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Updates

Additional updates will be posted as available, and we will continue to share updates via email, myUMBC, and the UMBC homepage.

August 2019:
May 2019:
  • Ongoing: Retriever Courage partners continue to reach out to the community to hear their concerns and recommendations. Meetings in May included the SGA, University Steering Committee, Healthy Relationships Advocates, and Campus Life staff.
  • May 20, 21: UMBC faculty and staff attended mandatory in-person Title IX/sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training. To date, over 3,000 UMBC community members have attended mandatory training.
  • May 7:  UMBC shared three reports with recommendations on the prevention of and response to sexual violence/misconduct at UMBC. These reports were compiled, respectively, by three groups: external consultants Jody Shipper, J.D., and Cherie Scricca, Ed.D., of Grand River Solutions, Inc.; the Retriever Courage Student Advisory Committee; and the Retriever Courage Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee. The three reports include assessments of UMBC’s current practices, policies, and resources, as well as recommendations based on effective practices on our campus, evidence-based research, and best practices at other universities.
April 2019:
  • April 30: The Counseling Center announced that new staff members will join the Center this summer: Dr. Kevin Tabb, psychologist (July 8); Dr. Ginger Armas, psychologist and Counseling Center sexual assault services coordinator (Aug. 19); and Dr. Alayna Berkowitz, assistant director of outreach and mental health promotion (July 8). In addition, Sam Chan will be starting in a permanent position as a case manager-referrals coordinator (May 20). Dr. Soonhee Lee, who was previously interim assistant director, was promoted this week to assistant director, training director of the Counseling Center.
  • April 9: Facilities Management continues to repair and update lighting in areas of concern. See the most recent updates.
  • April 2: UMBC announced that new campus ID cards with emergency contact information will be available for pick-up beginning in April.
  • April 1-30: About 200 students participated in an in-person pilot training project that will help determine a plan for mandatory training for all students.
March 2019:
  • March 21:  Two resource stands were installed in The Commons with brochures for on- and off-campus information (new location: ground floor by stairs on Yum Shoppe side and in the lobby across from the information desk). They include UMBC’s on-campus resources brochure and materials from the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault Legal Institute, Turnaround, and RAINN. The stands are a pilot project by UMBC activist/advocacy student group, We Believe You. Members will keep track of brochure quantities to determine how the stands are being used during the spring semester before making recommendations to Retriever Courage partners about expanding the project. The Retriever Courage Implementation Team is also working with partners to find additional ways to post resources and information across campus.
  • March 1: Consultants Jody Shipper, J.D., and Cherie Scricca, Ed.D. of Grand River Solutions, Inc. met with Retriever Courage partners, as well as with campus groups that they and Retriever Courage partners have identified, and held an information gathering session for the UMBC community.
February 2019
  • February 21, 22, 28: Consultants Jody Shipper, J.D., and Cherie Scricca, Ed.D. of Grand River Solutions, Inc. returned to campus on February 21, 22, and 28, and March 1, for meetings with Retriever Courage partners, as well as with campus groups that they and Retriever Courage partners have identified. A second information gathering session for the UMBC community was held on March 1.
  • February 7:  Consultants Jody Shipper, J.D., and Cherie Scricca, Ed.D. of Grand River Solutions, Inc. were on campus for the first time to hold initial meetings with the Implementation Team and Title IX staff. They returned to UMBC on February 21, 22, and 28, and March 1, for meetings with Retriever Courage partners, as well as with campus groups that they and Retriever Courage partners have identified. In order to give the UMBC community the opportunity to share input, Shipper and Scricca held information gathering sessions on February 7 and March 1. An anonymous Google form was available through March 15 for those who could not attend the sessions or who were not comfortable sharing in public.
January 2019
December 2018
  • President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, and Retriever Courage partners continue to reach out to the community to hear their concerns and recommendations. Meetings during December included the Counseling Center, Department of Theatre, and University Health Services.
  • December 6: UMBC administrators and other campus leaders attended mandatory in-person Title IX/sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training. Each in-person educational/training session was provided by Gina Smith and Leslie Gomez of Cozen O’Connor, Bobbie Hoye, associate general counsel/Title IX coordinator, and Jess Myers, director of the UMBC Women’s Center.
November 2018
  • President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, and other leaders continued to reach out to the community to hear concerns and recommendations. Meetings during November included the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems.
  • The Student Advisory Committee was created to provide a voice for and share feedback from their constituents.
  • November 21: Facilities Management continues to repair and update lighting in areas of concern. See the most recent updates.
  • November 15: UMBC announced that mandatory Title IX training for all students, faculty, and staff will begin rolling out on December 6, starting with the UMBC administration and other university community leaders. The training will cover Title IX processes and accompanying ways in which community members can support and appropriately care for each other. Based on the recommendations from the UMBC community, and consistent with recent changes in Maryland State law, all employees will now undergo in-person training on sexual misconduct prevention and response. All faculty and staff will also be required to complete a complementary online training module. In response to the recommendations made by students, campus leaders and consultants will also be working with the student advisory committee to develop comprehensive mandatory training for all UMBC students on sexual misconduct awareness and prevention, to supplement the training they receive during orientation and other campus programs. The UMBC community will receive updates as the plan for the training of students is developed and implemented.
  • November 2: Retriever Courage website is launched along with a myUMBC Retriever Courage group.
  • November 1: UMBC faculty, staff, and students receive an email update about Retriever Courage initiative, including processes and structures for moving forward with work related to sexual violence/misconduct prevention and response.
October 2018
  • President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, and other leaders continued to reach out to the community to hear concerns and recommendations. Meetings during October included UMBC’s Student Government Association, Graduate Student Association, Professional Staff Senate, University Steering Committee, Resident Student Association, Academic Affairs directors, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, College of Engineering and Information Technology, and student paraprofessionals.
  • The Faculty Staff Advisory Committee was created to provide a voice for, bring forward the concerns of, and share feedback from their constituents.
  • UMBC developed a scope of work for an outside expert or firm to review all aspects of the university’s sexual misconduct prevention and response policies and practices, and training and awareness programs, to help determine where we can learn from other institutions’ best practices and evidence-based research. The scope is broad, to cover all processes in response to sexual misconduct; models for training students, faculty, and staff; and best practices for providing support to students. A Request for Proposals was issued on October 16 to more than a dozen firms with broad expertise identified from recommendations by many campus sources. Procurement process teams, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, will guide the selection process. See the Partners page for team information.
  • UMBC announced that mandatory Title IX and sexual misconduct training and education will be required of all faculty, staff, and students, to expand on training efforts already underway. Additional resources have been allocated for face-to-face training to complement online education, and the university is working with student, faculty, and staff partners to ensure that the training focuses not only on Title IX, but also more broadly on how community members can support and appropriately care for each other. This process will begin with face-to-face training for student, faculty, and staff leaders, rolling out in December 2018 and continuing into spring 2019. In addition to the face-to-face training, all faculty and staff will receive online training in fall 2018.
  • Student leaders led a two-hour tour through UMBC’s main campus with President Hrabowski, other university leaders, and representatives from Facilities Management and UMBC Police, identifying areas for lighting improvements. The Facilities Management team and police have repaired over 50 fixtures in areas of concern to students. Facilities Management will also add lighting around the Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB), and from the PAHB to the main campus entrance circle, with construction due to begin in January 2019 and completion expected by June 2019.
  • UMBC announced it will issue new campus ID cards that include emergency contact information for quick access by students, faculty, and staff. We anticipate the new cards will be available in the spring.
  • UMBC Police and the Division of Information Technology began to develop a safety feature on myUMBC that will allow students, faculty, and staff to quickly access emergency contacts. In early 2019, the page will include a form to alert Facilities Management about campus lighting or building security problems.
  • A new student Resources for Care Guide was posted in residence halls. Additional posters, signs, and other information resources will be developed for all areas of campus.
September 2018
  • President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, and other campus leaders began meetings with student groups, academic colleges and programs, departments and offices to share updates and listen to feedback. These meetings are ongoing.
  • September 24: UMBC’s accountability team (the initial implementation team appointed by President Hrabowski) met for the first time to assess and build upon UMBC’s sexual assault prevention and response policies and practices. The group was initially developed to engage with student partners; faculty, staff, and student shared governance organizations; and other community members to review comments and recommendations received through the September 20 listening session and other outreach; to engage external expertise to evaluate current policies, practices, and resources; and to keep the UMBC community updated on progress. More information and updates on the Retriever Courage structure are available on the Partners page.
  • September 20: The UMBC community gathered for a listening session co-organized by UMBC leadership, the Student Government Association (SGA), Graduate Student Association (GSA), We Believe You, Resident Student Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Collin Sullivan ‘19, information systems, president of the Student Government Association, and Kim Spadafora ‘20, mathematics, vice president of We Believe You, served as moderators.
  • September 17: A group of student activists and survivors held a demonstration and delivered a list of demands to President Hrabowski and the UMBC administration.
  • September 16: Following the filing of a civil suit related to allegations of sexual assault, President Hrabowski and others met with students to hear their requests and recommendations on community safety and wellbeing.