If anyone has experienced or knows someone who has experienced sex or gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence, you are strongly encouraged to report the incident and seek assistance. Reporting the incident in a timely manner is critical for the collection and preservation of evidence and information.
If you are in immediate crisis, call 911
Local Law Enforcement
Complainants are encouraged, but not required, to make a formal report to law enforcement. Making a formal report to law enforcement will not impact the university’s responsibility to investigate complaints.
DeLand Police Department
Victim Advocate Unit: 386-626-7418
Gulfport Police Department
St. Petersburg Police Department
Tampa Police Department
Formal, Campus Reporting Options
When a victim of an act of sexual misconduct or sexual violence contacts the departments of Public Safety, the appropriate law enforcement agency may also be notified. If the incident reported can be classified as a felony offense, law enforcement will automatically be notified regardless of whether a complainant wishes to pursue prosecution. A representative from the university will also be notified and respond to provide resources and support for the student. The filing of a complaint under this policy is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding, and (except that the university’s investigation may be delayed temporarily while the criminal investigators are gathering evidence) the university will not wait for the conclusion of any criminal investigation or proceedings to commence its own investigation and take interim measures to protect the complainant and the university community.
Stetson University Public Safety
405 N. Amelia Ave, DeLand, FL 32723
Public Safety at the College of Law
1219 61st. St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
Mandated reporters, also known as "responsible employees," are staff members who are required as part of their role to report incidents disclosed to them. Federal law requires these staff members to report information to the university, and they are not able to maintain confidentiality. Mandatory reporters are required to report the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or appropriate dDeputy Title IX Coordinator. The report must include the name of the complainant, the alleged student respondent, and the date, time, location, and nature of the incident. Prior to information being disclosed to a mandated reporter, the responsible employee should make clear to the complainant that they are not a confidential resource and refer the complainant to the appropriate confidential resources if they do not want the information shared to be disclosed.
Individuals may use the Student Incident Reporting Form for reporting incidents of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
This form does not have to be used to make a complaint, report an incident, or receive assistance. The university’s anonymous reporting line, EthicsPoint, may be used, but will limit the university’s ability to fully investigate.
Title IX Coordinators
The Title IX Coordinator, or appropriate Deputy Title IX Coordinator, will assist in identifying the university policies, procedures, and resources available to address the report and to seek a resolution in a prompt and equitable manner.
Title IX Coordinator - University-Wide
Cathy Downes, Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: CUB 203
The Title IX Coordinator coordinates the university's compliance with Title IX requirements including an appropriate, effective, and equitable response to Title IX issues such as discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinator will assist complainants in consulting with the appropriate Deputy Title IX Coordinators to facilitate the prompt and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty, Staff and Third Party Reports
(DeLand and Celebration Campuses)
Drew Macan, Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Office Location: Allen House | 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8327 | DeLand, FL 32723
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty, Staff and Third Party Reports
(Gulfport and Tampa Campuses)
Pam Skoularakos, Director for Human Resources
Office Location: Tower Building – F Wing | 1401 61st. S., Unit 293 | Gulfport, FL 33707
The Deputy Title IX Coordinators for faculty, staff, and third party reports are responsible for compliance in matters involving faculty, staff, and third parties, including coordination of training, education, and communication, and for the administration and oversight of the Title IX policy and procedures.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Gender Equity in Athletics (DeLand Campus)
Alicia Queally, Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations
Senior Woman Administrator
Office Location: Edmunds Center, Room 113 | 421 N. Woodland Blvd. | DeLand, FL 32723
The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Gender Equity in Athletics is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving athletics programs, including coordination of compliance training, education, communication, and gender equity requirements in Stetson University Division I athletic programs. If you have a complaint against a Stetson University student athlete, coach, or athletics administrator for an act of sexual or gender-based misconduct, you may contact the official listed above, who will facilitate the handling of the complaint with the appropriate office.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students (DeLand and Celebration Campuses)
Jess Varga, Director of Community Standards
Office Location: Carlton Union Building, Room 223
421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students (Gulfport and Tampa Campuses)
Tammy Briant, Director of Student Life
Office Location: Student Center, Room 203 | 1401 61st. S., Unit 293 | Gulfport, FL 33707
To file a complaint against a Stetson University student for an act of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, which includes all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence, contact the university officials listed above. The Deputy Title IX Coordinators for students are responsible for compliance in matters involving students including coordination of training, education, and communication, and for administration of complaints adjudicated according to the provisions and procedures outlined in this policy and the Student Code of Community Standards for the DeLand Campus and Code of Student Professionalism and Conduct for the College of Law. Further information about Title IX and sex discrimination in education is available from the Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1100 (by customer service Hotline: 800-421-3481; Fax: 202-453-6012; TDD: 877-521-2172; e-mail: OCR@ed.gov; or on the web).
Confidential Reporting Options
There are options for individuals to confidentially report incidents of gender-based or sexual misconduct. The degree to which confidentiality can be protected depends upon the professional role of the person being consulted.
Pastoral counselors, professional counselors, and medical staff are able to provide confidentiality (within reasonable limits as described below) and will not disclose the details of a report to any outside source. They include counselors such as those employed by the Stetson University Counseling Center, Stetson University Health Services, Eckerd College and Health Services, and the University Chaplain.
Exceptions to maintaining confidentiality are generally set by law; for example, confidential resources may need to report certain incidents. The grounds for breaking confidentiality include when a minor or elderly person is involved in an allegation of abuse; there is imminent harm to self or others; or an individual has been subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case.
If you would like to access any of the above listed confidential resources, please contact:
- Stetson University Counseling Center | 386-822-8900 | Website
- Office of the Chaplain 386-822-7523 | Website
- Stetson University Health Services | 386-822-8150 | Website
At the College of Law, individuals should consult the following:
- Sarah Siegrist, Counseling Services | 727-562-7575
- The Employee Assistance Program at 800-272-7252 or online
(username: STET, password: STET)
Requests for Confidentiality
Stetson University will make every effort reasonably possible to preserve an individual’s privacy and protect the confidentiality of information. If the complainant does not wish to pursue a formal complaint and/or requests that their complaint remain confidential, the complainant will be informed that the university’s ability to respond may be limited, and that Title IX still requires the university to investigate and take reasonable action in response to the complainant’s information. The following factors will be considered when assessing the complainant’s request for confidentiality: the severity of the alleged sexual harassment or sexual violence; whether there have been other complaints of gender-based or sexual misconduct against the same respondent; and the respondent’s right to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the Uuniversity as an “education record” under FERPA. Respondents alleged with a violation of university policy are afforded certain due process rights. One of those rights includes the ability to know one’s accuser. The alleged perpetrator will be provided with the name of the complainant.
The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for evaluating requests for confidentiality based on the criteria above. The complainant will be informed by the Title IX Coordinator if the university cannot ensure confidentiality, and the alleged will be made aware of the university’s decision to pursue the allegations against the wishes of the complainant. Granting a request for confidentiality will not prevent the university from undertaking an appropriate inquiry, issuing a “no-contact” order, and taking other reasonably necessary measures to protect the complainant and campus community.