The Florida State University’s Discrimination Response System aims to fosters a diverse and dynamic environment for our community to learn about self and others. Members of this community vary in their race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans’ status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected group status. This diversity provides rare opportunities for lifelong learning, and it is through this learning, we must maintain a level of respect for others, the university, and the community.
In our pursuit of excellence, we must embrace learning and living in a diverse environment that aims to celebrate our differences and similarities. Through this we will support academic freedom and freedom of speech so that community members can coexist in a just atmosphere where active citizenship and the discovery of new friendships are supported.
Terms & Definitions
Prejudice - for the purpose of this process we define the term "Prejudice" as an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge is acquired. An irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics.
Bias - for the purpose of this process we define the term "Bias" as an act or behavior motivated by the offender(s) pre-formed negative opinion or attitude toward facets of another person(s)' identity. An incident of bias may occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. An act of bias may be directed toward an individual or group. Bias may contribute to creating an unsafe, hostile and/or an unwelcoming environment for another person(s). For Florida State University, an incident of bias is an act that directly violates any of the tenets of The Seminole Creed.
Discrimination - for the purpose of this process we define the term "Discrimination" as unequal treatment of a person(s), for a reason which has nothing to do with legal rights, ability [or merit]. Florida State University prohibit discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans' or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status.
Florida State University has established support systems and processes to aid community members in reporting and responding to acts of bias and discrimination. These systems provide free and confidential services for students to report behavior believed to be an incident of bias or discrimination. The Florida State University is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all students, faculty and staff. Fostering this climate includes taking constructive action if one witnesses or knows about behavior perceived to be inconsistent with the Seminole Creed, which may include violating the student code of conduct and/or university policies. The following departments on campus serve as resources for all students in navigating and managing the reporting process:
Center for Leadership & Social Change - Incidents of bias or discrimination between students
Dean of Students Office - Incidents related to sexual assault or harassment committed by students
Office of Equal Opportunity & Compliance - Incident of bias or discrimination against students by faculty/staff
You may elect to submit an incident report electronically. Upon receiving the report a staff member will follow up and respond as appropriate. For immediate assistance, please dial 911 or contact our Victim's Advocate Office (Daytime 850-644-7161 / Nights and Weekends 850-644-1234 ask to speak with the on-call advocate)