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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is Title IX?

A. It is a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination against students and staff of educational institutions. Title IX is a part of the Education Amendments enacted in 1972.


Q. Do I have to file a report?

A. No, you do not have to file a report.  You can obtain services and support from the College through the College Counseling Center. You may also receive services from Palm Beach County Victim Services without filing a police report.


Q. How do I file a report?

A. You may submit your report online:  https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/pantherwatch/incident-report.aspx

You may file a police report to the municipality where the incident occurred, or you can contact the College’s Title IX office, Campus Security or Palm Beach County Victim Services for assistance in filing a police report.


Q. What if I don’t know who did this?

A. You can file a report and or requests services without knowing the name of the respondent.


Q. Will my report be confidential?

A. Only those at the College that need to know will have access to the report.  The accused (or respondent) has the right to know who made a complaint as part of the College's fair and equitable process.


Q. What happens if he/she retaliates against me for reporting?

A. Palm Beach State College policy states that “Retaliation against individuals who have filed a charge or participated in an investigation or opposed any unlawful practice is prohibited and will subject the person who retaliates to disciplinary action…”


Q. Who will I have to talk to?

A. You will have to speak to the person investigating your complaint as well as the Dean of Students and/or the Title IX Coordinator.

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