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Safety and Wellbeing

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TIPS

TIPS for the University helps students make sound choices when faced with difficult decisions about alcohol use. Working together and with administration, students address drinking behaviors specific to the university and develop intervention techniques appropriate to their campuses. TIPS for the University provides students with the knowledge and confidence necessary to reduce high-risk drinking behavior among their peers. please complete the workshop request form from Wellness and Health Promotion Services to be connected with these training opportunities.

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WHPS Workshops

WHPS offers many wellness workshops on topics related to Nutrition, Body Image, Sexual Wellness and Stress Management. We are more than happy to visit residence halls and club meetings to provide interactive workshops on these topics.

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Victim Services

If you have been harmed or impacted directly or indirectly by dating violence, domestic violence, threats, harassment, sexual violence, stalking or any other type of crime, violence or abuse, contact a victim advocate who can inform you of all your rights and options. Call the confidential 24/7 Advocacy and Support hotline at 407-823-1200.

Respect

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Mentors in Violence Prevention

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Model is a nationally recognized education program that focuses on gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention. We encourage young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. MVP facilitates conversation and skill sets to the University of Central Florida community to address and prevent various forms of violence by using bystander intervention.

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Safe Zone

Safe Zone: UCF Safe Zone (formerly known as Allies) is a program created by therapists at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) designed in partnership with LGBTQ Services and the Office of Diversity Initiatives for UCF students, staff and faculty members interested in showing visual support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or Questioning (GLBTQ) persons at the university. Members of the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and people wanting to learn more about LGBTQ+ issues are encouraged to attend our UCF Safe Zone trainings. The goal of these training sessions is to promote a safe and welcoming environment across the UCF campus for people who may identify as LGBTQ+.

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

UCF is a community of students, faculty, and staff that seeks to respect each person and create an inclusive campus, recognizing that diversity enriches our learning and professional experiences. Read more about the #RespectUCF movement and events around campus where you can “Be Yourself” at www.diversity.ucf.edu. To take the Commit to Respect Pledge, visit www.RespectUCF.com.

Sexual Violence

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It's On Us

It's On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault.

It's On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.

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UCF Shield

Together, we can work toward eliminating sexual misconduct in the UCF community. We’ve provided this comprehensive source for information about identifying, preventing, and responding to sexual misconduct including sexual assault and sexual harassment affecting members of the UCF community. We are committed to providing a safe educational, working, and living environment.

Mental Health

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Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), guided by certified trainers, is a program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent suicide. The program goal is to train faculty, staff, students, administrators, parents, and community members in how to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress to campus and community resources. Please visit our site for more information on how to schedule a QPR training, learn more about suicide prevention and test your knowledge with a fun quiz.

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Bounce Back!

Depression is a growing concern on college campuses. About 17 percent of students will experience some form of depression during their time in college. The Bounce Back campaign from UCF Cares offers students tips and resources for managing mild to moderate depression. These tools have been proven to lessen the symptoms of depression and are easy to adopt and self-manage, thereby providing a resource that students can use even if they are not comfortable seeking professional help.