures Specialist, or Title IX Outreach Coordinator. These staff members will explain options and resources and attend to immediate needs for safety and interim measures (e.g., no contact orders, housing and academic accommodations, counseling).
Student Care Services | scs.sdes.ucf.edu | 407-823-5607
Student Care Services offers guidance, resources, and referrals to UCF students who are experiencing a distressing situation that significantly impacts academic or personal success. The SCS team coordinates referrals to campus and community resources, develops action plans for student success, oversees the Student of Concern process, and provides education and outreach to university and community members. Our goal is to intervene before a student reaches crisis level and ensure the safety of both the student and the UCF community.
UCF Cares | cares.sdes.ucf.edu | 407-823-5607
This is an umbrella of care-related programs and resources dedicated to fostering a caring community of Knights and aimed at assisting students in need. The goals of UCF CARES are to offer care related resources and programs focused on health and safety, finding an appropriate network of support, connecting with advocacy and providing education and training. UCF Cares focuses on provided resources and support for four main focus areas: safety and wellbeing, sexual violence, mental health, and respect.
Community Resources and Support Services
Victim Service Center of Central Florida | https://www.victimservicecenter.org/ | 407-497-6701
Victim Service Center operates the only Certified Rape Crisis Center for both Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida. They provide around the clock support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including a confidential sexual assault hotline, forensic collection, case management, and crisis counseling.
Harbor House of Central Florida | https://www.harborhousefl.com/ | 407-866-2244
Harbor House features a 24/7 hotline for relationship abuse and offers a shelter for domestic abuse for Orange County for anyone fleeing domestic violence.
SafeHouse of Seminole | http://www.safehouseofseminole.org/ | 407-330-3933
SafeHouse of Seminole features a 24/7 hotline for relationship abuse and offers a shelter for domestic abuse for Seminole County for anyone fleeing domestic violence.
Help Now of Osceola | http://www.helpnowshelter.org/ | 407-847-8562
Harbor House features a 24/7 hotline for relationship abuse and offers a shelter for domestic abuse for Osceola County for anyone fleeing domestic violence.
National Resources and Support Services
RAINN | http://www.rainn.org/ | 800-656-4673M
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network operate a 24/7 hotline for anyone who has been impacted by sexual assault and is connected with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.
National Domestic Violence Hotline | http://www.thehotline.org/ | 800-799-7233M
The National Domestic Violence Hotline operate a 24/7 hotline for anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
Stalking Resource Center | http://www.victimsofcrime.org/ | 855-484-2846M
The Stalking Resource Center operates a 24/7 hotline for anyone experiencing stalking.
Stop Street Harassment | http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/ | 855-897-5910M
Stop Street Harassment operates the National Street Harassment Hotline for anyone who has experienced street harassment.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center | http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/ | 888-373-7888M
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center operates a 24/7 hotline for anyone who might be or knows someone involved in human trafficking. Support for more than 200 languages.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ | 800-273-8255M
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates a 24/7 lifeline that provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.
Violence Prevention Certificate Series
OSRR Violence Prevention Team proposes a certification opportunity for all UCF enrolled students. Students who successfully complete all requirements will receive a certificate that identifies them as a trauma-informed leader on campus. This certificate requires students to complete the following for eligibility to receive the certificate:
- Attend eight workshops (8.5 total hours);
- Attend 6-hour bystander intervention training facilitated by UCF Green Dot; and
- Must be on good disciplinary standing
Please email the Green Dot Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for the Green Dot training. Additionally, you can view our upcoming workshops at https://events.ucf.edu/calendar/4488/violence-prevention-certificate-series/. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions or for additional information.