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The University of Maryland, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) was founded in March 2014 and was preceded by an independent assessment of the University’s response to sexual misconduct and recommendations made to President Loh by the Joint President/Senate Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures Task Force (Task Force) in August 2013.


Broadly, the mission is to support the University’s commitment to a working and learning environment free from sexual misconduct and discrimination. OCRSM is responsible for overseeing and implementing the University’s compliance with Title IX as well as other federal and state civil rights laws and regulations.


Coordinate UMD’s compliance with Title IX, including:

  • Grievance procedures for resolving Title IX (sexual misconduct and sex discrimination) complaints.
  • Monitoring outcomes, identifying and addressing any patterns, and assessing effects on the campus climate,
  • Collection and analysis of information from an annual climate survey,
  • Assess, respond and investigate complaints of sexual misconduct and discrimination,
  • Develop and conduct compliance, policy and prevention training for faculty, staff and students,
  • Promote a UMD specific sexual misconduct awareness campaign, and
  • Organize and facilitates campus wide awareness events.