Welcome! You have now arrived at our web site designed to provide you with information about what to do if you or someone you know is being harassed and/or threatened.
- Contact the police and tell them that you would like to fill out an incident report
- Contact the office of Victim Services and ask to speak with a victim advocate. An advocate can be reached at (352) 392-5648 or (352) 392-1111. An advocate can assist you with medical, legal, and counseling services.
Harassing phone calls and e-mails:
- Immediately report the calls or e-mails to the police.
- Keep a log of all calls and/or a copy of all e-mails received; include the date, time & details of the call/e-mail.
- If you are continually harassed, you may want to consider changing your phone numbers and/or e-mail address.
For phone calls:
- Pay attention to any background noises, the caller’s sex, accent, speech pattern, or anything else that might aid in identification.
- Use *69 service. This service is available free on all Division of Housing telephones. Off-campus, there will be a charge of $1.00 per use. When you use this service, record the number and report the number to the police.
- If calls are recorded on an answering machine, save the tape and provide it to the police.
- If the offender is known, send them a clear written warning to stop sending you e-mails. Communicate that the contact is unwanted, and ask the perpetrator to stop sending communication of any kind. Then, no matter what the response, do not communicate with the harasser again.
- If harassment continues, you may file a complaint with the harasser’s Internet service provider, as well as with your own Internet provider.
- Make copies of all e-mails, being sure to get the address they were sent from, and report these to the police.
- Do not appear to ignore the harassment; your silence may be mistaken for consent.
- If possible, speak up when the incident occurs, and tell the perpetrator to STOP the offensive behavior in a clear and firm manner.
- Consider communicating with the harasser by writing a letter detailing your concerns and asking the person to STOP.
- Keep a written record, noting incidents as they occur and any witness that may be present. Keep any physical evidence (notes, letters, pictures, etc.) and anything else that will corroborate your story.
- Tell somebody. Talk to a trusted friend or colleague, teacher, administrator, supervisor, or supervisor’s supervisor (including department chairs and college deans), crime victim advocate or counselor.
University of Florida Web Site:
*UF Policy on Sexual Harassment