Policy and Procedures

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.

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UMBC’s Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct Policy 

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.

For more information:
Office of Equity and Civil Rights
Administration Building, 9th Floor
Phone: 410-455-1717 or Email: ecr@umbc.edu

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.

For emergencies or if you or a friend are in immediate danger, please call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555 or call 911.

Need medical attention?

You can receive medical attention at any medical facility, including Retriever Integrated Health; 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 Hospital (approx. 3.6 miles)
900 South Caton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
24/7 Emergency Department 667-234-6000

**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:

Mercy Medical Center (9.4 miles)
345 St Paul Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Forensic Nurse Examiner Program 410-332-9494

Howard County General Hospital (approx. 16 miles)
5755 Cedar Lane Hospital
Columbia MD, 21044
Emergency Room and SAFE Program: 410-740-7778

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) (approx. 20 miles)
6701 N. Charles Street
Towson, MD 21204
24/7 Emergency Department: 443-849-2225

The nearest hospital to Universities at Shady Grove campus to obtain a SAFE:

Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center (approx. 1 mile)
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Forensic Medical Unit: 240-826-6000

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. 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.