Florida Southern College Safe Zone Mission Statement
Have you seen the rainbow certificates posted outside the offices of faculty, staff, and student employees across campus? This indicates that the College employee within that office is Safe Zone trained! The Florida Southern College Safe Zone program was created as a way to support and embrace our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) persons within the LGBTQ+ community here at Florida Southern College. Safe Zone Allies focus on building a community that listens, acts, and educates others. The mission of Safe Zone is to build a community of Allies who support and advocate for the rights of the College’s LGTBQ+ community members.
Since the launch of the Safe Zone program, more than 100 faculty, staff, and student employees have participated in the training. You can find a list of faculty and staff that have completed the Safe Zone training here:
Safe Zone information can now be found on Canvas! We welcome everyone to review the homepage to stay up to date on Safe Zone related events. You can also browse our modules for more information on the LGBTQ+ community.
Statement on Hate Crimes/Hate Speech
Tenet 2 of The Cornerstone states that Florida Southern College scholars “...will respect the dignity, value, and worth of all persons while learning from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions.” Students that are found responsible through the Student Accountability process for participating in acts that rise to the level of a Hate Crime will be subject to formal disciplinary sanctions assigned by the College up to Suspension or Expulsion from the College. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement defines Hate Crime as a committed or attempted criminal act by any person or group against a person or their property, which in any way constitutes an expression of hatred toward the victim because of their personal characteristics including: race, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, sex or sexual orientation, age, ability, and any other real or perceived identities. Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, gestures, epithets or name-calling, insults, offensive objects or pictures, or threats of intimidation or harassment.
If you witness any action that does not align with Florida Southern College’s Cornerstone values, or is a violation of the Student Handbook, we encourage you to speak up and seek support. You can report a Campus Incident anonymously.
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