Originator: Title IX Coordinator
University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) 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. UMGC 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, UMGC 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 UMGC receives notice of potential Sexual Misconduct, UMGC 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 UMGC Policy 040.30 — Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the UMGC’s Title IX Team or the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Scope of Policy
All UMGC 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 UMGC locations, including overseas, and all UMGC students, faculty, staff, and applicants for employment, as well as third parties and contractors under UMGC control (UMGC Community).
UMGC will take immediate and appropriate action if Sexual Misconduct is committed against a member of the UMGC Community:
- in any UMGC institution facility or on any UMGC institution property;
- in connection with any UMGC sponsored, recognized or approved program, visit or activity, regardless of location:
- this includes UMGC sponsored online activities, such as online classrooms;
- that impedes equal access to any UMGC education program or activity or adversely impacts the employment of a member of the UMGC Community; or
- that otherwise threatens the health or safety of a member of the UMGC Community.
This Policy supersedes any conflicting policy and procedures contained in UMGC Policy 040.30— Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Sexual Harassment and UMGC 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 UMGC 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
UMGC strongly encourages victims of Sexual Misconduct or third parties, including UMGC students, faculty, and staff, to promptly report the alleged misconduct to UMGC’s Title IX Coordinator, a member of the Title IX Team, a Responsible Employee, UMGC’s Confidential Employee, UMGC 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 UMGC’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 UMGC Stateside and Worldwide locations.