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Title IX Syllabus Language

Approved by the UMBC Faculty Senate, May 19, 2019

The following Title IX syllabus language was put forward by the Faculty of the Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies (GWST) and subcommittee members of the UMBC Retriever Courage Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee and approved by the Senate on May 19, 2019.

Two versions are provided below – one for courses in which students are routinely invited to share their personal experiences as part of the course content, and another with language for those courses where students are not routinely sharing life experiences as part of the course.

In both cases, the language is student-centered and informs students of both the instructor’s role as a Responsible Employee and directs them to available campus resources. The goal in providing two sets of Title IX syllabus language is to provide options to faculty so that they may select the language that is most fitting for their course structure, content, and individual teaching philosophy and practice.


 

Option 1: Classes Where Student Experiences Are Routinely Shared

Any student who has experienced sexual harassment or assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking is encouraged to seek support and resources. There are a number of resources available to you, which are listed below.

With that said, as an instructor, I am considered a Responsible EmployeeUMBC’s Interim Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct. This means that while I am here to listen and support you, and I want you to be able to share information related to your life experiences through discussion and written work, I am required to report disclosures of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, and/or gender-based harassment to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The purpose of these requirements is for the University to inform you of options, supports, and resources.

You can utilize support and resources even if you do not want to take any further action. You will not be forced to file a police report, but please be aware, depending on the nature of the offense, the University may take action.

If you need to speak with someone in confidence about an incident, UMBC has the following Confidential Resources available to support you:

Other on-campus supports and resources:

Child Abuse and Neglect

Please note that Maryland law requires that I report all disclosures or suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Service and/or the police.

 


 

Option 2: Classes Where Student Experiences Are Not Routinely Shared

Any student who has experienced sexual harassment or assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking is encouraged to seek support and resources. There are a number of resources available to you.

With that said, as an instructor, I am considered a Responsible EmployeeUMBC’s Interim Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct. This means that while I am here to listen and support you, I am required to report disclosures of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, and/or gender-based harassment to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The purpose of these requirements is for the University to inform you of options, supports, and resources.

You can utilize support and resources even if you do not want to take any further action. You will not be forced to file a police report, but please be aware, depending on the nature of the offense, the University may take action.

If you need to speak with someone in confidence about an incident, UMBC has the following Confidential Resources available to support you:

Other on-campus supports and resources:

Child Abuse and Neglect

Please note that Maryland law requires that I report all disclosures or suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Service and/or the police.