Division of Student Affairs
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide

Florida A&M University is committed to providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Sexual misconduct is any sexual activity that occurs without the clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during such sexual activity, or that occurs when a person is unable to give consent. Sexual misconduct of all forms, including, but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking are all prohibited by Florida A&M University whether by faculty, staff, administration, students, visitors, or others. 
Title IX protects all students from sex-based discrimination, including sexual violence. University Regulations protect male and female students, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, students with disabilities, students that are gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, part-time and full-time students, students of different races, and international students.
University Regulations pertaining to sexual harassment and sexual violence:

University Resources
Department of Public Safety
The FAMU Police are available to respond to emergency calls, to report a crime and for crime investigations. 
Office of Counseling Services
The Office of counseling Services provides confidential counseling services and referrals. They also provide a victim advocate available to support students that have been victims of a crime, including sexual assault. Victim advocates can be reached after hours through the FAMU Department of Public Safety.
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault for the university community.
Title IX Coordinator
Carrie Gavin is the Title IX Coordinator at FAMU. This office is responsible for investigation of sex based discrimination, harassment, and violence. 
Student Health Services
SHS provides medical services to students. With a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) on staff the clinic will address health concerns related to an assault including STI/STD testing, and emergency contraception.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students has oversight for many areas including housing, student organizations and the Office of Judicial Affairs.
Office of Judicial Affairs
Judicial Affairs has the responsibility of enforcing the Student Code of Conduct to ensure that all students have an opportunity to live and learn in a safe and scholarly environment.
FAMU Compliance and Ethics Hotline
The FAMU Compliance hotline allow you to anonymously report by phone or website suspected issues of misconduct or violations of university regulations.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide
To eliminate sexual misconduct in our community, everyone must take an active interest and responsibility. Together we need to change our attitudes about sexual misconduct and be clear about our own responsibility to ensure that we are engaging in consensual sexual activity. 
What is Consent?

  • Consent is an outward demonstration indicating that an individual has freely chosen to engage in sexual activity. Consent is not inferred from silence, passivity, lack of resistance, or lack of active response.
  • A current or former dating or sexual relationship, by itself, does not imply consent.
  • Consent cannot be obtained from intimidation, use or threat of physical force, or coercion.
  • There is no consent from an individual that is unconscious, incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs, asleep, or otherwise unaware of where they are or how they became engaged in sexual activity.   
What to Do If You Believe You Experienced Sexual Misconduct

  • Do not blame yourself. It is never the victim’s fault that another person decided to commit sexual misconduct.
  • Seek safety.
  • It is normal to experience a range of emotions.
  • You may contact the police, the University’s Title IX Coordinator, file a complaint with the Office of Judicial Affairs for student disciplinary action, or talk confidentially with the University’s Counseling Center.
Step Up!

  • If you see a situation that you feel may lead to sexual misconduct, intervene.
  • If someone is being sexually aggressive, possessive, or threatening, get help. Alert your friends, the authorities of the establishment, or the police.
  • Be aware excessive alcohol consumption is often associated with sexual misconduct. Remember that alcohol and drug use are not a green light for sexual contact and never excuse engaging in non-consensual sex.
  • Boycott media and challenge assumptions that promote sexual violence.
Community Resources
Tallahassee Police Department           911 (in case of emergency) or (850) 891-4200 (non-emergency)
Leon County Sheriff’s Office                911 (in case of emergency) or (850) 606-3300 (non-emergency)
Refuge House                                                                                          (888) 956-7273 (24 hour hotline)
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital                                                                            (850) 431-1155 (general)
Capital Regional Medical Center                                                                         (850) 325-5000 (general)

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide

Filing a Report
Any member of the University community may file a report of sexual misconduct and the University strongly urges any community member impacted by sexual misconduct to file a report. By reporting you make the University aware of the behavior so that prompt action can be taken to address the situation. The University will take seriously every allegation or report of sexual misconduct received. The University’s response is intended to ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate support and fair treatment, and that allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, thorough, and equitable manner.
Bringing a Formal Complaint
A formal administrative complaint is a written complaint filed with the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, or the Office of Judicial Affairs.   A written complaint will lead to an investigation of the sexual misconduct and can result in disciplinary action. The individual bringing the complaint retains considerable, although not total, control as the process unfolds.  A formal criminal complaint can be filed with the FAMU Department of Public Safety or other local law enforcement agency.  A person may file an administrative complaint with the University, as well as a criminal complaint with law enforcement at any time.  The University and the criminal justice system work independently from one another.
Informal Remedies
Remedies may include safety planning, academic accommodations, housing relocation, safety planning, and/or issuing a no contact order. Requesting informal remedies are handled through the University’s Office of Judicial Affairs, Title IX Coordinator, and/or the Victim Advocate. Informal remedies do not preclude filing a formal complaint or formal discipline.
The University strictly prohibits retaliation against and intimidation of any person because of his or her reporting and incident of sexual misconduct. Complaints of retaliation or intimidation may be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Office of Judicial Affairs, or the Department of Public Safety. 
Requests for Confidentiality
Anyone filing a complaint may request that the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs or the Office of Judicial Affairs not disclose his or her identity to anyone else. While such a request may limit the University’s ability to investigate and respond to the reported misconduct, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and the Office of Judicial Affairs will consider the request in light of the University’s commitment to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students and will honor the request whenever possible. If the request for confidentiality cannot be honored, the reporting individual will be contacted. Whether or not the University is able to grant a request for confidentiality, University personnel will only reveal information about the matter to those who need to know in order to carry out their duties and responsibilities. 
Confidential Sources
With few exceptions, every employee at the University is considered a “Responsible Employee.” A Responsible Employee must report any incident, in detail, of sexual misconduct which they become aware to the Title IX Coordinator. A Confidential Source is not required to report, with identifying information, any incident of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Therefore, the University will not investigate the reported incident. Confidential Sources available at the University are any employees at:

Student Health Services                                                                                                (850) 599-3777  1700 Lee Hall Drive, 116 Foote-Hilyar Administration Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Office of Counseling Services                                                                                        (850) 599-3145 101 Sunshine Manor, Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Contact Info

1700 Lee Hall Dr.
308 Foote-Hilyer(FHAC)
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850)599-3183
F: (850)561-2674

E: student.affairs@famu.edu