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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. But, despite best efforts and practices, no campus is completely safe and college students do become crime victims. The University of Tampa is committed to supporting our students and this website is a basic introduction to campus services and responses.

UT 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 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 by emailing

Campus advocates can provide a number of services for students who have been the victim of a violent crime. These include:
  • providing information on reporting procedures to both on and off campus agencies;
  • processing reactions to the crime and listening to feelings and concerns;
  • addressing specific issues related to personal safety on and off campus;
  • attending appointments and/or hearing meetings with the victim; and
  • contacting others on behalf of the victim with their permission.


Reporting may help in overall recovery.

After being victimized, one of the last things a victim may want to do is report the incident. Reporting can be difficult, tedious and feel like a further violation. Yet, there are many good reasons to report. Reporting may help in overall recovery, feelings of personal safety and the ability to regain control over life.

How to report:

Reporting to local law enforcement
  1. Tampa Police Department (813) 231-6130 has jurisdiction for crimes occurring on-campus or, for crimes occurring outside the Tampa city limits, Hillsborough County Sheriff, (813) 247-8200.
  2. Filing a student conduct report if the attacker was or is also a student.
  3. See Article 6 – Sexual Misconduct or Article 7 – Personal Abuse of the student conduct code for specific information. To file a report, contact the Student Conduct Office at (813) 258-7228 or via email at

Filing a Title IX complaint
If the attack was sexual in nature, a victim may file a complaint with the director of human resources who also serves as our Title IX officer. The Human Resources office may be reached at (813) 253-6237 or via email at Additional information on Title IX as it relates to sexual harassment and victimization

All of these options may be used separately or simultaneously. Victim advocates can help a student navigate these processes, provide support and answer questions.


Options are available for students with safety concerns.

Personal safety is always a priority but is particularly important after being a victim of a crime. The University offers many options for students who have concerns for their safety.

  1. A no-contact order between students may be issued by the Student Conduct Office.
  2. On-campus housing assignments may be changed or an individual’s access to certain halls may be restricted.
  3. Course sections may be changed.
  4. The student escort service, the LASER team, is available for escorts in the evening hours around campus.

Students are encouraged to contact Campus Safety, a resident assistant and/or a campus victim advocate

Preserving Evidence

Following an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking.

It is important to preserve evidence of any offense – it may be necessary proof to obtain a protection order or to prosecute the offender.

1. Sexual Assault

a. Forensic evidence collection is best done within 72 hours of the assault and best collected immediately following an assault. The state of Florida will collect evidence up to 120 hours following an assault; however, it is important to remember that the more time passes between the sexual assault and collecting the evidence, the less likely it will be to collect physical evidence that may be very important to the prosecution of a criminal case.

b. To preserve evidence in the case of sexual assault, it is recommended that you do not shower or bathe, wash your hands, use the toilet, douche, eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, change clothing, or wash clothing or bedding before a medical exam. Even if you have already taken any of these actions, evidence may still be collected, and you are encouraged to have prompt medical care.

c. If you wish to make a report to the police, or if you wish to have evidence collected so you can make this decision later, you may seek services by calling the Tampa Police Department (813) 231-6130 or Campus Safety (813) 257-7777 and requesting transportation to the Crisis Center, or contacting the Crisis Center of Hillsborough directly at (813) 234-1234. The Crisis Center facilitates sexual assault forensic examinations for the city of Tampa.

d. It is preferred that a police department facilitates the collection of forensic evidence on site. However, if you are not sure if you would like to report to the police or if it has been longer than 72 hours after the assault, you may wish to gather all clothing and bedding that may be used for evidence and place them into a clean paper bag or clean sheet. Items should be stored at room temperature that will not damage evidence. The Victim Advocate program at UT can provide replacement bedding by calling their hotline at (813) 257-3900.

2. Dating or Domestic Violence
In the case of dating violence and domestic violence, the resource you choose to report the crime to (a doctor, the police, an advocate, etc.) may recommend ways to preserve evidence such as logging incidents, photographing injuries, seeking medical care, etc.

3. Stalking
Stalking is demonstrated through a pattern of unwanted contact. Find out how to document stalking. In addition to logging unwanted contact, an advocate or police officer may recommend you save and photograph unwanted text messages, emails, letters and gifts, and store them in a secure location.

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