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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.