Dear Campus Community,
Welcome to the University of Maryland, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct website. This website is intended to be a resource for anyone seeking information about the University’s response to Title IX (sex discrimination) and any other form of discrimination.
The mission of OCRSM is to create and maintain a working and learning environment free from sexual misconduct and discrimination. To promote awareness about our University’s commitment to ending sexual misconduct on our campus, we have adopted a University specific campaign called Rule of Thumb.
Some people believe the etymology of the colloquialism “rule of thumb” comes from an 1868 criminal case where the court ruled a man could beat his wife with a switch no wider than his thumb. The perceived etymology of the phrase, rightly or wrongly, resonated with us because it provides an opportunity for discussion and education about our history of state sanctioned violence against women. Our collective history informs attitudes and beliefs towards women today. The campaign also captures a simple way of illustrating good and bad behavior, (thumbs up or thumbs down), by describing good and bad responses to potential sexual misconduct.
I invite you to take our UMD Rule of Thumb pledge.
Our "Rule of Thumb" at Maryland is a personal commitment to help keep everyone safe from sexual violence, domestic violence, harassment, assault and rape. It is a promise to be a part of the solution, and not to be a bystander to the problem.
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Your well-being and healing is our priority. CARE keeps information private and confidential. You can tell us as much or as little as you want to; you can even be anonymous.
If you are interested in speaking individually with a counselor or arranging for a safe and supportive facilitated discussion for your group, please call the Counseling Center.
Mental Health Center
There are times when students struggle and we can help if you are seeking support.
Faculty Staff Assistance
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center
Prompt reporting is encouraged. Persons may report allegations of sexual misconduct at any time, and are encouraged to report promptly in order to maximize the University’s ability to obtain evidence, identify potential witnesses and conduct a thorough, prompt, and impartial investigation.
UMD Office of Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence (Title IX Office)
UMD Resident Student Life – Office of Rights & Responsibilities
UMD Office of Student Conduct
Federal law and UMD Policy requires that the Title IX Officer receive notice of all reports of sexual misconduct. This means that all disclosures of different types of sexual misconduct shared with a "Responsible University Employee," must be reported to the Title IX Office.
A responsible employee includes all University administrators, supervisors, faculty members, law enforcement, coaches, trainers, and resident assistants. It also includes individuals who are perceived as having the authority or duty to take action or to report sexual misconduct to the University. A Responsible University Employee who receives a report of sexual misconduct must promptly notify the Title IX Officer of the report.
The Title IX Officer will work collaboratively with the reporting entity, and operates with discretion to maintain the privacy of all persons involved.
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