Reporting Options and Resources
If you or someone you know has experienced sex or gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual harassment, sexual violence or intimate partner 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.
I. Local Law Enforcement
Reporting Parties 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
II. Formal, Campus Reporting Options
A. Public Safety
When a Reporting Party reports an act of sexual misconduct or sexual violence to the Public Safety Department, the Reporting Party may elect to file a separate report with law enforcement; Public Safety will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency on behalf of the Reporting Party. Filing a complaint alleging a violation of university policy is separate from and independent of any criminal complaint that may be filed. Public Safety will notify a Stetson University professional staff member who will respond and provide resources and support for the Reporting Party. Interim measures to protect the Reporting Party and/or the university community shall be considered and implemented by the university regardless of any criminal investigation undertaken by law enforcement.
An administrative investigation undertaken by the university based on an alleged policy violation will proceed independently from any law enforcement investigation that may be initiated by the Reporting Party. The university's investigation and resolution process may be delayed temporarily to accommodate or coordinate efforts with law enforcement, but the university investigation shall otherwise proceed independently of any related law enforcement investigation.
Stetson University Public Safety
405 N. Amelia Ave
DeLand, FL 32723
Public Safety at the College of Law
1219 61st. Street S.
Gulfport, FL 33707
B. Responsible Employees
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. Responsible Employees are required to report the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or appropriate Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The report must include the name of the Reporting Party, the name of the Respondent, and the date, time, location, and nature of the incident. Prior to information being disclosed to a Responsible Employee, the Responsible Employee employee should make clear to the Reporting Party that they are not a confidential resource and refer the Reporting Party to the appropriate confidential resources if they do not want the information shared to be reported to the Title IX Office.
C. Reporting Forms
One option to report incidents or concerns of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence, is to utilize an online report form. For incidents involving students, individuals may use the Gender-Based Misconduct, Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence form. For incidents involving employees, individuals may use Stetson University's anonymous reporting line EthicsPoint. These forms do not have to be used to make a complaint, report an incident, or receive assistance. Anonymous reports, however, may limit the university's ability to fully investigate.
D. Title IX Coordinators
Reports may be made by directly contacting the Title IX Coordinator, or appropriate Deputy Title IX Coordinator. These individuals will also 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.
1. Title IX Coordinator - University-Wide
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, sexual violence and intimate partner violence. The Title IX Coordinator will assist the Reporting Party in consulting with the appropriate Deputy Title IX Coordinators to facilitate the prompt and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints.
Lyda Costello Kiser
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
Carlton Union Building 214
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32723
2. Deputy Title IX Coordinators for Students
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, sexual violence and intimate partner violence, contact one of the university officials listed below. 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.
Carlton Union Building 207
421 N. Woodland Blvd
DeLand, FL 32723
1401 61st Street S.
Gulfport, FL 33707
3. Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty, Staff and Third-Party Reports
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.
4. Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Gender Equity in Athletics
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, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence, you may contact:
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32723
III. Confidential Consultation Options
There are options for individuals to confidentially report incidents of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, which includes all forms of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence.
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. They include counselors such as those employed by the Stetson University Student Counseling Services, practitioners at Stetson University Health Services, and the Chaplains in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
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 suspected abuse/neglect of a child or a vulnerable adult; concern/threat of imminent harm to one's self or others; or based on a subpoena issued by criminal or civil courts.
At the DeLand campus, individuals may contact the following confidential resources:
Stetson University Student Counseling Services
Religious and Spiritual Life
Stetson University Health Services
At the College of Law campus, individuals may contact the following confidential resource:College of Law Student Counseling Services
IV. 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 Reporting Party does not wish to pursue a formal complaint and/or requests that their complaint remain confidential, the Reporting Party will be informed that the university's ability to respond may be limited, and that the university may still be required to investigate and take reasonable action in response to the Reporting Party's information. The following factors will be considered when assessing the Reporting Party'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 university as an “education record” under FERPA. Respondents, individuals alleged with a violation of university policy, are afforded certain rights. One of those rights includes revealing the name of the Reporting Party.
The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for evaluating requests for confidentiality based on the criteria above. The Reporting Party will be informed by the Title IX Coordinator if the university cannot ensure confidentiality, and the Respondent will be made aware of the university's decision to pursue the allegations against the wishes of the Reporting Party. Granting a request for confidentiality will not prevent Stetson University from conducting an appropriate inquiry and taking other reasonably necessary measures to protect the Reporting Party and the campus community.