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Community Outreach and Crime Prevention

 

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: updoutreach@fgcu.edu 

Please click the link to schedule a program:

Schedule a program

UPD is reinstating educational programming for campus organizations. All programming will follow recommendations from university officials and will utilize social distancing and masks. All programs requested must adhere to university guidelines in order for the police department to participate. Most programming will be scheduled via video conferencing. In-person programming will be limited. Please check out a list of our programming and how we will be conducting educational programs.


 

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.

 


  • Programs

  • Services

  • Campus Alerts

  •  Police Services

Resources and Tips

  • Crime Prevention Classes

  • Silent Witness Program

  • Hazing

  • Preventing Theft

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 resource.” 
  • ARISE: Assault & Rape Information, Support, and Education https://www.fgcu.edu/wellness/arise/

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

Victim Support Resources (On & Off Campus):

On Campus

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 lstrunk@fgcu.edu.

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.

STUDENT HEALTH INFORMATION

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.

CAPS INFORMATION

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 dhoover@fgcu.edu.

STUDENT CARE SERVICES INFORMATION

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.

STUDENT CONDUCT INFORMATION

File a Student Code of Conduct complaint:  FILE REPORT

Director of Equity, Ethics, Complaince and Title IX Coordinator - Precious Gunter, 239-745-4366, pgunter@fgcu.edu

TITLE IX INFORMATION

Contact the Title IX Coordinator if you:

  1. Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct;
  2. Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a University investigation;
  3. Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
  4. Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
  5. Have questions about FGCU’s policies and procedures.

File a Title IX complaint: FILE REPORT

Off Campus

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)

Safety Tips


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.

Office/Work Environments

  • 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.

 

Encountering Wildlife

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.

  • Alligators

  • Snakes

Environmental Concerns

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.

  • Wildfires

  • Lightning

  • Hurricanes

  • Extreme Heat/Cold

Cyber Crime

7 Practices for Computer Security

  1. Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
  2. Know who you're dealing with.
  3. Use security software that updates automatically.
  4. Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
  5. Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
  6. Back up important files.
  7. Learn what to do in an emergency.
  • Quick Facts

Disruptive Individuals

  • Who is a disruptive individual?

  • Actions to take

  • Tactics & what to avoid