Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct
Questions? Need help? Email here or call:
Questions? Need help?
Email here or call: 301.405.1142
Posted August 29, 2016

Catherine A. Carroll

Message from Title IX Officer, Catherine Carroll

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Welcome Back!

The Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) is a relatively new office on campus, located at 4113 Susquehanna Hall, and oversees the University’s response to Title IX and other civil rights laws. OCRSM responds to all complaints of sexual misconduct and civil rights violations.

OCRSM also promotes our UMD specific Rule of Thumb campaign– to raise awareness about sexual misconduct. Join the campaign, and take the Pledge!

Posted May 20, 2016

UMD Rule of Thumb Campaign

Our Rule of Thumb campaign choice was intentional and chosen with the knowledge that many people believe that the etymology of the phrase Rule of Thumb, comes from the 1868 criminal case out of North Carolina - where the court ruled a man could beat his wife with a switch, no wider than his thumb. Research has shown that the etymology of the phrase is not linked to this case - making it a widely held, yet false belief.

Being mindful of this, we chose to adopt this phrase and use it as an opportunity to educate our campus community about our collective history of state sanctioned violence against women (see the 1868 case above). The image of a thumb up or down, is also a simple way to illustrate positive or favorable messages next to negative or poor messages that communicate ways to prevent sexual assault.

Posted April 6, 2016

A Brief Video Review for Students

Take just 8 minutes to review some important information about sexual misconduct, how you can help prevent it here at the University of Maryland, and the resources available to you on campus for reporting and getting the support you need. Click here to watch.

Rule of Thumb Pledge

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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

Online Training