Report an Incident

Reporting Options

Jacksonville University encourages individuals affected by sexual misconduct to report the incident as soon as possible.  Jacksonville University is committed to protecting the privacy of all persons involved in a report of sexual misconduct or harassment. However, Jacksonville University’s ability to maintain complete confidentiality may be affected by its responsibility to protect the safety of its campus and its obligation to keep an environment free from sex and gender-based discrimination and harassment. Outlined below are the reporting options for individuals and the confidentiality that applies to each.

Confidential Reporting Options

Professional, licensed counselors and pastoral counselors who provide mental health counseling to members of the Jacksonville University community are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a victim’s permission. Students who wish to discuss a situation in complete confidence should notify only the Student Counseling Center or off-campus confidential resources, such as the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. Faculty and staff who wish to discuss a situation in complete confidence should seek off-campus confidential resources or utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Learn more about the EAP from the Office of Human Resources.

Responsible Faculty and Staff Reporting Options

With the exception of the confidential resources identified in this policy, all other University staff and faculty who receive a report of sexual misconduct or harassment are required to elevate the report to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for investigation and response. Please be aware that all JU employees, including professional staff, faculty, coaches, and certain student staff, such as Resident Advisors, are considered responsible faculty and staff and must report cases of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator and/or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator will ensure that the University responds to all reports in a timely, effective and consistent manner.

The privacy of all parties involved will be respected. Information related to a report of sexual misconduct or harassment will be shared only with those University employees who “need to know” to assist in the investigation and/or resolution of the complaint. All University employees who are involved in the review, investigation or resolution of a report have specific training regarding the safeguarding of private information.

Where the University has received a report of sexual misconduct or harassment but the reporting party requests that he or she remain confidential and/or requests that the University not pursue an investigation, the University must balance this request with its responsibility to provide a safe and non‐ discriminatory environment for all members of the Jacksonville University community. The University is required to take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to a complaint, but its ability to do so may be limited by the reporting party’s request. However, under compelling circumstances including: evidence of a pattern of repetitive behavior, the use of force or threat of force, or the use of a weapon by the responding party, the University may conduct further investigation, or take other appropriate measures without the reporting party’s consent. The reporting party will be informed whenever possible of any action the University takes to resolve the complaint, including further investigation and corrective or disciplinary steps.

If a report of misconduct poses an immediate threat to the University community, when timely notice must be given to protect the health or safety of the community, the University may not be able to maintain the same level of privacy. Immediate threatening circumstances include, but are not limited to: reported incidents of misconduct that include the use of force, a weapon, or other circumstances that represent a serious and ongoing threat to the University community. Under Florida law, the University is mandated to report any abuse of a minor (under the age of 18) to the Florida Abuse Hotline (1‐800‐962‐2873). The reporting party will be informed whenever possible of any action the University takes to resolve the complaint, including further investigation and corrective action.

Ways to file a report

  • Campus Security: The opportunity to file a report with the University is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling Campus Security at 904-256-7585. A reporting party or third party can request a Campus Security Officer to respond and take a report.
  • Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Both the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available to receive a report of sexual misconduct or harassment.
  • Residential Life Staff members and Resident Advisors (RA): A report can also be filed with a Residential Life staff member or Resident Advisor (RA). Please note that RAs are required to report the to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Local Law Enforcement: A reporting party may file a report with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency (depending on location of incident).

Because the goals and objectives of the University’s Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy differ from those of the civil and criminal justice systems, proceedings under the University’s Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy are independent of civil and criminal processes and may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off‐campus. On‐campus investigation and response does not preclude, limit or require a student’s or employee’s access to the state and federal justice system.

Notifying the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) will generally result in the reporting party and, in some cases the responding party, being contacted by a police officer. The police department determines if a criminal investigation will occur and if the case will be referred for prosecution. A case not referred for criminal prosecution will still receive a University response.

Under Florida state law, sexual misconduct (as described in the definitions section) may constitute a criminal act. However, the University conducts investigations and renders resolutions in an educational, non‐criminal context. An act not criminally prosecuted may still violate University policy. To the extent permitted or required by law, the University will cooperate with outside investigators. However, outside law enforcement agencies do not respond to Title IX violations, and respond only to allegations of criminal behavior. As a result, the University encourages reporting to both the JU and to local law enforcement, if the alleged sexual misconduct may also be a crime.

The University process and the criminal justice process are two separate and independent courses of action. If a reporting party wishes to file a report with JSO, a JU staff member is available to assist. The University will not file a police report about the incident on the reporting party’s behalf unless compelling circumstances exist. The University’s response to a report is not impacted by the reporting party’s decision to file a criminal complaint or the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators

Jacksonville University has a designated Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators to oversee its response to all reports of sexual misconduct and harassment, conduct training, and coordinate compliance with the mandates of Title IX.  Any questions about Jacksonville University’s Title IX policies and any reports of sexual misconduct or harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

Title IX Coordinator

Kristie Gover, Ed.D.

VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Jacksonville University

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7067
  • Email address  kgover1@ju.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

James Williams

Director of Human Resources, Jacksonville University

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7025
  • Email address  jwillia@ju.edu

Dr. Lynnette Kennison

Professor, Jacksonville University

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7622
  • Email address  lkennis@ju.edu

Kevin Bennett

Director of Campus Security, Jacksonville University

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7585
  • Email address  kbennet1@ju.edu

Luke Morrill

Associate Dean of Students, Jacksonville University

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7585
  • Email address  lmorril1@ju.edu

DaVina Hamilton

Assistant Dean of Students, Jacksonville University

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7585
  • Email address  dhamilt3@ju.edu

Lauren Cevis

Associate Athletic Director, Athletics, Jacksonville University

*Designee specifically for Athletic Compliance

  • Office location  2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7794
  • Email address  lcevis@ju.edu