Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

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GA opportunity supporting training efforts in our Office!

The Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) is searching for a full-time (20 hours a week) 12-month administrative Graduate Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year to support the Training Manager for Policy and Prevention (“Training Manager”) who is responsible for developing and ...

View Job Posting for the OCRSM Graduate Assistant

New Interim Title IX Policy

At the University of Maryland, we work to be a community that is free from sexual misconduct. Achieving this goal means we must educate and train, advocate and enforce.

Read President Pines’ Letter about the New Interim Title IX Policy

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

The Office of Civil Rights and 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 address sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct, in compliance with the federal Title IX law. OCRSM works with multiple stakeholders such as the Office of Student Conduct, the University of Maryland Police Department, Intercollegiate Athletics, Undergraduate and Graduate Student Government Associations, and others, to coordinate and deliver an effective and robust Title IX response at the University. All individuals involved in the Title IX process undergo various training throughout the year.

Training Materials for the OCRSM Staff, Title IX Officers, investigators, hearing officers, appellate officers, and those who facilitate Informal Resolutions.

Report Response

OCRSM receives and responds to all reports of discrimination and sexual misconduct. Generally, report response includes an initial assessment of the reported conduct, advice and referral, interim and supportive measures, options for resolution, including informally and, when appropriate, investigation and adjudication. OCRSM is also responsible for tracking incidents and capturing data to help monitor the campus environment.

Prevention & Education

OCRSM oversees, develops and implements campus wide civil rights training, including mandatory sexual misconduct training for all new students and new faculty and staff. OCRSM produces resource materials for the University consisting of FAQs, brochures, flowcharts of processes, videos, student and employee orientation materials, and conduct in-person/remote presentations and trainings on civil rights issues, including Title IX.

Contact the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct for more information about training options.

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 the University and captures prevalence data.

View the 2020 SEES flyer (pdf)

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. The training is designed to assist employees in performing their specific responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the University of Maryland 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, refer 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.