The Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity, who oversees Title IX at UF, is committed to ensuring equal access to University programs and activities and to promoting diversity and inclusion based on sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity. In response to the Title IX regulations issued in May 2020 by the Department of Education, we have drafted a new gender equity policy. This policy goes beyond the regulatory requirements outlined by Title IX to address all sexual-based misconduct and relationship violence that occurs in an institutional program or activity.
The University of Florida prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, sex- or gender-stereotyping, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, or protected veterans. As such, the University strives to protect students, employees, and visitors from any form of sexual misconduct or gender-based harassment, including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking/Cyberstalking, Pregnancy Discrimination, and associated Retaliatory Actions. Regardless of what is defined as misbehavior that falls within the scope and definitions outlined by the Department of Education’s new Final Rule as a “Title IX violation”, we will continue to address sexual misconduct and strive to eliminate any instance of it through a multi-various approach of sexual misconduct prevention education, healthy relationship modeling, and alcohol education in order to prevent harm from occurring, along with a multitude of support options offered if misconduct occurs. The University of Florida has zero-tolerance for sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic abuse, or stalking.
At the Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity, we want to reiterate to our unwavering commitment to ensuring equal access to University programs and activities as well as our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion based on sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
Our office provides a number of gender equity-related activities; these include providing consultation, education, and training workshops; along with helping to ensure the university responds appropriately, effectively, and equitably to issues of sexual-based misconduct or relationship violence.
We look forward to helping create a culture of care for you and all others in our Gator Nation community!
Dr. Russell Froman, J.D., Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Accessibility and Gender Equity
ADA Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator
University of Florida