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Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct is committed to upholding the University of Tampa's Spartan Code. The values of honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility, personal wellness and citizenship are promoted and expected from all students. The Office's goal is to evaluate reported situations through the lens of safety, education and accountability to create educational solutions while balancing the protection of the University community and the individual development of involved students. This goal is achieved through:
  • Assisting in creating a campus community conducive to academic pursuits;
  • Providing a fair and unbiased process to address issues of student behavior;
  • Offering a variety of conflict resolution options for students;
  • Working with involved students individually to better define personal values and an understanding of institutional values;
  • Promoting a knowledge of behavioral expectations and their role in the campus community;
  • Actively seek out partnerships with key members of the University and surrounding community to improve awareness of value-based behaviors and increase student learning; and
  • Protecting the University community, property and interests.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report any conduct that may violate the proscribed conduct of The University of Tampa Student Code of Conduct, state and federal law.

Contact

Office of Student Conduct
Vaughn Center, 202
Phone: (813) 258-7228
Email: conduct@ut.edu

Campus Safety
Innovation and Collaboration Building, 1st Floor
Phone: (813) 257-7777
Email: campussafety@ut.edu

Procedures for Reporting a Violation of the Student Code

Violations of the Student Code of Conduct may be reported directly to the Office of Student Conduct by completing an incident report form in person at the Office of Student Conduct or via the online incident report form.

Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Potential criminal actions and any emergency on campus, including medical and fire emergencies, should be reported directly to the Department of Campus Safety by dialing extension 7777, (813) 257-7777 or by using one of the courtesy telephones located throughout campus. A list of all courtesy phones is available at www.ut.edu/safety/telephones.

Prompt reporting of all criminal incidents and emergencies is vital. Upon receipt of the call, a Campus Safety officer will be dispatched immediately to the site of the call or will ask the victim to report to the Department of Campus Safety to file a report. All student-related reports are forwarded to the dean of students and other campus officials as appropriate. Reports are reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct for potential disciplinary actions. Any subsequent information obtained during the investigation is forwarded to the dean of students and Office of Student Conduct.

Anonymously Reporting a Violation that Occurred on Campus

Persons who are witnesses to a policy violation or crime may report information anonymously through the silent witness program by utilizing the Silent Witness form. Persons who would like to report any crimes committed off campus that involve The University of Tampa students, faculty or staff should be reported to the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130, or by dialing 911 for emergencies.

Victim Advocacy

College campuses are academic institutions that foster individual growth and intellectual development in safe and supportive environments. Statistics demonstrate that college students are safer than people of the same age in different environments. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts and practices, no campus is completely safe and college students do become crime victims.

The University of Tampa is proud to offer victim advocacy services to any student who has been the victim of a violent crime. The program is staffed with trained advocates who are designated by the Office of the Attorney General in the state of Florida to provide victim services and work on-campus in student life. An advocate may be contacted during the fall and spring semesters through the victim advocate hotline (813) 257-3900 or by contacting Campus Safety. During summer terms or between academic terms, advocates may be contacted solely through Campus Safety. You may always contact an advocate at victimadvocacy@ut.edu.

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The Jeanne Clery Act is a federal law passed in 1990, which requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus.

The Department of Campus Safety prepares the annual Crime Statistics Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding The University of Tampa main campus, Residence Life, Office of Student Conduct and Student Affairs. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the act. Three years worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The full text of this report can be located on The University of Tampa website at www.ut.edu/safety. You may also request a paper copy from Campus Safety.

Americans with Disabilities Policy

The Office of Student Conduct is fully committed to act in compliance with all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated requirements. Any student in need of accommodation can contact the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of Student Disability Services.

Office of Student Disability Services
North Walker Hall Room 108
Phone: (813) 257-3266
Email: disability.services@ut.edu

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on gender in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. It covers gender discrimination and sexual harassment, including acts of sexual violence, and is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
 
The University of Tampa is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on gender and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing all aspects of discrimination including issues involving gender discrimination, harassment and sexual violence.
 
While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to all institutional programs and services at The University of Tampa. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at The University of Tampa, listed below are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Title IX Coordinator
Donna Popovich, Executive Director
Human Resources
RIVC 202
(813) 253-6237
dpopovich@ut.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students
Tim Nelson, Director of Student Conduct
Office of Student Conduct
VC 202
(813) 258-7228
tnelson@ut.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Athletics
Cher Pittenger, Assistant Director Academic and Student Services/Senior Woman Administrator
Athletics
MAC 126
(813) 257-3000
cpittenger@ut.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Academic Affairs
Katherine Cole, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Dean of Academic Services
Associate Professor, Biology
PH 202
(813) 257-3147
kcole@ut.edu

Obligations of Membership in the University Community

The trustees, faculty and administration of The University of Tampa are determined that this campus community be a place of shared responsibility, personal freedom and collective safety and harmony. They are committed to the fact that every effort be made to ensure the best possible quality of life for everyone at the University. It is important that the University be able to remove from the campus any person, student organization or any circumstance that is detrimental to the University community.

The University of Tampa is a community of scholars devoted to higher learning. Members of the community – faculty, staff and students – have an obligation, both to themselves and to each other, to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and high regard for the life and property of the University.

It is expected that all members of the community will share respect for the law, and adhere to the exemplary standards of conduct consistent with a community of scholars. It is further assumed these high standards will be self-enforced and that in the event they are not, the University may take action to protect its interests as a community.

In the enforcement of these standards, the following should be understood:

  • The president of the University or his or her representative has the discretion to suspend any student or other member of the University community whose presence is believed to be contrary to the best interests of the University community.
  • The trustees have reaffirmed that members of this community have rights and responsibilities.
  • Fair procedures, as described in this handbook, will be exercised in all conduct situations, although this may follow, rather than precede, administrative action. Students have the responsibility to cooperate fully with these conduct procedures.
  • Students have the right to a supportive and positive educational environment, with the accompanying responsibility to pursue their academic and related interests with integrity and diligence.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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All students are to conduct themselves with integrity and in accordance with the Obligations of Membership in the University Community. Students and any officially registered student organization at the University, as a condition of admission, agree to abide by all University policies contained in the University catalog, this Student Code of Conduct, other University publications and notices.

The University of Tampa has established policies that are considered necessary to preserve and maintain an environment conducive to learning, to ensure the safety and welfare of members of the University community, to encourage students in the development and practice of good citizenship and self-discipline, and to protect property and the environment of the University.

The University of Tampa assumes its students will conduct themselves as responsible citizens as articulated in the Spartan Code and will comply with all established University policies and all applicable state and federal laws. The University of Tampa reserves the right to discipline or dismiss any student or registered student organization whose conduct on or off campus violates the Student Code of Conduct and is unbecoming of a University of Tampa student or reflects poorly on the institution. This includes conduct that would impair, interfere with, or obstruct the missions, processes or functions of The University of Tampa, including endangering the health, safety or welfare of the student or others. Proceedings under this Student Rights and Responsibilities may be carried out before, simultaneously with or following a civil or criminal proceeding on or off campus. Sanctions may be imposed against a student or student organization for the violation of any student policies that occurs on or off campus. Sanctions are specific to the incident and are intended to be individual, developmental and educational in scope.

The University recognizes that all violations of University policies documented in a student's conduct file are part of that student's educational record. As such, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 that provides for confidentiality of students' educational records protects these files and their contents. This confidentiality allows only persons who meet appropriate disclosure policies to have access to these records. Instances where a student is a victim of a crime of violence, upon written request, The University of Tampa will disclose the outcome of a student conduct hearing to the victim. For more information regarding FERPA contact The University of Tampa Registrar's Office. For more information relating to specific conduct records contact The Office of Student Conduct.

General Questions

Representatives from the Office of Student Conduct are available to answer general questions about the University's student code of conduct or specific questions regarding an incident of alleged policy violation that has occurred on campus or between UT students. Please contact by email at conduct@ut.edu and allow three to five working days for a response from a staff representative.

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