Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct
Questions? Need help? Email here or call:
Questions? Need help?
Email here or call: 301.405.1142
Posted September 8, 2015

A helpful video about the use of primary pronouns, rather than preferred.

Catherine A. Carroll

Posted August 26, 2015

Message from Title IX Officer, Catherine Carroll

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Welcome Back! And welcome to those of you new to campus. I wanted to take a moment to tell you about our office, and how we may serve you.

The Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) is the place where students, staff, and faculty should go if you have a concern about any type of discrimination and/or would like to file a complaint. This means that in addition to addressing any issues related to sexual misconduct (as defined under our policy), OCRSM also handles protected status discrimination complaints.

In addition to covering a wider range of discrimination based issues – we are also responsible for conducting a UMD specific, campus wide campaign to raise awareness about issues of gender-based violence. This academic year, we have focused our Rule of Thumb campaign, on student bystander intervention, through a program called Step Up. The messaging is “Do You Know How to Stop Sexual Assault?” The goal of the campaign is to actively engage the broader campus community as effective bystanders in order to prevent bad things from occurring.

Rule of Thumb Pledge

For more information about Step Up!check out our video. To get more involved, contact Campus Advocates Response and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence at

I also 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, intimate partner abuse, harassment, assault and rape. It is a promise to be a part of the solution.

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On Campus

CARECARE to Stop Violence

CAREYour 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.

UMD Health Center: 301.314.2222

CARE 24 hour Resource Line/Text: 301.741.3442




Counseling Center

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
Program (FSAP)

Our goal is to provide professional and timely services to UMCP faculty and staff.


Tom Ruggieri



Joan Bellsey



Off Campus



Reporting Options

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



Reporting Obligations

Reporting Obligations of Responsible University Employees

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.

Online Reporting

Calendar of Events

Click on the calendar icon to the right to view community events. If you have a related event to add, please send a request here.

Online Student Training

New UMD Students were sent an email message on September 1 with instructions for completing the mandatory online Undergraduate Student Sexual Misconduct Training. If you are a new student and you have not received your assignment message, please check your SPAM/junk mail folder, as well as any other email addresses you may have provided to the University.

You may also log in to the training program here, using the following information:

  • Username: Your 9-digit UID #
  • Password: Your Last Name

The deadline to complete the training is October 2, 2015.

Click here for Technical Support and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the online training.

If you have any other training questions, please email us at

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