What you should know about UMBC’s Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct Policy and Procedures
Who and what does Title IX cover?
Title IX covers all individuals regardless of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. It includes informal and formal processes to address reports and complaints, resources and supports, and prohibitions against retaliation. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, discrimination based on pregnancy and gender expression, and sexual violence/misconduct. Learn more about Title IX here.
Want help finding UMBC’s policy and procedures?
Recent changes in Maryland and Federal law, as well as updates provided by the University System of Maryland have resulted in recent changes to UMBC’s policy. Visit this link to view the current policy, which will include updates as we have them:
Last year, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued proposed amendments of Title IX. We are waiting to hear about any changes to Title IX and will share updates with the UMBC community as soon as they are available.
It is important for the UMBC community to know that the University’s focus on strengthening our response protocols, prevention and awareness efforts, and student-centered support and resources will not diminish.
Need help and unsure of where to start?
We understand that some individuals may not be prepared or may not want to make a report to the University or to law enforcement. Making a report is a personal decision and the University understands that there are many influences, both individual and societal, to making a report.
Initially, you may just want more information or to talk to someone as you decide what you’d like to do moving forward. You can access information about confidential counseling and other on- and off-campus support and reporting resources here.
Need medical attention?
You can receive medical attention at any medical facility, including University Health Services; however, some hospitals have specially-trained staff to help survivors of sexual assault. Free, confidential Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE), performed by a trained nurse, can be obtained at the local hospitals listed below.
The nearest hospital to UMBC’s campus to obtain a SAFE:
**Saint Agnes does not have a standing SAFE program, so, while closest to UMBC, the process may be longer as the hospital will have to bring a SAFE Nurse in from another hospital in the area. Saint Agnes may also ask survivors to go to another hospital if no SAFE Nurse is available to travel to Saint Agnes.
The nearest hospital(s) to UMBC’s campus with SAFE Programs to obtain a SAFE:
The nearest hospital to Universities at Shady Grove campus to obtain a SAFE:
Completing a SAFE does not require you to file a police report or report to the institution, although we encourage these reports if you are comfortable doing so. If needed, transportation can be arranged through UMBC Police (available 24/7 at 410-455-5555; no charges need to be filed with the UMBC Police to access this service), the Residential Life office, University Health Services, or the Women’s Center. TurnAround, a local agency that provides support, counseling, and information to victims of sexual assault, can also assist individuals in preparing for a SAFE exam if they call the 24-hour Helpline (443-279-0379).
The SAFE should be performed within 120 hours/5 days of the sexual assault. If possible, do not bathe, douche, smoke, use the toilet, or clean the location where the incident occurred. Save items you were wearing, sheets, and/or towels in a paper bag. Learn more about the SAFE here.
Text messages, records of phone calls, emails, pictures, notes, and gifts can all be pertinent for a report under UMBC’s policy, if you choose to make a report. It is important to preserve evidence that may be useful in obtaining a protection order and/or in proceeding with UMBC’s administrative process or a criminal investigation, should you choose to do so.
Your immediate and long-term safety is what’s most important.
Want to make a report?
UMBC has a variety of welcoming and accessible ways for its community members to raise concerns and report instances of sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, and/or other related misconduct. Resources are listed here.