What You Should Know

What is an Advisor?

Complainants and Respondents are entitled to have an Advisor with them anytime they participate in the investigation and resolution process, which includes the filing of the complaint, the interview with the Investigative Authority, and any other meetings or hearings related to the investigation and resolution process.

The Advisor’s primary role is to support the party. The Advisor may also observe the proceedings and provide guidance to their party. However, the Advisor is not an active participant in any proceeding. An Advisor can be barred from being present if, they violate the rules of decorum set forth by the Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity.

An advisor may not speak for a party or ask questions for a party.

An Advisor can give guidance to the party on what to say and what questions to ask prior to interactions with the Investigator or Title IX Coordinator. Please note that the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Evidence do not apply to the investigation and resolution process.

Who can be an Advisor?

The Advisor may be any person selected by a party (including legal counsel, a parent, a roommate, etc.) except that the Advisor may not be another party or a witness in the matter under investigation.

What if I don’t have an Advisor?

Prior to the hearing phase of a formal investigation, the Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity will provide both Complainants and Respondents with an Advisor if none has been secured.

Student Advisor Program

The Student Advisor Program is a partnership with the Levin College of Law which ensures that UF students and employees have proper representation in Title IX hearings. Law students serve as advisors and support persons for individuals going through the Title IX process. Law students receive pro bono credit for participation in the Program. Law students must be in their second or third year and commit to attending a training session at the beginning of each year/semester in which they serve as Advisor.

Role in Title IX Grievance Process

Law students are assigned to parties during the investigatory stage to serve as support persons. If a formal hearing is held and parties are unable to secure an outside Advisor, the law student will also serve as an Advisor and conduct cross-examinations during the hearing.

How Can I apply to be an Advisor?

Law students who are interested in serving as an Advisor can apply through the application portal below.

Student Advisor Application