Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct




The University of Maryland is committed to a working and learning environment free from sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence/abuse, sexual exploitation and sexual intimidation (including, but not limited to stalking and cyber-stalking). Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. It corrupts the integrity of the educational process and work environment, and violates the core mission and values of the University.

Creating an environment free of sexual misconduct is the responsibility of all members of the University community. The University is committed to fostering a campus climate that is free from sexual misconduct through education and prevention programs, and procedures that promote prompt reporting and the timely, fair and impartial investigation and resolution of sexual misconduct cases. If reported and confirmed, the University will take all appropriate steps to eliminate sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination.

In accordance with the requirements of Title IX, the University of Maryland is responsible for appointing a title IX coordinator.

University of Maryland Relevant Policies:

University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy
University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy—Spanish Version

Complaints against students will be reviewed in accordance with the University's Code of Student Conduct, see http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/V-100B.pdf

COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

Who to Contact. Complainants may report alleged sexual misconduct to a "Responsible University Employee," which includes any university administrator, supervisor, faculty member, coach or trainer. Complainants may also report alleged sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Obligations of "Responsible University Employee." A Responsible University Employee who receives a complaint of sexual misconduct shall promptly report such complaint to the Office of the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. No employee (other than law enforcement) is authorized to investigate or resolve complaints without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator
TitleIXCoordinator@umd.edu
1103 Reckord Armory
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
301.405.1142

RETALIATION

Acts of retaliation against faculty, staff and students who report or file a complaint of sexual misconduct or who assist or participate in the investigation of a harassment complaint are strictly prohibited.

Any individual or group that violates the policy will be subject to disciplinary or remedial action, which can include termination of employment or expulsion.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The University recognizes that sexual misconduct allegations are a sensitive subject for all parties involved. The University is committed to maintaining the privacy of the parties involved to the fullest extent possible under applicable law. There may be instances when the University determines it needs to investigate and take reasonable action even when the complainant requests anonymity or requests that no action be taken. Thus, absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. In such cases, the University will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the complainant's requests, and when it cannot do so, will keep the complainant informed, as deemed appropriate. In all cases, the University will take care to protect the identities of the parties by discussing the allegations only with those who have a legitimate administrative or legal reason to know.

If a person desires to keep the details of an incident of sexual misconduct confidential, he/she should speak with individuals who have professional or legal obligations to keep communications confidential. When seeking advice and support, persons who are concerned about confidentiality should discuss their concerns about confidentiality with the person with whom they are speaking. Unless there is an imminent threat to health or safety, confidentiality applies when persons seek services from the following persons:
  • A psychological counselor or other mental health professional, including counselors at the University Counseling Center (301-314-7651) and mental health professionals at the University Health Center. (301-314-8106)

  • A health care provider, including medical professionals at the University Health Center (301-314-8184 for appointments)

  • A victim's advocate at CARE to Stop Violence in the University Health Center (formerly the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program (SARPP) (301-314-2222) 24 hours Crisis Cell (301-741-3442)

  • A personal attorney, including an attorney in the University's Undergraduate Student Legal Aid Office (301-314-7756) or Graduate Student Legal Aid Office (301-405-5807)
SAFETY AND SUPPORT RESOURCES

The health and safety of all members of the campus community are the University's primary concern. The University makes the following services available:
Emergency Phones University Police Emergency Response Telephones (PERT), recognized by a blue light affixed to each station, are available throughout campus. By activating the phone, an individual will be automatically connected to a Campus Police Dispatcher who is immediately alerted to the location of the phone.

Walking Escorts/Student Police Auxiliary Foot Patrol (301-405-3333)

University Police provide a walking escort serviced 24 hours a day for anyone who feels unsafe while walking on campus. The escorts are conducted by either the Student Auxiliary Police Aide or by a University Police Officer.

University Department of Public Safety (301-405-3555) or Local Police in ANY location—911

Persons who experience sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to contact the University's police. If a person is not certain whether criminal conduct is involved, an officer can assist in determining whether a crime has occurred. If sexual misconduct occurred off campus, an officer can assist in contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency. A student can request and receive the assistance of campus police without making a criminal complaint. Campus police can also assist in accompanying the student to a hospital that can provide a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) to both ensure appropriate medical treatment and the timely collection of physical evidence in the event the person seeks to make a criminal complaint.

CARE to Stop Violence, University Health Center (formerly Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program (SARPP). Office (301-314-2222); 24 hours Crisis Cell (301-741-3442)

This service is a free and confidential resource to provide support, assistance and advocacy to any member of the University community impacted by sexual misconduct. Its mission is to respond to incidents of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. University Counseling Center (301-314-7651)

The University of Maryland Counseling Center provides comprehensive psychological and counseling services to meet the mental health and developmental needs of students and others in the campus community. Staffed by counseling and clinical psychologists, the Counseling Service offers a variety of services to help students, faculty, staff, and the community deal with issues concerning them.

Campus Chaplains (301-405-8450 or 301-314-9866)

University Health Center, Mental Health Services (301-314-8106)

University Health Center, Faculty Staff Assistance Program (301-314-8170 or 301-314-8099)

The FSAP is available to all full and part-time employees for assessment, referral and in many instances, short-term counseling services at no cost.

Student Legal Aid Office
Undergraduates (301-314-7756); Graduates (301-405-5807)

This office, located in South Campus Dining Hall provides free, confidential legal advice to any University student.

Office of Student Conduct, Division of Student Affairs (301-314-8204)

Office of Rights and Responsibilities, Department of Residential Life (301-314-7598)

Maryland Network against Domestic Violence 1-800-MD-HELPS

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System, Prince Georges Hospital Center (301-618-3154/24 hours) 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785

Persons who experience sexual assault can access a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) within 120 hours of an assault. Each Maryland county has a hospital that provides SAFE exams. A SAFE exam is available at Prince George's Hospital Center. To find a SAFE provider in other counties call 1-800-656-4653. SAFE exams and attention to medical needs are available without having to reveal a person's identity to the police.

EXTERNAL AGENCIES THAT ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Complaints of sexual misconduct may also be filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. To protect the legal rights and remedies available to a complainant, a complainant must comply with certain time limits and deadlines. Affected persons should contact the relevant agencies to verify the time limits. Failure to meet required deadlines may result in a loss of rights to seek a legal remedy.

Persons may also file complaints for violation of Title IX with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.