Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: For more information, please read the full text of the interim Policy and reference the noted page numbers.

1. There have been changes to the University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures. Why did these changes occur?

  1. On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education released new Title IX regulations that mandate how colleges and universities must respond, investigate, and adjudicate cases of sexual harassment under Title IX. The University crafted a new interim Policy and Procedures on Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct in response to, and to be compliant with, the Department of Education’s Title IX regulations implemented on August 14, 2020.
  2. As a result of these new regulations, the interim Policy includes requirements under Title IX while also addressing other types of sexual misconduct. This meets and extends beyond the new federal requirements while continuing to fulfill the University's values of fairness, equity, safety, and well-being.

2. Who is responsible for the University’s coordination and administration of Title IX and the Policy? (Page 5)

  1. The Title IX Coordinator/Officer leads, coordinates, and oversees the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM), including OCRSM’s efforts regarding compliance training, prevention programming, and educational programs.

3. What conduct is prohibited by Title IX? What conduct is covered by the University’s Policy? (Page 9)

  1. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX defines Sexual Harassment as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: Quid Pro Quo, Hostile Environment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking.
  2. The University’s Policy includes conduct under Title IX and also addresses conduct of Other Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation. This includes Sexual Harassment not within the confines of an Education program Activity, Sexual Coercion, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Intimidation, Attempted Sexual Assault, and Other Sex-Based Offenses.

4. To whom does the Policy apply? (Page 3)

  1. All University of Maryland students, employees (faculty and staff), volunteers, and visitors.

5. What Prohibited Conduct is included in Title IX? (Page 9)

  1. Quid Pro Quo: An employee (staff or faculty) conditioning the provision of aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual contact.
  2. Hostile Environment: Unwelcome conduct that is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive to deny a person equal access to the University’s Education Program or Activity.
  3. Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking.

6. What conduct is included in Other Sexual Misconduct? (Page 11)

  1. Sexual Harassment that occurred outside of the United States or not within an Education Program or Activity, Sexual Coercion, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Intimidation, Attempted Sexual Assault, and Other Sex-Based Offenses.

7. Does the Policy apply to online or electronic conduct? (Page 3)

  1. Yes, the Policy applies to online or electronic conduct.

8. If I speak with someone in OCRSM about possible discrimination and/or harassment, do I have to participate in an investigation? (Page 22)

  1. No. Speaking with someone, including the Title IX Coordinator/Officer or a Responsible University Employee, does not mean that you need to participate in an investigation. OCRSM will provide you with resources and reporting options to make the decision that is best for you.

9. Can I file criminal charges as well as report to OCRSM? (Page 5)

  1. Yes. The criminal process and the OCRSM reporting process are separate processes but can occur at the same time.

10. Will my report remain confidential? (Page 4)

  1. OCRSM is not a confidential reporting resource. Maintaining the privacy of the individuals involved is a priority, and OCRSM is committed to only sharing information on a need-to-know basis. If you are seeking confidential resources, you can speak to one of the confidential resources listed below.

11. Who can an individual contact if they want to discuss an incident of Prohibited Conduct in a confidential manner? (Page 12)

  1. Confidential resources may be able to assist individuals in navigating advocacy, therapy, counseling, and emotional support services. The following confidential resources on campus include:
    1. Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE)
      2. 301-314-2222 | 24/7 Crisis Line: 301-741-3442
    2. Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
      2. 301-314-8170 | 301-314-8099
    3. University Counseling Center
      2. 301-314-7651 | After Hours Crisis Support: 301-314-7651
    4. Behavioral Health Center
      2. 301-314-8106
    5. Campus Chaplains
      2. 301-405-8450 | 301-314-9866

12. What if I want to remain anonymous or not share certain details about the incident? (Page 25)

  1. Your request for anonymity will be considered by the Title IX Officer. Anonymity or withholding certain information may hinder the ability to effectively resolve your report and provide you with Supportive Measures.

13. What Supportive Measures are available to Parties after a report of Prohibited Conduct? (Page 23)

  1. OCRSM, in consultation with other appropriate University officials, considers Parties’ wishes with respect to planning and implementing any of the following Supportive Measures including, but not limited to:
    1. Academic Accommodations
    2. Housing Accommodations
    3. Employment Accommodations
    4. Care and Support
    5. Community Education
    6. Safety
    7. University Referrals
    8. Other

14. What is a Responsible University Employee (RUE)? (Page 4)

  1. The University requires that RUEs (any university administrator, supervisor, faculty member, campus police, coach, trainer, resident assistant, or non-confidential first responder) must promptly notify the Title IX Officer of any report of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct brought to their attention.