Gender Equity Policy Statement
The University of Florida is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for everyone — an environment in which sex or gender discrimination, including sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence, is not tolerated.
The Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity 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. We are currently developing a gender equity policy that covers all sexual misconduct or gender-based harassment and will share that policy with the campus community once it is ready. This policy will incorporate procedures for responding to all complaints of sexual and gender-based misconduct, discrimination, and harassment based on the protected classes set forth in UF’s non-discrimination policy.
The ethos behind this gender equity policy is to prevent harm, provide support, and to center the values of the institution regarding the equal and ethical treatment of all, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Our Prevention Education Plan
The University of Florida today announced plans to move toward a more proactive, preventive stance to address sexual assault and harassment as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the culture surrounding those issues.
Previously known as the Title IX Office, UF’s Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity has sought to expand its role in recent years beyond its directive to document and investigate incidents of assault and harassment. With the adage “Culture of Care,” the office has become a resource for those who seek to educate themselves about healthy interactions and the avoidance of harm.
Our Commitment to Sexual Assault Prevention
UF 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. No matter 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 for the harmed party once misconduct occurs.