Originator: Title IX Coordinator
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all persons who participate in University programs and activities, perform work, and provide services can learn and work together in an atmosphere free from Sexual Misconduct, a form of sex discrimination. UMUC provides training, education, prevention programs, and policies and procedures that promote prompt reporting, prohibit retaliation, and promote timely, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of Sexual Misconduct cases.
Sexual Misconduct is a type of Sex discrimination that is prohibited by state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Such behavior may also constitute as criminal activity. In accordance with the University System of Maryland VI–1.60 Policy on Sexual Misconduct, UMUC prohibits and has zero-tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in any form, including, sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and sexual intimidation. Once UMUC receives notice of potential Sexual Misconduct, UMUC will take immediate and appropriate action to eliminate it, prevent its recurrence, and address its discriminatory effects. All other forms of sex based discrimination shall be administered under UMUC Policy 040.30 — Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the UMUC’s Title IX Team or the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Scope of Policy
All UMUC Community members are subject to this Policy regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. To the extent that the applicable state and federal laws apply, this Policy applies to all UMUC locations, including overseas, and all UMUC students, faculty, staff, and applicants for employment, as well as third parties and contractors under UMUC control (UMUC Community).
UMUC will take immediate and appropriate action if Sexual Misconduct is committed against a member of the UMUC Community:
- in any UMUC institution facility or on any UMUC institution property;
- in connection with any UMUC sponsored, recognized or approved program, visit or activity, regardless of location:
- this includes UMUC sponsored online activities, such as online classrooms;
- that impedes equal access to any UMUC education program or activity or adversely impacts the employment of a member of the UMUC Community; or
- that otherwise threatens the health or safety of a member of the UMUC Community.
This Policy supersedes any conflicting policy and procedures contained in UMUC Policy 040.30— Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Sexual Harassment and UMUC Policy 151.00 — Code of Student Conduct with respect to Sexual Misconduct matters.
Nothing in this Policy is intended to supersede or conflict with any federal compliance obligations. As UMUC strives to prevent and redress sex discrimination, it will continue to respect academic freedom and the free speech rights of students, faculty, employees, and other speakers. This Policy is not intended to restrict the exercise of any expressive activities or speech protected under the U.S. Constitution, specifically, classroom discourse or materials pertaining to sex or gender-based, course-related content.
Options for Immediate Assistance
UMUC strongly encourages victims of Sexual Misconduct or third parties, including UMUC students, faculty, and staff, to promptly report the alleged misconduct to UMUC’s Title IX Coordinator, a member of the Title IX Team, a Responsible Employee, UMUC’s Confidential Employee, UMUC Security, or local law enforcement.
Victims are also strongly encouraged to obtain immediate medical assistance following an act of Sexual Misconduct and contact law enforcement. This type of assistance can be critical for the preservation of evidence needed as proof of alleged criminal offenses, obtaining no-contact or protective orders, and the apprehension and prosecution of assailants. Individuals may contact the Title IX Coordinator or another member of the Title IX Team, or UMUC’s Confidential Employee for additional information about how to obtain such medical or law enforcement assistance (See Section V. ‐ Reporting and Confidentiality).
See Appendix A for local law enforcement contacts for UMUC Stateside and Worldwide locations.