Campus Safety and Security Report
A guide for Keeping it Safe at Florida Palms University
The Campus Security Act (Public Law 102-26) requires postsecondary institutions to disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by this institution, which is used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution and/or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution.
In compliance with that law, the following reflects Florida Palms University crime statistics for the period between 1/1/2015 and 12/31/2021.
In complying with the crime statistical reporting requirements, Florida Palms University provides a map to current and prospective students, faculty, and employees, that depict its campus.
Florida Palms University does not have non-campus buildings or property, and public property areas.
Statistics are disclosed separately for each of the four general categories; this means that when an incident meets definitions in more than one of these four categories, it must be reported in each appropriate category.
Distributing the Annual Security Report
The school must report by category of prejudice the following crimes reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability, as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28 U.S.C 534) occurred.
- Office responsible to provide a copy of the campus security information: Florida Palms University – Director of Operations
- Who to contact to report an incident at the institution: Florida Palms University – Director of Operations
Violence against women – Definitions of:
Acts of sexual violence are serious problems on college and university campuses. Florida Palms University prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) (Pub. Law 113-4). The HEA defines the new crime categories of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in accordance with section 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 as follows:
“Domestic violence” means a “felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by:
- A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim.
- A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
- A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner.
- A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies [under the VAWA].
- Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction”.
“Dating violence” means violence committed by a person:
- Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
- Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- The length of the relationship;
- The type of the relationship; and
- The frequency of interactions between the people involved in the relationship.”
“Sexual assault” means any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact that involved either sexual battery or rape; where “sexual battery” is defined as any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact that involves forced touching of a sexual nature, not involving penetration. This could include forced kissing, touching, grabbing, or fondling of sexual body parts.
And “rape” is defined as any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact that involves a penetrative act, including oral sex, anal sex, sexual intercourse, or sexual penetration with a finger or object.
Sexual battery and rape are mutually exclusive categories (e.g., a victim or a sexual victimization incident would be counted as one or the other, not both).
In all instances, the definition of “consent and nonconsensual”, in reference to sexual activity, refers to sexual contact that the person did not want to happen = unwanted sexual contact.
a. “Consent” means intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission.
b. “Consent” shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender. Florida Statutes § 794.011.
“Stalking” means “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
- Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
- Suffer substantial emotional distress.”
If you believe you are a victim of any of these situations you can and should seek out help and assistance from the following agencies:
- Who to contact to report an incident at the Institution: Director of Operations.
- Local Law enforcement agency to report an incident that occurred off campus: Call 911
- List agencies and contacts in your local area that can provide assistance to anyone who believes they are a victim and might need assistance: Call 911.
Florida Palms University
has a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual assaults. The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) edition of the UCR defines a sex offense as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
Any student or employee engaging in a sexual assault will be immediately removed from campus. The incident will also be reported to law enforcement.
For sexual assaults that occur on campus or involve one of our students report a sexual assault (which can be done confidentially) call 911 immediately. After 911, contact the school director and report the crime. It is important to always preserve evidence for the proof of a criminal offense.
The Institution engages local law enforcement for full authority to take any actions on our campus if it deems it reasonable.
The Police Department offers sexual assault education and information programs upon request. A victim of sexual assault should immediately go to a hospital for medical evaluation and or mental health counseling.
Upon a report of sexual assault, Florida Palms University will obtain a written statement from the accused and accuser, and the local authorities on whether the offense occurred on-campus or off-campus. The institution will provide written explanations to the victim on how to proceed – including his/her rights and options.
Procedures for disciplinary proceedings
In all instances, the university is committed to providing a prompt, fair, and impartial process from the initial investigation to the final result for an institutional disciplinary proceeding.
Disciplinary proceedings are in place for both students and employees. All proceedings, steps, and decision making processes will conform to all relevant statutes, regulations, personnel policies, and regulations and collective bargaining agreements. All disciplinary proceedings will be conducted in a manner that:
- Are conducted by officials who, at a minimum, receive annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
- Is consistent with the University’s policies and transparent to the accuser and the accused.
- Should include timely notice of meetings at which the accuser or accused, or both, may be present.
- Provide the same opportunity to both the accused and accuser and/or their representative to be present during any disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be represented by the advisor of their choice.
- Provides timely and equal access to the accuser, the accused and appropriate officials to any information that will be used during informal and formal disciplinary meetings and hearings.
- Timely inform in writing to both the accuser and accused of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.
- Impose sanctions following a final determination of an institutional proceeding regarding rape, acquaintance rape, or other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses. Information concerning registered sex offenders can be found at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In addition, recent postings are printed from the agency and placed on Florida Palms University bulletin board located by the computer resource center.