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How Your University Police Department Can Help You

 
 

A Message from Your University Police Department:

If you are the victim of a sexual assault your first priority is to get to a safe place and obtain necessary medical attention. Victims are encouraged to make a timely report to UPD. The timely reporting of the incident is important for necessary evidence collection and preservation.  It is also the victim's choice as to whether or not to report a sexual assault to UPD, but reporting an assault (or attempted assault) is extremely important for the protection of the victim and the FGCU community.

Filing a police report does not mean that the victim must press criminal charges. Choosing to file a report with UPD begins the process should the victim decide to press charges now or even later. Contacting police starts the report filing process, provides the victim with guidance on where to seek medical services as well as who to contact to receive victim support services that are available on and off campus.

At UPD we realize that for many persons, being a victim to a crime is their first experience with the criminal justice system. Because most people have little contact with criminal justice system, it can be confusing and intimidating at times. The Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department wants to provide the members of the university community, who are criminally victimized, with information and the services that are available to lessen the impact of victimization.

Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department is available 24/7 365 days a year and can be reached at (239) 590-1900. For general information please feel free to go to www.fgcu.edu/upd/ or to get more info regarding sexual assault go to www.fgcu.edu/upd/rape.html