Title IX at the University of Florida

Sexual harassment is not tolerated at the University of Florida.

The University of Florida is committed to maintaining a safe and comfortable workplace and academic environment. Sexual harassment of employees, students or visitors will not be tolerated by the university. Sexual harassment occurs in a variety of situations that tend to share a commonality: the inappropriate introduction of sexual activities or comments in a situation where sex would otherwise be irrelevant. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and a violation of state and federal laws as well as of the policies and regulations of the university.

The university’s policy is to protect all members of the community from sexual harassment. As a result, the responsibility for reporting incidents of sexual harassment also must rest with all members of the university community. Any employee, co-worker, or student who has knowledge of sexual harassment is strongly encouraged to report it promptly to the Title IX Coordinator.  Any employee with supervisory responsibility and faculty who have knowledge of sexual harassment are required to promptly report the matter directly to the Title IX Coordinator, and may be disciplined for failing to do so. It is the university’s goal to process complaints of harassment in a prompt and responsive manner to enable appropriate corrective action.  The Title IX Coordinator should be notified if there are allegations of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct involving an employee or student.

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.

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.

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 Title IX Coordinator or any university official, administrator, supervisor, manager, or faculty member.

  • 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 Title IX Coordinator, 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 Title IX Coordinator, 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.

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:

Reporting options

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

Download a complaint form

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Russell Froman
903 West University Avenue
(352) 273-1094
titleix@ad.ufl.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jeanna Mastrodicasa
(352)392-1971
jmastro@ufl.edu

Criminal Investigations
Scott Summers
(352)392-9584
ssummers@ufl.edu

Health Science Center
Thomas Pearson
(352) 733-1800
tapearson@ufl.edu

Housing
Janette Rawls
(352)392-2171 ext. 10153
janetter@housing.ufl.edu

P.K. Yonge
Ashley Pennypacker
(352)392-1554 ext 226
ahill@pky.ufl.edu

Student Affairs
Norb Dunkel
(352)392-1265
norbd@ufsa.ufl.edu

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

Youth Conference Services
Carolynn Komanski
(352)392-2171 ext. 10117
carolynnk@ufsa.ufl.edu

Completion of harassment prevention training is an expectation of employment for all employees at the University. New hires are expected to complete harassment prevention training within the first 30 days of employment and provide their certificate of training completion to appropriate department personnel. Training is expected of all faculty and staff every two years. For more information, please see the Job Requirements section of this website.