University Notices 2019-2020 Catalog Year
Americans with Disabilities ActToggle More Info
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is committed to equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities. The University will comply with all provisions of state and federal laws in this regard and will provide, upon request, reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with a disability. This includes complying with the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA) which covers qualified individuals with a disability and provides for the use of reasonable accommodations and access.
This policy applies to faculty, staff, students and visitors of the University community. The Offices of Institutional Equity and Compliance and Adaptive Services are accountable for compliance of this policy.
Anti-Drug Abuse ActToggle More Info
Students convicted of drug felonies may lose their eligibility for federal financial aid programs. The Omnibus Drug Initiative Act of 1988 authorizes the federal courts to suspend eligibility for federal student aid when sentencing an individual convicted of possession or distribution of a controlled substance. A student convicted of illegal drug possession or illegal drug sale may have his or her eligibility for federal student aid suspended for one or more years or may lose his or her eligibility indefinitely for additional convictions. Florida Gulf Coast University students convicted of drug felonies will also be subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct and sanctions may include suspension or expulsion from the University.
Campus EnvironmentToggle More Info
A unique attribute of our campus is the over 300 acres of wetland and upland preserves, home to a variety of wildlife - including turkeys, deer, alligators, hogs, bald eagles, indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, raccoons, opossums, and even an occasional panther or bear. The University endeavors to protect all wildlife, but in particular the wildlife species that are designated as endangered or protected by federal and state law and regulations. Warning notices of protected species are posted at various locations throughout campus. Wild animals must not be fed or approached. Unfortunately, some animals have become accustomed to the presence of people and are attracted to waste receptacles, dumpsters, or food spilled or left uneaten at outside tables. Please warn people not to approach wildlife and notify campus police if you observe wildlife approaching people. The University will relocate or remove wild animals if necessary. Finally, please observe all posted speed limits to minimize collisions with wildlife. Thank you for helping keep the University's wildlife healthy and wild - and people safe!
Diversity StatementToggle More Info
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, accessible, civil, and supportive learning community. It fosters respect and understanding among all cultures and all individuals who work, study, live, and teach within this community. Bigotry, expressions of hatred or prejudice, behaviors that infringe upon the freedom and respect that every individual deserves, and harassment of any kind transgress the university's vision, mission and guiding principles. Just as learning benefits from the interplay of teaching and scholarship in a variety of disciplines, so does the university community learn and profit from diverse cultures and perspectives. Florida Gulf Coast University will continue to pursue its aspirations by fostering a welcoming environment through diversity and inclusion.
Drug-Free CampusToggle More Info
Federal legislation mandates every individual's right to work and learn in a drug-free environment. Florida Gulf Coast University firmly supports this right in policy and practice. To this end, the University has adopted Policy 3.044, Drug Free Environment, to state the procedures and programs of the University’s drug free environment policy.
FGCU Regulations and PoliciesToggle More Info
FGCU has a number of regulations and policies that affect students, staff, and faculty. These regulations and policies can be found on the FGCU General Counsel website under the Governance link.
Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Institutional StatementToggle More Info
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to ensuring equity and fairness for all University employees, students, visitors, vendors, contractors and other third parties. Our commitment to these principles is essential to fostering a campus community that values diversity and inclusion. As such, the University does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sex (including sexual harassment/assault), gender identity/expression, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic predisposition with regard to admissions, employment, programs or other activities operated by the University. This prohibition extends to enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.
The University’s policies cover access and equity in the administration of education, programs, services and activities throughout all divisions, departments and units of the University.
Questions regarding the University’s nondiscrimination statement or compliance with the laws applicable thereto should be directed to person and office identified below.
Director of Equity, Ethics, and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
Florida Gulf Coast University
Edwards Hall 114
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565
(239)745-4366 or TTY: 711
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is committed to ensuring equity and fairness for all University employees, students, visitors, vendors and contractors. Our commitment to these principles is essential to fostering a campus community that values diversity and inclusion in our education, employment and business operations. We want individuals to feel welcomed and supported regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic predisposition.
In accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and also FGCU regulations, policies and practice, the University does not condone discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and retaliation on any proscribed basis. This prohibition extends to enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.
FGCU's policies cover access and equity in the conduct of programs, services and activities throughout all divisions, departments and units of the University. Also, all employment actions will support equal opportunity and advance inclusion.
Questions regarding this Institutional Statement or compliance with the laws applicable thereto should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity at (239) 590-1297, or outside Lee County (800) 590-3428. Thank you.
Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D
OmbudsmanToggle More Info
The Office of the Ombudsman was established by the Florida Legislature to assist students in resolving problems and conflicts. The ombudsman reports directly to the president and provides a prompt, impartial, and confidential means of facilitating dialogue between parties on campus. The office also provides a means of resolving differences, apart from formal grievance procedures.
Once a problem is reported, the ombudsman works with the client to identify alternative responses to strategically address the matter. A plan is developed which seeks to achieve a mutually satisfactory solution. The office is firmly committed to maintaining the confidentiality of those who use the services. To the extent possible, the discussions, issues, concerns, or problems presented to the ombudsman remain in strict confidence.
For more information, contact Monique McKay, University Ombuds and Assistant to the President, Edwards Hall 211, phone 239-590-1022,
Student Right to Know/Campus SecurityToggle More Info
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act (previously the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (1990)), mandates that all postsecondary institutions are required to prepare, publish, and distribute certain information regarding campus crime and policies related to security. In addition to crime statistics for the past three years, the national legislation requires universities to make policies related to security issues public. New requirements in 2010 included information on fire incident reporting requirements, missing student guidelines, emergency notification guidelines, and hate crime reporting requirements. Another update in 2013, the Campus SaVE Act, provides for additional information on such issues as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, harassment, and the providing of training to faculty, staff and students. The FGCU Campus Safety Guide is published annually and is available on the FGCU General Counsel website.