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Title IX


Confidentiality and Privacy

The university is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct. In any report under this policy, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the allegation.

The privacy of the parties will be respected and safeguarded at all times. All university employees who are involved in the university’s Title IX response, including hearing panel members, receive specific training and guidance about safeguarding private information.

Confidentiality and Privacy have distinct meanings under this policy.


Confidentiality means that personally identifying information (names or information that directly or indirectly identifies the individuals involved in the incident) shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without express permission of the individual, unless there are circumstances posing an imminent risk of harm to self or others. Community members wishing to seek completely confidential assistance may do so by speaking with professionals who are mandated by law to protect the confidentiality of a disclosure. On campus, these professionals include the counselors at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the medical staff at Holzer Student Health Center, and Religious Advisers.

When a report involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18, all employees, including these confidential resources are required by state law to notify local law enforcement.


Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. The use of this information is limited to those university employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.


Any other university employee who is not designated as a confidential resource is required to share a report of sexual misconduct with the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinator. This team, led by the Title IX coordinator, will conduct an initial assessment of the conduct, the complainant’s desired course of action, and the necessity for any interim remedies or accommodations to protect the safety of the complainant or the community. The goal is to eliminate any hostile environment.

The university will seek action consistent with the complainant’s request where possible. Where a complainant makes a report but requests that a name or other identifiable information not be shared with the respondent or that no formal action be taken, the university will balance this request with its dual obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all Florida Institute of Technology community members and to remain true to principles of fundamental fairness that require notice and an opportunity to respond before action is taken against a respondent.

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators (Not Confidential)

Title IX Coordinator

Fanak Baarmand
Title IX Coordinator

Miller Building Room 137
150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne FL, 32901

Deputy Title IX Coordinators 

Rodney Bowers
Dean of Students

Gregory Connell 
Associate Dean of Students and

Director of Residence Life

Jennifer Mercurio
Associate Athletic Director of Student Athlete Services


Confidential Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 

Holzer Student Health Center 
Campus Chaplain-Catholic  
Campus Chaplain-Protestant