Reporting Abuse of a Minor on College Property or During Any College Sponsored Activity or Event

Under Florida Law, all persons have a legal obligation to report suspected instances of child abuse, neglect or abandonment, regardless of whether an alleged perpetrator is the child's parent, legal custodian, caregiver or other person responsible for the child's welfare. Get more information on reporting obligations at the Florida Abuse Hotline (1-800-962-2873) or online via the website Florida Department of Children and Families website.

In addition, Florida college administrators are obligated to timely report, under penalty of law, any knowledge or reasonable suspicion that an abuse, neglect or abandonment of a minor has occurred on college property or during a college sponsored activity, event or function.  All students and employees who have knowledge of, or have reasonable cause to suspect, the abuse, neglect or abandonment of a minor on campus must report such knowledge or suspicion to Campus Security (727-791-2560) and to the Campus Provost, and as may be appropriate, to the Florida Abuse Hotline.  Remember, if there is an emergency, first dial 911 for emergency assistance, and then Campus Security.  Failure to properly report may result in substantial institutional sanctions and employee discipline.

For more information regarding the definitions of abuse and neglect, sanctions for non-compliance, and reporting obligations of college employees, please see the Board of Trustees' College Procedure at Reporting Abuse of a Minor.