Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct

Questions? Need help? Email here or call:

Questions? Need help?
Email here or call: 301.405.1142

What We Do

The Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) administers the University of Maryland's non-discrimination policies and works to foster a learning and working environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct. (OCRSM is sometimes referred to as the Title IX Office.)

Addressing Discrimination & Harassment

OCRSM administers University policies and procedures prohibiting and addressing discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.

Coordinated, Comprehensive Title IX Response

OCRSM oversees the University's Title IX response, implementing policies and procedures to prevent and address sexual misconduct and other forms of sex discrimination, in compliance with the federal Title IX law. OCRSM works with multiple stakeholders such as the Office of Student Conduct, the Department of Public Safety, Intercollegiate Athletics, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Government Associations, and others, to coordinate and deliver an effective and robust Title IX response at UMD.

Complaint Response

OCRSM receives and responds to all complaints of discrimination, including sexual misconduct (which is a form of sex discrimination). Complaint response includes assessment, advice and referral, interim measures, and when appropriate, investigation. OCRSM is also responsible for tracking incidents and capturing data to help monitor our campus environment.

Prevention & Education

OCRSM develops and implements campus wide civil rights training, including mandatory sexual misconduct training for all new and incoming students. We also produce resource materials like FAQs, videos, student orientation materials, etc. and conduct in person presentations and trainings on civil rights issues, including Title IX.

Climate Survey

OCRSM in partnership with the School of Public Health administers the Student Environment & Experiences Survey (SEES) bi-annually. The SEES is a campus wide, student climate survey that the measures attitudes and beliefs about sexual misconduct at UMD and captures prevalence data.


OCRSM sponsors the University's campus wide sexual misconduct public awareness campaign, Our Rule of Thumb. For more information about the campaign, click here

Disability & Accessibility Online Training

The Disability and Accessibility at the University of Maryland online training program for faculty and supervisory staff members is part of the University's ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and accessible learning and working environment, and is designed to assist you in performing your specific responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the UMD Disability and Accessibility Policy and Procedures. Faculty and supervisory staff members are responsible for helping to facilitate reasonable accommodations for students and employees in a timely and effective manner. After completing this training, faculty and supervisory staff members will be able to identify and respond effectively to accommodation requests-including referring students and employees to the appropriate offices on campus-and utilize best practices and campus resources to help ensure an accessible and inclusive learning and working environment. Please visit our FAQs page for more information.

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Reporting Options

Prompt reporting is encouraged. Persons may report allegations of sexual misconduct at any time, and are encouraged to report promptly in order to maximize the University’s ability to obtain evidence, identify potential witnesses and conduct a thorough, prompt, and impartial investigation.

UMD Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)

Phone: 301-405-1142

UMD Resident Student Life – Office of Rights & Responsibilities

Phone: 301-314-7598

UMD Office of Student Conduct

Phone: 301-314-8204

Reporting Obligations

Reporting Obligations of Responsible University Employees

Federal law and UMD Policy requires that the Title IX Officer receive notice of all reports of sexual misconduct. This means that all disclosures of different types of sexual misconduct shared with a "Responsible University Employee," must be reported to the Title IX Office.

A responsible employee includes all University administrators, supervisors, faculty members, law enforcement, coaches, trainers, and resident assistants. It also includes individuals who are perceived as having the authority or duty to take action or to report sexual misconduct to the University. A Responsible University Employee who receives a report of sexual misconduct must promptly notify the Title IX Officer of the report.

The Title IX Officer will work collaboratively with the reporting entity, and operates with discretion to maintain the privacy of all persons involved.

Contact Us

Address: 3101 Susquehanna Hall, 4200 Lehigh Rd, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Tel: 301.405.1142
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On Campus

Raise Your Voice Raise Your Voice

Raise Your VoiceThe Raise Your Voice website provides one easy-to-navigate source of information about University resources, services, policies, and other necessary information regarding sexual assault prevention and sexual misconduct. You'll also find links to pertinent resources from other relevant University offices.

CARECARE to Stop Violence

CAREYour well-being and healing is our priority. CARE keeps information private and confidential. You can tell us as much or as little as you want to; you can even be anonymous.

  • UMD Health Center: 301.314.2222
  • CARE 24 hour Resource Line/Text: 301.741.3442

Counseling Center

If you are interested in speaking individually with a counselor or arranging for a safe and supportive facilitated discussion for your group, please call the Counseling Center.

Behavioral Health Services

There are times when students struggle and we can help if you are seeking support.

Faculty Staff Assistance
Program (FSAP)

Our goal is to provide professional and timely services to UMCP faculty and staff.

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