Gender & Sexual Violence

This section of the Wellness Services web site is a resource for students, staff, faculty, and visitors at UWF to provide information about Title IX and our Sexual Misconduct and Gender-Based Discrimination Policy. You will find information that outlines how to report acts of sexual misconduct and university processes for responding to these reports. You will also find information that promotes gender equity and contains practical information about ending sexual violence.


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Mission

We offer a variety of violence prevention and bystander intervention programs, events, and educational campaigns to the UWF campus. We support students who have been victimized, as well as those affected by someone else's experience with abuse or assault, by connecting them to Counseling & Psychological Services, the Dean of Students Office, the Rape Crisis Center, and other coordination with both on-campus and off-campus resources. Our goal is to create a community centered approach to prevent and end sexual violence with a supportive campus environment for survivors. Additional information about outreach events and programs related to sexual violence prevention, including our annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) and Rock Out the Red Zone events can be found on our UWF Peer Educators' Facebook page.

Our Goals

  • Prevent and reduce violent behavior.
    • Increase students' awareness of and ability to identify issues of rape and sexual violence
    • Increase awareness of and ability to navigate issues of consent and healthy and unhealthy relationships
    • Increase individuals' capacity to recognize and intervene through bystander intervention trainings
  • Promote examining cultural factors that are implicated in violence.
  • Create a supportive campus environment for survivors.
  • Actively engage with the University and Division of Student Affairs in achieving the goal of a safe, accessible, and healthy campus environment and sufficient resources.

Creating a Safe Environment is the Responsibility of All Members of the University Community.

Members of the university community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The university prohibits sexual misconduct and is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of all types of sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination.

Based on the policy, sexual misconduct includes:

  • Non-consensual sexual conduct
  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
  • Sexual Harassment

If you feel you have been a victim of sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination, it is important for you to know your rights and your options in reporting the incident. You will find important information and contacts in this section of the web site.


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Resources

  • Call Counseling & Psychological Services at (850) 474-2420 to make an appointment to speak to a counselor.
  • Call the Dean of Student Services at (850) 474-2384 to get connected for support related to academics, counseling or reporting. They will never a make you do anything you don't want to do. They are on your side, helping you through this process.
  • Call Lakeview's Rape Crisis Center at (850) 469-3800 to set up an appointment with a counselor.
  • Call the local Victim's Services hotline at (850) 433-7273 for 24/7 support. Visit RAINN's Online Support Hotline.
  • Want national statistics and support? Visit RAINN to get more information.
  • Were you a victim of or did you witness a bias incident? Please see our new Bias Response Team web site to learn what to do!
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