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October 29, 2013

Message to the University of Maryland Community:
University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy

The University of Maryland is committed to a learning and working environment free from sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence/abuse, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation and relationship violence for all faculty, staff and students. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. It corrupts the integrity of the educational process and work environment, and violates the core mission and values of the University.

I urge you to read the new University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy, which can be found at http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi120a.html. This policy supersedes and replaces the university's previous Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment policies. You may also find this letter and the policy in Spanish on the University's Sexual Misconduct website at http://www.umd.edu/Sexual_Misconduct.

The new policy defines prohibited sexual misconduct and consent, and provides specific information on how to report sexual misconduct for investigation and administrative response by the University, separate and apart from any report to the police for criminal prosecution. Individuals may report sexual misconduct to the Office of the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@umd.edu or 301.405.2839. Students may also contact the Office of Student Conduct (301.314.8204) or the Office of Rights and Responsibilities in the Department of Resident Life (301.314.7598).

Importantly, the policy designates all university administrators, supervisors, faculty, coaches and trainers who receive reports of sexual misconduct as a "Responsible University Employee," and requires them to promptly report such complaints to the Office of the Title IX Coordinator for investigation and resolution. The Title IX Office can also coordinate interim measures pending the outcome of an investigation, such as a change in on-campus housing, no contact directives, and appropriate academic accommodations for students, and temporary reassignment and no contact directives for faculty and staff.

The University encourages faculty, staff and students to report sexual misconduct for University administrative action. Retaliation against persons who make good faith complaints and those who participate in the University's investigatory and administrative disciplinary processes is prohibited, and subject to disciplinary action. Bystanders who seek to intervene to prevent sexual misconduct are also protected. Students under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs who report sexual misconduct may be granted amnesty in accordance with the University's Policy on Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergencies (http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/v100jnew.html).

Individuals found responsible for sexual misconduct in violation of this policy will be sanctioned by the University. Such sanctions are independent of any sentence resulting from a report of sexual misconduct to the police for possible criminal prosecution. Specific sanctions depend on the particular facts and circumstances but include disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion for students, and termination for faculty and staff, subject to applicable grievance rights and collective bargaining agreements.

Consensual relationships in which one party maintains a supervisory or evaluative responsibility over the other are discouraged. The policy sets forth a new reporting requirement for such relationships so that the University may take appropriate action to address potential conflicts of interest.

The University offers many on-campus resources to address sexual misconduct. On-campus counseling services are available through the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program (301.314.8170), the Counseling Center (301.314.7651) or Mental Health Services at the University Health Center (301.314.8106). Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence, located in the University Health Center, Room 2118D, offers confidential support, advocacy and assistance relating to sexual assault, domestic and/or dating violence, and stalking (301.314.2222 or care@health.umd.edu). CARE has a Crisis Cell telephone number (301.741.3442) that is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Creating an environment free of sexual misconduct is the responsibility of all members of the University community. If reported and confirmed by a preponderance of the evidence, the University will take all appropriate steps to eliminate sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. I ask for your support to help assure that the environment at the University of Maryland is free of sexual misconduct.

This note was authorized for distribution to University of Maryland Community by: Office of the President.