At UCF there’s help for employees – whether victim, confidant, or the accused.
UCF employees are not exempt from being a victim of sexual assault. In these instances, you should be equipped with the same level of on-campus support as a student. Alternatively, if you’ve witnessed an assault, been confided in, or accused, you have responsibilities and rights too.
Understanding Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity where consent is not willingly given. It includes anything from touching to penetration. Males and females can be both victims and perpetrators of sexual assault.
Consent is intelligent, knowing, and voluntary, and does not include coerced submission. Failure by the victim to offer physical resistance to the offender does not mean consent was given. A person may not be able to consent if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sexual assault is a traumatic event, and victims commonly experience fear, shock, confusion, disbelief, embarrassment, shame, guilt, and a tremendous sense of loss.
Sexual assault is an extreme form of sexual misconduct and is prohibited by Title IX. However, less severe forms of sexual misconduct are also prohibited by Title IX.
Advice for Victims
The single most important step a victim of sexual assault may take is to tell someone and get help, which could include talking with a family member, friend, partner, advocate, counselor, healthcare provider, or law enforcement officer.
The victim should also try to preserve evidence of the assault especially during the first 96 hours after the assault for possible investigation. See Evidence Preservation for advice.
What do I do if someone has reported to me?
Identify whether you are a Responsible Employee or a Campus Security Authority.
RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEES must report all information about the sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, Dawn Welkie, 407-823-1354 or Dawn.Welkie@ucf.edu.
A Responsible Employee is a university employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct, the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct or other student misconduct, or is someone a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. The following are Responsible Employees:
- All university professors, lecturers, instructors, adjuncts
- All UCF employees working on UCF’s Regional Campuses
- Graduate students with classroom responsibilities
- Administrative and professional staff members in the President’s office
- Administrative and professional staff members in the Office of the Provost
- Administrative and professional staff members, USPS staff members, and graduate assistants in Student Development and Enrollment Services (excludes professional and pastoral counselors)
- Administrative and professional staff members in the Human Resources office
- All employees in the University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk office
- All employees in the University Audit office
- Administrative and professional staff members serving in International Programs
- Athletics director, sports supervisors, athletic coaches, and trainers
- All administrative and professional staff members in the Office of the General Counsel
- All resident advisors
- All academic advisors
- All Program Leaders in the UCF Study Abroad Program
- All Army and Air Force ROTC faculty and staff
- O-Team members
If you have a question about whether you are a Responsible Employee, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dawn Welkie, 407-823-1354 or Dawn.Welkie@ucf.edu.
Campus Security Authorities
CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES must submit a CSA form if the report involves sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking here.
The Clery Act regulation Campus Security Authority is a Clery-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution.
- A member of a campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
- Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into the institutional property).
- Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
- An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.
Student affairs officials, residential life officials, coordinator of Greek affairs, student judicial officials, director of athletics, assistant directors, team coaches, trainers, student resident advisors, faculty and staff advisors to student organizations, and administrators at branch campuses.
If you have a question about whether you are a Campus Security Authority, contact the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, Rhonda Bishop, 407-823-6263 or Rhonda.Bishop@ucf.edu.
- Use non-judgmental, supportive language. Victims of sexual harassment, especially sexual violence, can experience memory loss due to the trauma, fear, unfounded shame or guilt, or disassociation. You should not try to determine whether sexual misconduct actually occurred. University officials with special training will investigate and make this determination.
- Consider taking immediate action to prevent further harm by offering to contact the UCF Police for an escort or other protection. Consider other actions that are within your authority such as allowing the victim to reschedule an exam or meeting, to attend a class remotely, or extend a due date while university officials are investigating. These actions may be taken before any finding of misconduct.
- Contact an advocate – while the student or employee is with you. The UCF Victim Advocate can talk to the victim over the phone, come to your location, or arrange for the victim to visit Victim Services. (UCF VICTIM SERVICES 24 HOUR ADVOCATE 407-823-1200)
- Refer the victim to support services such as UCF Victim Services, UCF Health Services and UCF Counseling Services (students), or the EAP (employees). Be prepared to provide contact numbers, website and email addresses and referral options to the victim.
- Notify the Title IX Coordinator, Dawn Welkie at 407-823-1354, or submit an online report via the Make a Report option.
- Repeat information and provide written information or instructions to the victim. Victims in crisis do not retain verbal information or instructions.
- Obtain resources from Victim Services for your office, or request a presentation for your class.
Where to report or obtain support on campus?
There are several places on campus for victims to receive assistance, support, and report incidents of sexual assault. It is important for the victim to understand the different functions and services each office provides in order to make an informed decision suitable to her or his situation and the different levels of confidentiality.
|Seeking info & support||Obtaining Counseling||Informal Remedies
|UCF Victim Services
24/7 Advocacy & Support
|Privileged & Confidential
|UCF Police Department
|Confidential according to state law
|Title IX Coordinator
|Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
What happens after a report is made?
The Investigative Process
Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Office
The director of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action serves as the university’s Title IX coordinator and is responsible for investigating allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence perpetrated by employees, students, or others against employee or student victims. Allegations may be investigated informally or through the university Formal Discrimination Grievance process. Questions about the process should be directed to a staff member at 407-823-1354 or on their website.
Different classifications of employees may have additional rights concerning making complaints and the discipline process. More information is available using the following resources:
- Faculty Relations
- Grievance Procedure for Non-Unit Faculty Employees
- Grievance Procedure for In-Unit Faculty Employees covered under the Collective Bargaining Unit
- Human Resources
Knowing Your Rights
Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at UCF. Reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking are taken seriously. It is important to UCF that victims are informed, protected, and respected. The following rights are afforded to any UCF student, staff, or faculty member who experiences sexual misconduct
For additional information, click here.
If you have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, and the university is determining whether disciplinary action is appropriate, you have certain rights.
For additional information, click here.
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