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. 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.

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

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 judicial@ut.edu.

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 bsnelling@ut.edu. 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.

Safety

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



Quick Campus Contacts

Victim Advocacy Hotline
(813) 257-3900
Vaughn Center, room 213

Campus Safety
(813) 257-7777
ResCom

Medical and Counseling Services
(813) 253-6250
Dickey Health and Wellness Center

Student Conduct Office
(813) 258-7228
Vaughn Center, room 210

Safe Escort Service
(LASER Team)
(813) 257-4515
Vaughn Center, Information Desk