Reporting Options

All members of the FSU community are encouraged to promptly report complaints, concerns, observations, knowledge, or suspicion of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.  

Reporting these occurrences allows the University to take prompt and effective action to identify and address threats to our community and to provide assistance to those who may need it.

Many University employees are obligated to report (share knowledge or suspicion of) these incidents with the University Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Coordinator for Students, with the exception of certain medical professionals and clergy acting within their professional capacities.  See the section below on Responsible Employees for more information.

Note that the University’s responsibility is to ensure the safety of all students and employees on campus.  Therefore, the University cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be maintained if such confidentiality would negatively impact the safety of others.  The University will take steps to keep information as private as possible, but cannot guarantee confidentiality.  Students seeking confidentiality may speak with medical professionals or clergy, acting within their professional capacities, as noted below.

The University prohibits and takes proactive steps to prevent retaliation, adverse action against an individual, because she or he has made an honestly believed report or participated in an investigation, proceeding or hearing regarding a report or complaint of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.

Law Enforcement

University Police

McCarthy Center, ground floor

Title IX Coordinators

University Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly Dexter
Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and ADA Compliance
Dwight Hall, suite 207

Title IX Coordinator for Students

Dr. Meg Nowak Borrego
Dean of Students
McCarthy Center, suite 504

Title IX Coordinator for Athletics  

Carey Eggen 
Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator

Athletic Center, Second Floor 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators 

David Baldwin
Associate Dean of Students
McCarthy Center, suite 504

Community Standards

The Office of Community Standards can provide information on filing formal complaints where there are alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code, including the Sexual Violence Policy.  Any member of the University community may bring forward a formal complaint against a student for such behaviors.

Jay Hurtubise
Director of Community Standards
McCarthy Center, room 518

Confidential Reporting

Professional medical staff and clergy in the following three offices are entitled to confidential privilege with their clients when acting within their professional capacities.  Under the Clery Act, staff may still need to make a report that an offense has occurred but may omit information which may identify the individual.  

Voices Against Violence - designated counselor

Hotline 800-593-1125 (on-campus meetings available)

Counseling Center


Health Center


Campus Ministry


FSU Tip Line

The FSU Tip Line is also available for confidential reporting, however the University will likely be severely limited in investigating and responding to anonymous reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.

To provide anonymous information to FSU Police, send a text message to 67283 containing the word “FSUTIP,” followed by a space, and then your message.

How It Works: Two-way communication. Users submit their tips via text message. Campus Police are immediately notified of the tip. University Police may respond to user with follow up questions or information anonymously. Users receive confirmation messages for all submitted tips. FSU Tip offers tipsters anonymity, allowing anyone to discretely provide timely, critical information without letting those in his/her vicinity in on the communication.

Responsible Employees

The University recognizes that one may feel most comfortable disclosing an incident to a University employee that one knows well, such as a resident advisor, coach or faculty member. Pursuant to Title IX, however, certain employees are required, under nearly all circumstances, to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. These employees, known as “Responsible Employees” or “REs” are those with supervisory responsibilities or the authority to address or remediate sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and retaliation, or whom a student might reasonably believe has such supervisory responsibility or authority. 

The Universities encourage victims to speak with an RE so that the incident can be investigated and properly resolved.  When one makes a report to an RE, one has the right - and should expect - the University to take the report seriously, to undertake a prompt, thorough and fair investigation, and to resolve the matter in accordance with the procedures in this Policy. 

The REs at the Universities include persons holding the following positions:

  • Members of the Boards of Trustees;
  • The President and Vice Presidents;
  • Assist./Assoc. Vice Presidents;
  • Title IX Coordinator/ Deputy Coordinators;
  • EO Officer;
  • Campus Police;
  • Institutional Security Officers;
  • Director and Assist./Assoc. Director of Human Resources;
  • Departmental Directors and Assist./Assoc. Directors (except medical providers and clergy who have been afforded professional confidential privilege);
  • Residence Life Staff (including RDs and RAs);
  • Athletic Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Athletics Administrators;
  • Studio Managers;
  • Lab Managers;
  • Deans and Assistant/Associate Deans
  • Academic Department Chairs;
  • Academic and Non-Academic Program Directors/ Coordinators;
  • Faculty/Staff Leading or Chaperoning Travel or Overnight Trips; and
  • Faculty/Staff Advisors to Student Organizations

We have provided on the following link a complete listing of the REs at the University.

Outside Agencies

At any time, individuals have the right to file charges of unlawful discrimination with the appropriate government agency with or without first utilizing the Title IX Complaint Procedures.  Such agencies include:

Office for Civil Rights
Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA  02109-3921
Phone: 617-289-0111
Fax: (617) 289-0150
Timeframe:  Must file within 180 calendar days of alleged incident.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Room. 475
Government Center
Boston, MA  02203-0506
TTY: 617-565-3204
Timeframe: Must file within 300 calendar days of alleged incident.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
One Ashburton Place, Room. 601
Boston, MA  02108
617-727-3990 (x588 for TTY)
Timeframe: Must file within 300 calendar days of alleged incident.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
436 Dwight Street
Second Floor, Room 220
Springfield, MA  01103
(413) 739-2145
Timeframe: Must file within 300 calendar days of alleged incident.