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Questions? Need help?
Email here or call: 301.405.1142
What is Sexual Misconduct?

What is Sexual Misconduct?

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Sexual misconduct definitions below are simplified for increased understanding. For the specific policy definitions of prohibited conduct, refer to University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedures.

Retaliation Refers to action that is taken against an individual because they reported discrimination or sexual misconduct, filed a complaint of discrimination or sexual misconduct, or participated in an investigation or proceeding concerning a discrimination or sexual misconduct complaint. Retaliation in any form is prohibited.

Stalking A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

Sexual intimidation Threats to sexually assault, indecent exposure.

Relationship violence Abusive or coercive behavior within a dating or intimate relationship intended to control the other party - may be threats of violence, threatening behavior, etc.

Sexual exploitation Taking advantage of someone sexually - electronically recording or taking photos of a person without their consent of intimate body parts, etc.

Sexual harassment Harassing behavior of a sexual nature that either 1) creates a hostile work environment, or 2) presents a “this for that” abuse of power dynamic of a sexual nature.

Sexual assault II Unwanted touching of intimate body parts.

Sexual assault I Also referred to as rape, meaning penetration however slight of the vagina, anus or mouth.

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 Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

Phone: 301-405-1142
Email: titleixcoordinator@umd.edu

UMD Resident Student Life – Office of Rights & Responsibilities

Phone: 301-314-7598

UMD Office of Student Conduct

Phone: 301-314-8204

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 at titleixcoordinator@umd.edu.

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.

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logo for Raise Your Voice.The Raise Your Voice website provides one easy-to-navigate source of information about University resources, services, policies, and other necessary information regarding sexual assault prevention and sexual misconduct. You'll also find links to pertinent resources from other relevant University offices.

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  • UMD Health Center: 301.314.2222
  • CARE 24 hour Resource Line/Text: 301.741.3442

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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.

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