The University of North Florida is committed to providing all students, faculty, staff, vendors, visitors or others, an environment where they can work, study and interact with each other in a safe and dignified learning community free from any form of sexual misconduct. This regulation provides guidance regarding conduct that constitutes sexual misconduct, reporting responsibilities regarding such conduct and information on complaint procedures to address alleged violations of this regulation.
For purposes of this regulation, "sexual misconduct" includes sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, each as more fully defined below. Sexual misconduct violates University policy and federal civil rights law and may also be subject to criminal prosecution. The University is committed to fostering an environment that promotes prompt reporting of all types of sexual misconduct and timely and fair resolution of sexual misconduct complaints.
When addressing complaints against faculty, staff, contractors or visitors, determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual misconduct or retaliation in violation of this regulation, the conduct will be evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged victim’s position considering the totality of the circumstances, such as the nature of the alleged conduct and the context in which the alleged conduct occurred. In an academic setting, consideration will be given to free speech and academic freedom. For example, expression that is intended to facilitate discourse or debate in a classroom setting or open debate forum may be considered appropriate, but similar expression in the workplace may be unwelcome and inappropriate in the context of communications between employees. Those found to have violated this prohibition against retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion for students and termination for employees.
Any member of the University community who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment; any member of the community who believes that he or she has been subjected to retaliation related to an allegation of sexual misconduct; or any member of the community who believes that others have been subjected to sexual harassment in violation of this regulation, may seek guidance, counseling or file a complaint in accordance with this regulation by contacting: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, University of North Florida, J. J. Daniel Hall, Room 1201, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32224-2645, (904) 620-2507 Voice and TDD and (904) 620-1004 fax or via 711 Florida Relay for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing or those with speech impairments and/or limitations.
To view the University's current official policy, click here.