Responsible Employee Obligations
All employees of the University (including staff, faculty and University ofﬁcials) who are not considered conﬁdential employees and certain student workers are considered responsible employees. Not all students who receive compensation from the University are responsible employees. In order for a student worker to be a responsible employee, he or she must have the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct or relationship violence; must have been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual misconduct or any other misconduct by students; or must be an individual to whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority. In addition, the disclosure must be made to the student worker in his or her capacity as a student worker.
All responsible employees are obligated to report all given information of sexual misconduct and relationship violence to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinator.
How to file a report of Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence
File a Public Report
All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to file a complaint of sexual misconduct and relationship violence in any of the following ways:
- by contacting the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinator listed above;
- by filing an incident report on the Office of Student Conduct website by utilizing the Public Report Form;
- by reporting to any responsible employee or campus security authority;
- by consenting to a confidential employee to share information with the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinator.
Confidential Reports and Victim Advocacy
The University designates members of the staff or faculty to serve as confidential employees. Confidential employees such as victim advocate(s) or University counselors are obligated to withhold personal identifiable information of sexual misconduct reported by a student, unless consent is given by the student to whom they are providing services.
The University of Tampa offers 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. An advocate may be contacted during the fall and spring semesters through the victim advocate hotline (813) 257-3900 or by contacting the Department of Campus Safety. During summer terms or between academic terms, advocates may be contacted solely through the Department of Campus Safety. You may always contact an advocate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports to Law Enforcement/Agencies
The University encourages anyone who believes they have experienced sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence to make a report to the Department of Campus Safety if the misconduct or violence occurred on campus, or to local law enforcement, for misconduct occurring off campus. Collection and preservation of evidence relating to the reported sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence is essential for law enforcement investigations, so prompt reporting of the incident to law enforcement is critical.
Designated University staff will, upon request, assist individual(s) in making reports to the Department of Campus Safety and/or appropriate law enforcement agency. For reports of off-campus sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence, the Department of Campus Safety will assist in identifying the appropriate jurisdictional law enforcement agency to assist in filing the report.
If a report of sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence is made directly to the Title IX coordinator or designee, which may also constitute a crime, the Title IX coordinator or designee will notify the Department of Campus Safety to ensure appropriate distribution of University-wide warnings, if needed, and maintenance of accurate reporting statistics.
Please note individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence may decline to make a report to a law enforcement agency.
Assumption of Good Faith Reporting
The University presumes that reports of sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence are made in good faith. A finding that the reported incident does not constitute a violation of the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy, or that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that the incident occurred as reported, does not mean that the report was made in bad faith. The University encourages all individuals who have experienced or witnessed behavior they believe violates the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy to report the matter so that it may be addressed, without fear of consequences from the University.