What is Sexual Misconduct?
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.
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)
UMD Resident Student Life – Office of Rights & Responsibilities
UMD Office of Student Conduct
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
CARE to Stop Violence
Your 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
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.
Behavioral Health Services
There are times when students struggle and we can help if you are seeking support.
Faculty Staff Assistance
Prince George's County
MCASA Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)
Maryland Coalition Against Domestic Violence