The Office of Public Safety works closely with the Office of Student Life to promote awareness about rape and sexual assault. Victims of sexual assault are urged to report the incident to the Office of Student Life or the Office of Public Safety as soon as possible, even if the offence took place off-campus and whether or not the offender is known to the victim. The Office of Student Life and the Office of Public Safety will work closely with the victim to ensure medical care and counseling is made available, and will assist the victim in notifying off-campus law enforcement if desired. Victims of sexual assaults are not required to file criminal charges.

The Office of Student Life can present the victim of sexual assault with a full range of options and services available so the victim can choose the most appropriate course of action. Options available to a student victim include on and off-campus counseling services, relocation of on-campus living arrangments and changes in one's academic class schedule, if the victim wishes and such changes are reasonably available.

Sex Offender Registry Access
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, or is enrolled as a student. The Florida Legislature has passed legislation making several changes to the state's sexual predator and sex offender laws to make them conform to the Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act. State and Federal legislation require local law enforcement agencies to notify institutions of higher education when a sex offender registers as being employed by or enrolled as a student in that institution.

The web site address for sexual predators registered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender

All notifications of sexual predators or sex offenders employed by or enrolled as a student at Ringling College of Art and Design provided by state and/or local law enforcement officials will be retained in the Office of Public Safety and will be made available for viewing on request. The Director of Public Safety will notify the proper college administrators (President, Vice Presidents, Director of Human Resources and Dean of Students) when any such notification is received. For more information please contact Rick Tubbs, Director of Public Safety.

Phone Numbers

Emergency: 359-7500
Non-emergency: 309-4121
Director's Office: 351-4742

Email: rtubbs@ringling.edu