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Complaint Procedure

UMBC Interim Discrimination Complaint Procedure

1) Introduction

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has developed the following procedure to provide prompt and equitable resolution of discrimination complaints. Use of this procedure does not affect other complainant rights and remedies that may be available under federal and state statutes prohibiting discrimination.

2) Procedure

Any faculty, staff or student claiming to have been discriminated against by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County may use this procedure. All discrimination complaints will be promptly investigated by the Office of Human Relations.

Complaints should be addressed to:

Bobbie L. Hoye,
Human Relations Officer
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
9th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
(410) 455-1606

Complaints must be filed, in writing, within one hundred eighty (180) days after the complainant became aware of the alleged discrimination. Complaints must contain the following information:

(a) Name, address and telephone number of the person filing the complaint.

(b) A brief description of the illegal discrimination, including the location and date of the illegal discrimination.

If the complaint has not been informally resolved within thirty (30) days of receipt of the complaint, the Human Relations Officer, or designee, will conduct a formal investigation of the discrimination complaint. A formal investigation may also commence upon the complainant’s request or the University’s discretion.

The Human Relations Officer, or designee, shall issue a written report of the results of the investigation. The report will provide a determination of the merits of the complaint as they may relate to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (revised 1992), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For matters pertaining to the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, please see UMBC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. In addition, and if applicable, the report will provide options for substantive resolution of the complaint and recommendations for corrective measures. The Human Relations Officer’s, or designee’s, written report should be submitted to the Provost within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days of the receipt of the complaint.

The Provost shall make a decision based on the record and shall notify the complainant, in writing, of the decision and the basis for the decision, within twenty (20) days of receipt of the Human Relations Officer’s, or designee’s report.

3) Appeal

If the complainant is not satisfied with the Provost’s decision, the complainant may file a written appeal to the President within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the Provost’s decision. The written appeal must include a detailed statement of the basis of the appeal. The President shall notify the complainant of the final decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of the appeal.

If the complainant is a faculty member, and the President’s decision affects the appointment, rank, or tenure of the complainant, the complainant can appeal the decision of the President to the Faculty Grievance Committee under the procedures set forth in the UMBC Policy on Appointment, Rank, and Tenure of Faculty.


Amended Effective Date: July 21, 2017.