Community Outreach/Crime Prevention Programs and Services
The FGCU Police Department encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be involved in campus crime prevention. The Community Outreach and Prevention Officer conducts programs on personal safety, facilitates programs for faculty, staff, students, student organizations, and community organizations. Additionally, the FGCUPD conducts programs for housing residents regarding safe living, sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, theft, and other crimes. Below are a list of programs and services available to the FGCU community.
For more information on our Crime Prevention Classes, contact Officer Myles Kittleson at 239-745-4531 or the UPD Dispatch at 239-590-1900. You may also e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click the link to schedule a program:
Due to recent events involving COVID-19, UPD will be suspending all outreach programs, events, and presentations involving the University Police until further notice. This will not affect calls for service or law enforcement related services, only educational outreach involving groups. Based on recommendations from school officials we will be utilizing social distancing and not participating in any events or hosting any programs until University officials provide further guidance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please continue to check the UPD website regarding updates on our programming and outreach events. Thank you for your understanding.
What to do if a crime or crash occurs
Call law enforcement immediately. Even a five-minute delay in reporting a crime can substantially reduce the chance of catching the criminal. For an emergency call 911 or call UPD directly at 239-590-1900 to report a crash or crime.
Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.): This course is available to female students, faculty, and staff. S.A.F.E. is a two-hour long program that provides women with personal safety information and an introduction to the physical aspects of self-defense. S.A.F.E. is an introductory course and touches on aspects of the R.A.D. program. Upcoming Course Dates: 4/17/20 CLICK HERE
Refuse to be a Victim (Crime Prevention Course): The Refuse To Be A Victim program teaches methods and strategies for your students to improve their personal safety. Focusing on topics from general campus life to the dangers of sexual assault, RTBAV aims to provide students with knowledge and strategies to help them avoid becoming a victim. The RTBAV program is not self-defense class. It is a seminar that will help you improve personal safety strategies and will provide you with valuable information that you can apply to every area of your life. This course is open to any faculty, staff, or students. Course Dates: Summer 2020, stay tuned for dates. CLICK HERE
I Yield to FGCU Eagles (Traffic Safety Program): Join the "I Yield to FGCU Eagles" program. Campus safety is a shared responsibility, which is why it's on ALL of us to keep our pedestrians, bicycles, skateboarders, and golf carts safe on campus. When you join this program, you pledge you are going to set an example to other to drive safe and be safe while driving, bicycling, skatboarding, or walking. When you join, you'll receive a sticker to display where you want to show that you are doing your part to keep campus safe and encourage other to do so as well. CLICK HERE
Sexual Assault Resources
What to do if you are raped or sexually assaulted
- Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination following a rape is to check for injuries and the presence of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy (as a result of the rape). The secondary purpose of an examination is to aid the police investigation and legal proceedings through the recovery of evidence.
- Don’t bathe, douche or brush your teeth. Bathing or douching (brushing your teeth if oral sex is involved) is understandably the first thing you might what to do but don’t. You might literally be washing away valuable evidence. Wait until after the medical examination.
- Save your clothing. It’s okay to change your clothes but save what you were wearing. Your clothing could also be valuable evidence. Place each item of clothing into separate paper bags if possible; if not, a single large bag will do.
- Report the incident to the police. You can also report the incident to the Dean of Students in the Cohen Student Union. It is up to you, but reporting a rape is not the same as prosecuting a rape. Rapists, even acquaintance rapists, are often repeat offenders. Law enforcement can only apprehend offenders when they know about the crime.
- “If you are the victim of a sexual assault and decide not to notify law enforcement,
it is still important that you seek medical attention and contact a victim support
- ARISE: Assault & Rape Information, Support, and Education https://www.fgcu.edu/wellness/arise/
Victim Advocate - Is also available to students who have been a victim of a crime. The Victim Advocate can provide student victims with their reporting options and may work with University officials to address students concerns related to personal safety and connect student with internal and external resources. For more information, contact Lauren Strunk at 239-590-7685 or email at email@example.com.
Student Health Services (SHS) - Student Health Services does not perform forensic rape exams. However, SHS does offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and Plan B emergency contraception. SHS can also direct you to other campus resources. SHS is located at the Wellness Center and can be contacted at (239) 590-7966.
Counseling and Psychological Services Office (CAPS) - Provides free confidential personal, emotional, and behavioral support services to all students dealing with trauma or victimization. CAPS can be reached at 239-745-3277 24 hours a day.
Student Care Services - Is available to students who have been a victim of a crime. The Student Care Services Case Manager can provide student victims with assisting in navigating campus and local processes. Student Care Services Case Manager Daniel Hoover: 239-590-1866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know someone in crisis or in need of assistance navigating campus services? Submit a Care or Concern form: CONCERN FORM
Student Conduct and Dean of Students - The Dean of Students can provide an overview of the student conduct process if the accused is a student at FGCU. You are encouraged to report so that we can look into the incident and do what we can to ensure this does not happen again to anyone else. The Dean will also provide information and resources available to assist you. The dean's office is in the Cohen Student Union, room 288 and can be contacted at 239-590-7900.
File a Student Code of Conduct complaint: FILE REPORT
Director of Equity, Ethics, Complaince and Title IX Coordinator - Precious Gunter, 239-745-4366, email@example.com
Contact the Title IX Coordinator if you:
- Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct;
- Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a University investigation;
- Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
- Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
- Have questions about FGCU’s policies and procedures.
File a Title IX complaint: FILE REPORT
Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT) - (Lee County) A hotline counselor can speak to you about options, assist you in making a safety plan, identify resources and assist you in making an appointment for counseling. Services are free. 24-hour hotline is 239-590-7950 (may be accessed while on or off campus).
Project Help (Collier County) - The Hotline offers immediate crisis intervention, information, and referral services. 24hr hotline 239-262-7227 (hotline may be accessed while on or off campus)
Home and Resident Living Areas
- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Do not admit strangers. Do not admit maintenance or repair persons without verifying their identity. If you are suspicious, contact the police.
- Lower shades or close drapes/curtains after dark.
- Be wary of inviting casual acquaintances into your residence. In over half of all reported rapes, the women knew their attacker.
- Leave lights on when you go out at night. Inexpensive timers can be purchased and used to convey a sense of occupancy.
- Have your keys ready when moving from one destination to the next.
Apartment complexes, townhouses, condominium communities, and other multi-family dwellings pose unique security problems because of the temporary nature of many residents of lease/rental property.
Here are a few tips:
- Have locks re-keyed when moving into a previously rented residence or after keys have been lost or stolen.
- Deadbolt locks, if not already in place, should be installed on all exterior doors including the one from the garage into the residence. Deadbolt locks can be either single or double cylinder but should have at least a one inch throw (bolt extends 1” into frame).
- Install locks or protective devices on windows, including second floor windows.
- Do not prop open resident hall doors. This is an open invitation to a criminal.
- Lock your office whenever you leave.
- Keep purses, wallets, and other valuables in a locked desk or cabinet.
- Report any suspicious person(s) loitering in your area.
FGCU is located adjacent to a large undeveloped land area to the east, which is a
natural habitat for wildlife. Many animals live on or near campus, so chances are
high that you might encounter them. Most of these encounters will be uneventful, but
there is a chance that you might come across a dangerous animal. Certain wildlife exists
on campus that you should keep a distance from.
First, exercise caution. Don't approach wildlife you can't identify. What may appear as a friendly creature might strike out at you. When they feel cornered, many animals naturally can become violent. They have no idea you are simply curious. They just want to get away and hide. It is okay to watch an animal, but just do it at a safe distance.
Second, never feed wildlife. It is not only dangerous but it can be illegal, and in the worse case the animal may have to be destroyed.
Florida is home to millions of residents who enjoy the state's beautiful scenery and warm climate. But few people realize that these qualities also create severe wildfire conditions. Each year, thousands of acres of wild land and many homes are destroyed by fires that can erupt at any time of the year from a variety of causes, including arson, lightning and debris burning. Adding to the fire hazard is the growing number of people living in new communities built in areas that were once wildland. This growth places even greater pressure on the state's wildland firefighters. As a result of this growth, fire protection becomes everyone's responsibility.
7 Practices for Computer Security
- Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
- Know who you're dealing with.
- Use security software that updates automatically.
- Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
- Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
- Back up important files.
- Learn what to do in an emergency.
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