Rollins College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, healthy, and respectful community in which students, faculty, and staff can work together in an atmosphere free of all gender, sex, and sexual orientation discrimination. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
Students who have experienced sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate action steps:
Get to a safe place. Call someone you trust. Consider calling a victim advocate. Victim advocates are available through CAPS on campus or the Victim Service Center of Central Florida off campus. Victim advocates are available at all times to assist you. To request an advocate through CAPS please call Campus Safety at 407.646.2999 and ask to speak to an advocate. For an advocate through the Victim Service Center, please call 407.497.6701. Your conversations with a victim advocate are confidential. If there is continued threat or risk of danger, call Campus Safety at (407) 646-2999 or 911.
Seek medical attention, even if you have no visible injuries. There are several options for medical attention. The closest hospital to campus is Winter Park Memorial Hospital (407-646-7000). Please note that area hospitals are required by Florida law and/or policy to contact local law enforcement. Medical attention is also available on campus during business hours at the Wellness Center. Students may seek medical attention, Plan B, STD/STI testing or seek answers to their health related questions and concerns on campus during business hours at the Wellness Center. Confidentiality laws protect the conversations you have with medical staff in the course of care or treatment.
Preserve evidence. It is common to want to shower or bathe following a sexual assault. Forensic evidence can be collected in the 120 hours (5 days) after a sexual assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, urinate, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you may need if you decide to prosecute. If you do need to change, place all clothing and shoes in a paper, not plastic, bag. You can have forensic evidence collected by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida without involving law enforcement or filing a police report.
The College recognizes that not every student will be prepared to make a report to the College or local law enforcement. Students seeking to talk to someone about an incident of sexual misconduct or harassment confidentially without making a report to the College or triggering any investigation by the College can utilize the following confidential resources.
Victim advocates are available to you at all times. Victim advocates are available to assist you with medical and emotional needs, exploring options and providing referrals and resources, and can accompany you to meetings and appointments. There are two groups of advocates available to you:
Victim Advocates in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): These victim advocates are counselors in CAPS and are on call for emergency situations. Phone number: 407.628.6340 (during office hours) or after business hours call Campus Safety (407.646.2999) and ask to speak with a victim advocate.
Victim Advocates at the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida: The VSC operates a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week Sexual Assault Hotline. The hotline is for anyone seeking immediate telephone crisis intervention services or information on sexual assault. The hotline is operated by certified Sexual Assault Counselors. Certified Sexual Assault Counselors are trained to provide immediate crisis intervention and ongoing support. Phone number: 407.497.6701 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
The following confidential resources are available to you during business hours:
Counseling and Psychological Services (407-628-6340): Students have the opportunity for one-on-one counseling on campus in the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Confidentiality laws protect the conversations individuals have with a counselor. Services are provided free of charge. Counselors are available to meet with students by appointment or almost immediately in crisis situations.
Health Services (407-646-2235): Students may seek medical attention, Plan B, STD/STI testing or seek answers to their questions and concerns by visiting the health center. Confidentiality laws protect the conversations you have with medical staff in the course of care or treatment.
The Victim Services Center of Central Florida (407-497-6701): Services include providing immediate support and advocacy to both reporting and non-reporting victims of sexual assault. Services can include forensic evidence collection by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) that occurs in a private facility which offers a calming home-like environment. A Victim Advocate is available to accompany the victim during the exam, and all information provided to the advocate is confidential. Services can be received regardless of whether a victim reports the crime to law enforcement.
Sexual Violence Incident Report
The College is committed to providing support to all parties involved in an allegation of sexual misconduct. Students are encouraged to talk with and receive support from any member of the Rollins community. Faculty and staff members receive training on how to assist students who disclose information related to sexual misconduct. We also recognize that students may feel most comfortable talking with someone outside of our community – parents, friends from home, the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida.
Students should be aware of the confidentiality and privacy policies of different offices. Other than the individuals designated as confidential resources, all faculty and staff members (including RAs and peer mentors) are required to elevate reports of sexual misconduct and harassment to the Title IX coordinator. If you are unsure of someone’s duties or ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk with them. They will be able to tell you their reporting obligations and help you make decisions about who can offer the best support.
The Title IX Coordinator is available to support you and can offer a variety of interim measures, such as changes to living arrangements and/or class schedules, no contact orders, and referrals to resources on and off campus.
The College encourages students who have experienced sexual misconduct and harassment to file a report with the College. You have the right to have incidents of sexual misconduct taken seriously, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures. Reporting incidents of sexual misconduct can help prevent future acts of sexual misconduct. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.
You can request to remain confidential and request that the College not pursue an investigation. In these situations, the College will balance your request with its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the Rollins community. In most cases we will be able to honor your request. However, under compelling circumstances including: evidence of a pattern of repetitive behavior, the use of force or threat of force, or the use of a weapon by the responding party, the College may conduct further investigation, or take other appropriate measures.
Sharing information about an incident of sexual misconduct and harassment allows the College to offer interim measures and support services. Examples of interim measures include making changes to living arrangements, altering a class schedule, and providing academic support services.
Please know that Title IX prohibits retaliation against individuals who file a report or participate in an investigation. Rollins College will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.
You can file a report with a variety of offices. These include:
Campus Safety: The opportunity to file a report with the College is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling Campus Safety (407-646-2999). Campus Safety can respond to your location to take a report or you can go to the Campus Safety office.
Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Both the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator are available to meet with any individual to discuss the options for filing and resolving a report, and offer interim measures to protect safety and well-being (as described later in this policy).
Community Standards and Responsibility: An individual can file a report with the College by utilizing the incident report form on the Office of Community Standards and Responsibility’s website (www.rollins.edu/csr).
Local Law Enforcement: An individual may file a report with the Winter Park Police Department or other law enforcement agency (depending on the location of the incident). A Rollins staff member is available to assist you in contacting local law enforcement.