The University of Florida (UF) has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. Their definition of sexual assault is unclear and it is not obvious if it includes acts other than intercourse. The university has an affirmative consent policy but their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s definition. UF forbids retaliation against complainants but does not offer a definition of retaliation.
A student conduct committee panel hears cases of sexual assault and issues findings of responsibility. It is unclear whether this is decided by a majority vote or whether the decision must be unanimous. It is also unclear whether the same panel issues decisions about sanctions or whether another panel or individual decides on sanctions. The Dean of Students will hear appeals, but the university does not specify whether sanctions are imposed immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. A sanctioning code and a timeframe for the investigation are not provided. The university does not state that mediation is explicitly unavailable in cases of sexual assault. The University of Florida does say the complainants are able to have an attorney present during the adjudication process. The university does not publicize the number of cases or sanctions and does not specify whether investigators are trauma-informed.
UF does not specify whether they provide accommodations to complainants outside of the investigation and adjudication process. The University of Florida has a student health center, but it is unclear whether they provide emergency contraception or if they have a sexual assault center due to a limited amount of information provided online. The university does not have a sexual assault advocacy center on campus. They have information on the local rape crisis centers, but do not specify whether campus police our trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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