Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • 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. 
  • 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.
     
  • The University Policy goes above what is required by the new federal regulations. The Policy is broader in scope and addresses all types of sexual misconduct, including the more narrowly defined Title IX sexual harassment and covers misconduct occurring off-campus. By creating an inclusive umbrella policy, the University maintains compliance with federal Title IX regulations while ensuring and continuing all areas of alleged sexual misconduct are addressed. The University utilizes one procedure for resolving cases of Prohibited Conduct for students, staff, and faculty. 

 

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. 

  • 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. 
  • 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.
     

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking.
     

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.

Yes, the Policy applies to online or electronic conduct. 

Yes. Title IX regulations narrowly define conduct to mostly on campus conduct. However, the University continues to address off campus Prohibited Conduct under the new interim Policy including reported Prohibited Conduct outside of the United States.

 

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.

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

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.

  • Confidential resources may be able to assist individuals in navigating advocacy, therapy, counseling, and emotional support services.  The following confidential resources on campus include:
  • For a list of additional confidential resources that can be found Off-Campus, please visit Page 14 of the Policy.

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. 

  • 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:
    • Academic Accommodations
    • Housing Accommodations
    • Employment Accommodations
    • Care and Support
    • Community Education
    • Safety
    • University Referrals
    • Other

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.

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