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Recommendations on Sexual Violence/Misconduct Prevention and Response

The following three reports include assessments of UMBC’s current practices, policies, and resources, and recommendations based on effective practices on our campus, evidence-based research, and best practices at other universities. These reports were compiled, respectively, by three groups:

Next steps

This summer, the Retriever Courage Implementation Team will review and compile the recommendations in all three reports in preparation for a discussion about priorities with the University Steering Committee (USC) this fall. The Implementation Team and USC will then seek feedback and revisions from all Retriever Courage partners and the university community, after which prioritized action steps will be recommended to the University Council of Vice Presidents and Deans, who will review and sign off on proposed actions, which will then be submitted to the President for final approval.

Retriever Courage partners will also continue to work with members of the UMBC community this summer to implement projects that began in September and plan for the coming academic year. Many projects directly responding to UMBC community input have been completed or are underway, including the addition of three new staff members to the Counseling Center this summer. Additional examples include ongoing campus lighting improvements, new campus ID cards, Retriever Courage displays with brochures, in-person Title IX/sexual misconduct prevention and response training completed by over 2000 community members with more to come, and pilot training for 200 students.

Report process

These reports, part of the collaborative Retriever Courage process, are grounded in shared governance and input from the UMBC community. Retriever Courage involves dozens of partners across the university, including groups that are advisory to the University Steering Committee (USC). The consultants, Shipper and Scricca, were selected in January after a formal competitive procurement process by committees of students, faculty, and staff.

Shipper and Scricca’s report is based on nearly 50 interviews with Retriever Courage partners and additional groups of students, faculty, and staff recommended by partners and the consultants, including survivors of sexual violence/misconduct; information gathering sessions open to the UMBC community; feedback through an anonymous Google form; and a review of current university processes, policies, procedures, and practices regarding sexual violence/misconduct prevention and response. The Student and Faculty/Staff Advisory Committees developed their recommendations based on meetings with constituents and subcommittee research into the history of UMBC’s policies and practices and ways that other institutions have addressed sexual violence/misconduct.

Thanks to our community!

Thanks to the consultant team, the Student Advisory Committee, and the Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee for these reports as we continue to address together how to improve community safety and wellbeing at UMBC.

Thanks to the thousands of faculty, staff, and students who have participated in the internal and external reviews and recent training sessions. Thank you for your commitment to making UMBC a safer, more caring living, learning, and working environment for all, including engagement with Retriever Courage, and for the input and suggestions you are sharing to inform this work. We will continue to provide updates on progress and ways to stay engaged.