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Policies and Procedures
- Section VI - 1.30(A) UMB PROCEDURES ON SEXUAL ASSAULT
(Approved by the President, effective July, 1994; revised June, 1996; revised May, 2000; revised January, 2007; revised January 11, 2013.)
I. Purpose and Scope
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Sexual Assault Procedures are designed to comply with the requirements of the USM Board of Regents' Policy on Sexual Assault, VI-1.30, and State and Federal laws. These procedures apply to all UMB faculty, staff and students.
II. Educational Programs
The University Police offers Rape Aggression Defense Training (RAD) on techniques for the prevention of becoming a victim of an attack and for defense. The classes are held two days a week. For more information, see the University Police website.
III. Reporting of Sexual Assaults
- The University Police, located at the Pine Street Station, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alleged victims may access its Victim/Witness Assistance Program anytime of the day or night to report a sexual assault.
- The nearest facility equipped with the Maryland State Police sexual assault evidence collection kit is the University of Maryland Medical System Emergency Room.
- UMB recognizes that a student, faculty or staff member who has been sexually assaulted may choose to report the matter to an individual, either on or off-campus, with whom they are most comfortable. However, the campus encourages an alleged victim to report a sexual assault to the campus-based initial contacts as provided under VI-1.20(A) UMB Policy on Sex-Based Discrimination of Employees and VI-1.20(B) UMB Policy on Sex-Based Discrimination of Students:
(1) Equal Employment Opportunity Manager
(exempt and non-exempt staff and faculty);
(2) Employee/Labor Relations (exempt and non-exempt staff);
(3) School Dean’s Office (faculty)
Title IX Coordinator
- The initial contacts will encourage the alleged victim to contact appropriate law enforcement and/or medical personnel as soon as possible following the incident to receive guidance in the preservation of evidence needed for proof of criminal assaults and the apprehension and prosecution of assailants. Each initial contact will assist the alleged victim at their request with:
(a) notification of off-campus authorities;
(b) obtaining medical attention, including providing transportation;
(c) access to counseling both on and off campus;
(d) notification of the appropriate School or administrative unit in accordance to applicable campus procedures;
(e) notification of the appropriate authority regarding:
(1) possible absences from employment or the academic program; and/or
(2) to arrange an alternative academic, living or employment situation, if such alternative is available, feasible, and appropriate to the facts of the sexual assault reported.
- Sexual assaults may also be reported to the Baltimore City Police. Other off-campus organizations offering assistance to victims of sexual assaults are the Turn Around, Inc. and the House of Ruth.
IV. Campus Disciplinary Procedures
In addition to any criminal or civil remedies available, if the accused is a UMB student, faculty or staff member, the appropriate UMB policy and process will be initiated with regard to a sexual assault complaint. In general:
- Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during the applicable campus process.
- Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any campus proceeding brought which alleges a sexual assault.
- Students, faculty or staff found in violation of the sexual assault policy will be subject to remedial and disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, expulsion or termination of employment.
V. Mandatory Reporting
Alleged crimes must be reported according to federal and State laws, see: http://www.umaryland.edu/police/files/CLERY-INCIDENT-REPORT.pdf. Data collected for Clery Act reporting is to be used to increase public safety, not to identify the victim; therefore, personal identifying information is not required.
Keywords: Sex, Rape, Harassment, Assault, Violence, Discrimination, Complaint, Investigation, Equal Opportunity, Title IX
Appropriate Units for Indexing: AA, Administration, HR