Title IX


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 immediate crisis, call 911.

Stetson University Resources

Cathy Downes (Non-confidential Resource)
Executive Director and Title IX 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, the student may contact an on-call counselor by calling WellConnect at 833-848-1765.

Religious and Spiritual Life 

Stetson University Health Services 

At the College of Law, individuals may consult these Confidential Resources:

College of Law Student Counseling Services 

The Employee Assistance Program (username: STET, password: STET)

Public Safety

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 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

Sexual Assault Prevention at Stetson University 


Off-Campus Resources

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

  • Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-500-1119 or 386-255-2102
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • National Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
  • Department of Justice Sexual Violence Resources
  • Betty Griffin House - 24-hour Crisis hotline: 904-824-1555
  • Family Life Center - 24-hour Crisis hotline: 386)-437-3505
  • Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, Florida 33613
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
  • Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-956-RAPE (7273) or 813-964-1964
  • Trauma Counseling Services: 813-264-9955

Injunctions for Protection

Volusia County

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.


Pinellas County

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. 


Hillsborough County

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.
    Tampa, FL
    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)

Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX makes it illegal to discriminate because of sex, which includes discrimination 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.

Pregnant and parenting students who need assistance with resources should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Cathy Downes, 386-822-7960.

For all members of the Stetson community, The Pregnant Scholar is a great resource and reference site with information about how Title IX applies to pregnant and parenting students.