Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character
FSU’s motto is strength, skill, and character.
Being a student at FSU is a privilege. That privilege comes with responsibilities. FSU has high expectations for its students. FSU has a Student Code of Conduct that applies to all of its students.
FSU does not condone any violence from its students, including but not limited to physical violence, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassing or threatening.
Some violations are things you already know, such as:
- Do not use physical violence against others.
- Do not threaten others.
- Do not stalk others.
- Do not harass others.
But did you know that according to FSU’s Code of Conduct, if a person is under the influence of alcohol, they are unable to give consent to any sexual act? See page 5 of the Code of Conduct.
Title IX Incident Report Form
Victims have the right to report to the police to press criminal charges as well as to FSU for Title IX proceedings.
Title IX Incident Report Form | FSU Victim Rights Statement
From the Student Handbook:
All FSU faculty and staff shall report every incident of sexual battery to the FSU Police (644-1234). It is the responsibility of each faculty and staff member to assist student victims in reporting incidents to the FSU Police. If the victim chooses not to provide evidence to the police, faculty and staff must still notify the FSU Police Department of the happening of the alleged sexual battery without identifying the victim, as soon as practicable. Both the FSU Police Department and the Victim Advocate Program will report statistical data on sexual battery and attempted sexual battery to their respective Vice Presidents, who will then notify the President of the University.
Any individual within the University community who has been sexually battered on campus or off campus should immediately seek assistance from the FSU Victim Advocate Office (644-7161 or 644-2277) or other victim services of their choosing. The Victim Advocate Office will provide confidential crisis intervention and information regarding the victim’s needs or options. All Services of the Victim Advocate Program are confidential and a police report does not have to be filed to receive support.
If the victim chooses to prosecute the alleged perpetrator, the FSU Police Department should be contacted immediately (644-1234). Incidents occurring off campus will be reported to the Law Enforcement Agency with jurisdiction (Tallahassee Police Department or Leon County Sheriff).
Victims are encouraged to seek medical attention and an evidence collection exam at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital emergency room. Because physical evidence is extremely important in the prosecution of sexual battery, it is strongly recommended that victims do not change their clothing or clean their body prior to evidence collection.
Victims have the right to:
- Be treated with respect and dignity.
- Seek medical treatment
- Contact a certified rape crisis center from which they can receive services
- Exercise his/her legal rights against the perpetrator.
- Be free from pressure not to report crimes to civil or criminal authorities.
- Have any violence committed against him/her investigated by the proper civil and criminal authorities.
- Review final police report of rape and provide a statement as to the accuracy of the final report.
Florida Statue 90.5035
A victim may refuse to disclose, and prevent any other person from disclosing, a confidential communication made by the victim to a sexual assault counselor or a trained volunteer, or any record made in the course of counseling or assisting the victim, including any advice given by the sexual assault counselor or trained volunteer.