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Student Right to Know:
Victim's Rights

State of Florida Guidelines for Fair Treatment of Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System

Victims of crimes, including the next of kin of homicide victims, have the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding, to the extent that this right does not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

What rights are victims entitled to?

  • Information concerning available crisis intervention services, supportive or bereavement counseling, and community-based victim compensation.
  • Information about the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, the stages in the criminal justice process which are of significance to a crime victim, and the manner in which such information can be obtained.
  • Information concerning available protection from intimidation for victims and witnesses.
  • Advance notification of judicial and post-judicial proceedings which relate to the arrest or release of the accused, the arraignment, trial, sentencing, or appeal of the accused, provided that you give the State Attorney's Office your name and current address.
  • In felony crimes, consultation by the State Attorney's Office to obtain the views of the victim or victim's family about the release of the accused, plea negotiations, participation in intervention programs, and the sentencing of the accused.
  • Return of the victim's property collected by law enforcement or the State Attorney's Office for evidentiary purposes.
  • Assistance from law enforcement or the State Attorney's Office, when requested by victims, to inform the victim's employer about necessary absences from work and to inform the victim's creditors about serious financial hardship incurred as a result of the crime.
  • May request restitution from the offender for certain out-of-pocket losses.
  • May submit a Victim Impact Statement orally, or in writing, to the judge prior to the sentencing of an offender who pleads guilty or nolo contend ere, or who is convicted of a felony crime.
  • Information concerning the escape of the offender from a state correctional institution, county jail, juvenile detention facility, or involuntary commitment facility.

SEE FLORIDA STATUTES, SECTION 960.001.

 

CF's Commitment to Victim's Rights

  • To prohibit direct examination and questioning of the victim by the offender/offenders in community college proceedings.
  • To prohibit the victim's past sexual history from being admitted as testimony in college proceedings.
  • To allow the victim to submit to the Hearing Body a Victim Impact Statement, which includes a statement of an appropriate penalty if the offender is found in violation of the College of Central Florida Code of Student Conduct.
  • To authorize the Vice President for Student Affairs to issue an immediate Administrative Restraining Order forbidding the offender from all contact with the victim.
  • To authorize the Vice President for Student Affairs to establish an immediate reassignment of classes for the offender when both the offender and victim attend the same classes.
  • To provide on-campus counseling services to victims of sexual assault.
  • To adhere to dates of hearings/proceedings decided upon, in order to prevent further stress being inflicted upon the victim because of uncertainty.
  • The accuser and the accused [in regard to sex crimes] are entitled to the same opportunity to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding.
  • Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offens
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