Individuals that experience sexual harassment, sexual violence or intimate partner violence are strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance. Your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent or treat sexually transmitted diseases and screen for the presence of any date rape drugs. Undergoing a medical examination is also critical to preserving evidence and is a time-sensitive process. Exams can typically be conducted up to five days from the date of the incident, but you are encouraged to seek assistance as soon as possible to prevent the loss of evidence.
If you are in an immediate crisis, call 911.
Lyda Costello Kiser (Non-confidential Resource)
Title IX Executive Director & Coordinator
At the DeLand campus, individuals may consult these Confidential Resources:
Stetson University Student Counseling Services
*Crisis counseling may be needed when a student is in extreme distress. This may be needed after a traumatic event, such as a serious threat to safety, an injury or assault, the death of a friend or family member, or a disaster. The student may contact Student Counseling Services during regular working hours by phone or in-person (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., generally). After business hours, students may call 386-822-8740 to be connected to the Volusia County Crisis Response Team. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, select option 1. For all other mental health needs, select option 7.
At the College of Law, individuals may consult these Confidential Resources:
When someone reports an act of sexual misconduct or sexual violence to the Department 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 Reporting Party wishes to pursue prosecution. Public Safety will also notify a Stetson University professional staff member who will respond and 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 Reporting Party and the university community.
If you are in an immediate crisis, call 911.
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
Education and Prevention
How Do I Help? Advice on Talking to Victims
Student Involvement and Information
Medical and Behavior Health Options
- Florida Hospital, DeLand: 386-943-4650
- Florida Hospital, DeLand – Behavioral Health Crisis Help Line: 1-800-539-4228
- St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg: 727-825-1100
General Resources, Referrals, and Support
- Betty Griffin House - 24-hour Crisis hotline: 904-824-1555
- Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, Florida 33613
- Department of Justice Sexual Violence Resources: 202-307-6026
- Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-500-1119 or 386-255-2102
- Family Life Center - 24-hour Crisis hotline: 386-437-3505
- Florida Council Against Sexual Violence: 888-956-7273
- National Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: 877-739-3895
- Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-956-RAPE (7273) or 813-964-1964
- Trauma Counseling Services: 813-264-9955
You may file for an Injunction for Protection (commonly referred to as a restraining order) with the Volusia County Clerk of Courts office. The Clerk's Office will assist a victim with filing a Petition for Injunction Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After normal business hours, assistance is available by calling the Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or 386-255-2102, Daytona Beach, FL.
- Volusia County Courthouse
101 North Alabama Avenue, DeLand, FL. 32724
You may file for an Injunction for Protection with the Pinellas County Clerk of Courts office at one of the locations listed below, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., excluding county holidays. For more information call (727) 464-7000.
- Civil Court Records
315 Court Street, Room 170
Clearwater, FL 33756
- Criminal Justice Center
14250 49th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762
- St. Petersburg Branch Office
545 First Avenue North, Room 101
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
You may file for an Injunction for Protection in Hillsborough County at the locations listed below:
- George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
Family Law Department
800 E. Twiggs St.
813-276-8100 x 4356
(8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Saturday through Sunday and holidays)
- Plant City Courthouse Annex
302 N. Michigan Avenue
Plant City, FL
813-276-8100 x 452
(8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)
- Spring of Tampa Bay (Domestic Violence Shelter)
Stetson University's prohibition of sex-based discrimination includes discrimination or harassment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or related conditions, including recovery. Title IX also ensures the right to take medically necessary leave and to be free of harassment, intimidation, or other discrimination because of pregnancy-related conditions.
Stetson University's DeLand Campus provides lactation rooms for use by students and employees. One is located on the first floor of the Lynn Business Center by the restrooms. The other is located on the 2nd floor of the CUB, south side (above the coffee shop) in room 202.
Stetson University College of Law Gulfport Campus provides a lactation room in the Human Resources Conference Room, F-110.
Pregnant and parenting students, staff or faculty who experience harassment or discrimination may contact:
Lyda Costello Kiser
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
Carlton Union Building, Office 215
The Title IX Coordinator may work in conjunction with the Accessibility Services Centers to provide reasonable accommodations.
The Pregnant Scholar is a great resource and reference site with information about how Title IX applies to pregnant and parenting students.