Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is not tolerated at the University of Florida.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of The University of Florida to provide an educational and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sex discrimination and sexual harassment.  In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment. Sex discrimination and sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and individuals who engage in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.  The University encourages students, faculty, staff, and visitors to promptly report sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

Scope

This policy applies to visitors, applicants for admission to or employment with the University, students, and employees of the University who allege sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, by University employees, students, visitors, or contractors.

Definition 

Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination that can occur when:

  • The submission to unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature, to unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or to other verbal conduct of a sexual nature is made an implicit or explicit term or condition of employment or education; or
  • The submission to or rejection of unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other verbal conduct of a sexual nature is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions or evaluations; or
  • Unwelcome physical acts of a sexual nature, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other verbal conduct of a sexual nature have the effect of creating an objectively hostile environment that interferes with employment or education on account of sex.

Reporting

Anyone who believes that he or she has been subjected to a violation of this policy or related retaliation is strongly encouraged to promptly report such behavior to the Director of Employee Relations or any university official, administrator, supervisor, manager, or faculty member.

  • Except for student-on student sexual harassment, students are strongly encouraged to report such incidents to the Director of Employee Relations. For student-on-student sexual harassment incidents, reports should be directed to the Dean of Students, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
  • Incidents should be reported as soon as possible after the time of their occurrence to allow the university to take appropriate remedial action. No employee or student should assume University of Florida officials knows about a situation or incident.
  • Any university official (administrator, supervisor or manager) who has knowledge of or receives a written or oral report or complaint of a violation of this policy must promptly report it to the Director of Employee Relations, and may be disciplined for failing to do so.
  • Any faculty member, teaching assistant or staff member with knowledge of sexual harassment of a student must promptly report the incident to the Director of Employee Relations, and may be disciplined for failing to do so.
  • Other persons who suspect a violation of this policy should report it to an appropriate person in their department / unit or to the Title IX Coordinator.

Reporting Options

In non-emergency situations, please report sexual harassment, sexual assault or any sexual misconduct to one of the following contacts:

In addition to the resources listed above, all members of the University of Florida’s Title IX Team are available to assist in the prevention and elimination of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct on the University of Florida campus. Other offices you may wish to contact include:

Title IX Coordinator

Melissa Nunn
903 West University Avenue
(352) 294-1988
mnunn@ufl.edu
Website: www.hr.ufl.edu/prevent

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Administration
Elnora Mitchell
(352) 392-2477
eeo@ufl.edu

University Athletics
Lynda Tealer
(352) 375-4683
LyndaT@gators.ufl.edu

Criminal Investigations
Mitch Welsh
(352) 392-4705
mwelsh@ufl.edu

P. K. Yonge
Dr. Russ Froman
352.392.1554 ext 226
rfroman@pky.ufl.edu

Download a complaint form.

Consensual Relationships

Participation of a supervisor, faculty member, advisor, or coach in a consensual romantic or sexual relationship with a subordinate employee or student always creates a prohibited conflict of interest that must be reported to the appropriate hiring authority for proper disposition. A conflict of interest is created when an individual evaluates or supervises or has decision making power affecting another individual with whom he or she has an amorous or sexual relationship. Moreover, such relationships, even when consensual, may be exploitative and imperil the integrity of the work or education environment.