Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Violence, and Gender-based Discrimination FAQs

Click on the following questions to get more information. If you have a question not listed here, please call or email the Executive Director, OED/Title IX Coordinator, Karen Rentz, at 850.474.2175 or

What is Title IX?

UWF's Title IX Policy covers sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and gender-based discrimination.  

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions.  It is one of several federal and state antidiscrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education.  The regulations implementing Title IX, published in 1975, prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender.  

Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Who is protected under Title IX?

All UWF students, faculty, and staff are protected under Title IX.

What is prohibited conduct under the University's Title IX Policy?

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact – Sexual Contact that occurs without effective consent.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse – Sexual Intercourse that occurs without effective consent.

Sexual Exploitation – Taking sexual advantage of another person without effective consent, which includes, but is not limited to, causing or attempting to cause the incapacitation of another person in order to gain a sexual advantage over such other person; causing the prostitution of another person; recording, photographing or transmitting identifiable images of sexual activity or intimate parts of another person without that person’s effective consent; allowing third parties to observe sexual acts without the effective consent of all participants; engaging in voyeurism; and/or knowingly or recklessly exposing another person to a significant risk of a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV.

Sexual Harassment – Unwelcome conduct, based on sex/gender, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive so that it alters the terms and conditions of an individual’s employment or limits a student’s equal access to educational programs or opportunities.  Sexual harassment may include, for example, unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and acts of sexual violence.

Gender-Based Discrimination – The unfavorable disparate treatment of any individual because of that person’s gender. This includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Dating/Domestic Violence - Any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, kidnapping/false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature as defined by Florida Law.

Stalking - Any behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyber-stalks another individual.

Who is responsible for Title IX issues at the University of West Florida?

The UWF Title IX Coordinator is Karen Rentz. She can be reached at 850.474.2175, or via email at

Others on campus who are responsible for Title IX concerns are as follows: