Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence
If you are in immediate danger, call 911 and then Campus Safety at (386) 506-4444.
Daytona State College is committed to providing a place of learning and work that is free of violence, including all forms of violence, harassment, intimidation or exploitation.
Daytona State College does not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
The following Daytona State College policies address sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking.
Reporting Sexual Assault, Domestic/Dating Violence, Stalking
There are different options for reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking to Campus Safety and law enforcement.
Reporting to Campus Safety and law enforcement helps the College to effectively deal with these incidents. Campus Safety and law enforcement officers are trained to deal with these situations with sensitivity and compassion. The College will assist you in making a report to law enforcement. Please also keep in mind that reporting to the police is not the same thing as prosecution. Prosecution can be determined later.
However, if one does not wish to make a report with Campus Safety or law enforcement, these crimes may be reported to other Daytona State College officials. The College will take action once made aware that a crime has occurred, regardless of whether a report is made with Campus Safety or law enforcement.
Please visit our Reporting Crime and Emergencies page for more information and options.
Campus Security Authorities
Campus Security Authorities (CSA's) are College officials required by law to disclose any certain crimes reported to them, and are trained in taking crime reports and assisting victims.
In addition Campus Safety officers, CSA's may include, (but are not limited to), College officials in the following roles:
Athletics Director Director of Counseling & Accessibility Services a Athletics Coach Counselor Student Housing Resident Assistant (RA) Human Resources Representative Dean of Student Life Judicial Affairs Officer Title IX Coordinator Human Resources Representative Faculty Club Advisor Academic Advisor Regional Campus Director Athletics Trainer
Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking have rights protected by the Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act, including rights to assistance by the College.
For more information on these rights, view our document
Daytona State College officials will advise victims on how to pursue protection injuctions.
When pursuing a protection injuction, victims are advisted to list Daytona State College as a restricted location and provide a copy of the injunction to the College. Daytona State College will comply with all court-ordered injunctions.
For more information about the Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act view our
Sexual assault includes 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, including forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling. Sexual assault includes unlawful, non-forcible sex offenses, including incest (non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law) and statutory rape (non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent).
Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by 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 Violence Against Women Act, or by 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. Domestic violence is a crime defined in Fla. Stat. § 741.28 and ss. 741.28-741.31.
Dating/Intimate Partner violence
Dating/Intimate Partner Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship is determined based on statements given by the person reporting the violence and consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating Violence is a crime defined in Fla. Stat. § 784.046 (1) (d).
Stalking is 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. A "reasonable person" under the definition of stalking means a reasonable person under similar circumstances. Acts of stalking may include acts in which the stalker, either directly, indirectly, or through a third party, follows, monitors, observes, threatens, communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person's property. Stalking may include communication through electronic communication such as text messages or social media ("cyberstalking"). Stalking is a crime defined in Fla. Stat. § 784.048. More information on stalking:
- Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC)
- Information for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
Sexual Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when It is implicitly or explicitly suggested that submission to or rejection of the conduct will be a factor in academic or employment decisions or evaluations or permissions to participate in a college activity OR the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance by creating an intimidating or hostile academic, work or student living environment.
Consent is based on choice. Consent is an intelligent, voluntary, informed decision by someone capable of making such a decision. In order for there to be consent in a sexual situation, there must be an affirmative statement or action by each participant. Consent does exist if coercion, threats, intimidation, or physical force are used. Consent is not the lack of resistance. There is no duty to fight off a sexual aggressor. Consent can be withdrawn at any time, as long as the withdrawal is clearly communicated by the person withdrawing consent through words or actions. If someone is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired such that they are temporarily or permanently incapable of appraising the sexual situation or controlling their own conduct, there can be no consent in the situation. This includes such impairment or incapacitation resulting from the consumption of alcohol or other drugs. Whether a person has used a position of authority or influence to take advantage of another person will be a consideration in determining whether consent exists in a sexual situation. A person is legally incapable of giving consent if he or she is:
• Under 18 years of age or
• Incapacitated or impaired as described above by alcohol or other drugs or
• Developmentally disabled or
• Temporarily or permanently mentally or physically unable to do so
Title XLVI, Chapter 794 of the Florida Statutes covers the criminal definitions relating to Sexual Assault and Consent for the jurisdiction of Daytona State College campuses.