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    Florida State College
  Aug 12, 2020
2011-2012 Catalog [Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012] 
2011-2012 Catalog [Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012] [Archived Catalog]

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Expectations of Student Conduct 
Procedures for General and Academic Appeals 
Procedures for Handling Alleged Academic Dishonesty 
Due Process 
Student Records and Privacy 
Rights for Students in the Associate in Arts Degree Program 
Equal Access — Equal Opportunity 
Harassment and Cyber-harassment 
Sexual Harassment
Other Policies 

Sexual Harassment 

Sexual harassment as defined in District Board of Trustees Rule 6Hx7-2.27, Sexual Harassment, is hereby deemed to be discrimination on the basis of sex and is expressly prohibited by this rule. This prohibition shall apply to every facet of the College’s operation including but not limited to employment and student environments, which include peer harassment. Any violation hereof shall result in disciplinary action, as appropriate.

Definition: 6Hx7-2.27 Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which:

  1. makes submissions to or rejection of such conduct either an explicit or implicit basis for employment, contract and/or academic decisions affecting the individual, or

  2. unreasonably interferes with the individual’s employment, contractual relationship, or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Procedures for Addressing Alleged Discrimination, Unfair or Inequitable Treatment or Sexual Harassment

Grievances relating to alleged discrimination, unfair or inequitable treatment or sexual harassment shall be handled as follows:

Students having a complaint against College employees shall first direct their complaint to the employee, unless the complaint is of such a nature that the student is uncomfortable discussing the matter with the College employee. All student complaints should be communicated within three (3) months following the alleged incident. To initiate the formal grievance process, in the case of alleged sexual harassment, the student shall discuss the complaint with the campus dean of student success or the director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer). (If appropriate, the dean or equity officer may designate another individual to discuss the matter with the student.)

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, then the student shall present a formal grievance in writing to the campus dean of student success or the director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer). This shall be done within 15 class days after the alleged incident is reported to the dean or equity officer.

The campus dean of student success or the director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer) shall conduct a preliminary investigation and resolve the concern, if possible. If the charge is deemed to merit further review, the campus dean of student success or director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer) will discuss the charge with the campus president, vice president of human resources and, if appropriate, the general counsel. Depending on the nature of the charge, the campus president will consult with the general counsel, and the executive vice president for instruction and student success. The matter will be resolved through procedures outlined in APM 02–1701 (Due Process for Career Employees) or APM 02–1702 (Due Process for Instructional, Professional and Administrative Personnel), whichever is appropriate.

The recommendation resulting from the review process shall be submitted to the College president, who will render a final decision in a timely manner.

Sexual Assault

Florida State College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including date and acquaintance sexual assault. Should probable cause be determined that campus regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, disciplinary action will be pursued through the code of student conduct or other appropriate internal processes. Discipline may result in suspension or dismissal from the College.

Any student or employee reporting a sexual assault will be treated with respect and sensitivity. Contacts and conversations which transpire pursuant to this procedure will be held in confidence.

Student(s) charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under the Florida Criminal Statutes and/or discipline by the code of student conduct. A decision by the criminal justice authorities not to prosecute does not preclude the College from pursuing disciplinary action.

Reporting and action taken by the College for sexual assault against a student or an employee will be limited to incidents occurring on College property or facilities, or at a College–sponsored function.

Complaint Procedures

Individuals who believe they have been sexually assaulted and wish further information or assistance may contact the campus student success dean. Any person wishing to file a complaint may contact a campus security office.

Campus Security Offices
Downtown Campus (904) 633-8390
Kent Campus (904) 381-3688
North Campus (904) 766-6608 or
(904) 766-6609
South Campus (904) 646-2357

All reported cases will be referred to the College Equity Officer at the Administrative Offices, Room 247, (904) 632-3221.

This office will discuss the matter with the student and make referrals as appropriate. The person reporting the incident may request to be kept anonymous. A report will be completed and forwarded to the director of equal access/equal opportunity. Situations requiring immediate administrative support will be referred to the campus dean of student success.

Campus Deans of Student Success
Downtown Campus Room 1097 (904) 632-8250
Kent Campus Room B-100 (904) 381-3443
North Campus Room E-132 (904) 766-6783
South Campus Room U-131 (904) 646-2009