UMBC Resource Page for Sexual Misconduct and Other Related Misconduct
How to Get Help in the Event of an Emergency: Because Sexual Misconduct may constitute both a violation of this Policy and criminal activity, the University encourages all students, faculty, staff, and community members affected by Sexual Misconduct to seek Immediate Assistance from the University Police or a local law enforcement agency. University police may also be contacted directly, by using the Blue Light emergency phones, located throughout the UMBC campus along sidewalks and buildings. Additionally, individuals can call 410.455.3133 if they are in need of a University escort on campus.
Emergency Law Enforcement: Call 911
University Police (assistance provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week): 410.455.5555
Baltimore County Police Department: 410.887.0872
On-Campus Support and Resources for Students:
Confidential Support and Resources:
University Health Services: 410.455.2542
Counseling Center: 410.455.2472
Quasi-Confidential Support and Resources:
The Women’s Center provides resources, guidance, and support for any UMBC community members who have experienced sexual, gender-based, or intimate partner violence. The Director and Coordinator can be reached via email@example.com, 410.455.2714, or in the Women’s Center, located on the ground floor of The Commons next to the Yum Shoppe. Also, the Women’s Center co-hosts a survivor discussion group with the student organization We Believe You on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm in the Women’s Center.
UMBC strives to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment that facilitates educational, professional and social growth for its students, faculty and staff In honoring this commitment, the University has created a Title IX Resources Team. The Title IX Resources Team consists of a network of trained and diverse campus volunteers, who work collaboratively to provide information to individuals who have been subjected to conduct that is prohibited under the University’s Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy (“Policy”).
Speaking to a Title IX Resources Team member does not mean that an individual is required to file a complaint or access any additional resources. But it is an opportunity to learn about options, supports, and resources from a non-judgmental member, who will maintain an individual’s privacy to the fullest extent possible*. Further, there is no requirement to provide the Title IX Resources Team member with any identifying information, if an individual is not comfortable doing so. If you or someone you know has been subjected to conduct, prohibited by the Policy, including Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual or Gender Based Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Intimidation, or Stalking, you can contact one of the Title IX Resources Team members identified below. In case of an emergency call 911 or University Police at 410-455-5555.
Title IX Resources Team Contact Information:
Shawn M. Bediako 410-455-2349 firstname.lastname@example.org Math/Psych, Room 306
Cory Bosco 410-455-3319 email@example.com Commons, Room 2B14
Nicole Else-Quest 410-455-3704 firstname.lastname@example.org Math/Psych, Room 325
Jamie Gurganus 410-455-8439 email@example.com Engineering, Room E225J
Lisa Gray 410-455-8478 firstname.lastname@example.org Commons, Room 335
Tom Mandato 410-455-3083 email@example.com Retriever Activities Center, Rm 330
Tawny McManus 410-455-3856 firstname.lastname@example.org Math/Psychology, Room 227
Samantha Smith 410-455-3752 email@example.com Erickson Hall Room 040
*Quasi Confidential Support
Women’s Center: 410.455.2714 firstname.lastname@example.org
On-Campus Support and Resources for Faculty and Staff:
Employee Assistance Program (INOVA): 1.800.346.0110
- Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
6701 North Charles Street
Baltimore (Towson), MD 21204
SAFE Program: 443-849-3323
Emergency Room: 443-849-2226
- Mercy Hospital
301 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore (City), MD 21202
SAFE Program: 410-332-9499
Emergency Room: 410.332.9477
- Howard County General Hospital
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
Emergency Room and SAFE Program: 410-740-7778
You can receive medical attention at any medical facility; however, certain facilities have specially-trained staff to help survivors of sexual assault. Free, confidential Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE), performed by a trained nurse, can be obtained at the local hospitals listed below. Completing a SAFE does not require you to file a police report or report to the institution, although we encourage these reports if you are comfortable doing so. If needed, free transportation can be arranged through contacting the Title IX Coordinator at 410.455.1606 and for after-hours requests, with the UMBC Police (no charges need to be filed with the UMBC Police to access this service) by calling 410.455.5555.
The SAFE should be performed within 120 hours/5 days of the sexual assault. If possible, please do not bathe, douche, smoke, use the toilet, or clean the location where the incident occurred. Save items you were wearing, sheets, or towels in a paper bag. Text messages, records of phone calls, emails, pictures, notes, and gifts can all be pertinent for a report under the Policy, if you choose to make a report. It is important to preserve evidence that may be useful in obtaining a protection order and/or in proceeding with the University’s administrative process or a criminal investigation, should you choose to do so. Your immediate and long-term safety is what’s most important.
- Hopeworks (Columbia, MD): 410-997-0304 or 1-800-752-0191 (24-hr hotline)
- TurnAround, Inc. (Baltimore City and Towson, MD): 443-279-0379 (24-hr hotline)
- Baltimore County Domestic Violence Referral Program: 410-828-6390 (24-hr hotline)
- Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673 (24-hr hotline)
- Online chat hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (24-hr hotline)
- Online chat hotline: http://www.thehotline.org
- Family & Children’s Services (Catonsville, MD): 410-281-1334
Website Resources (Campus, Local, and National)
- UMBC Women’s Center
- Relationship Violence Awareness & Prevention (RVAP) at UMBC
- Turnaround, Inc, a local sexual assault and domestic violence center
- 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline
- House of Ruth, local domestic violence provider
- Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
- Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
- Assistance for Stalking Victims
- Maryland Abuser/Violence Intervention Programs
The contact information for the resources listed was confirmed at the time the Policy was amended, effective August 26, 2015. The contact information will be periodically updated, however, up to date contact information and additional resources can always be found at the University’s website.
Pregnancy and Parenting Students:
Pregnant students are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services if they are requesting academic support for their pregnancy as a temporary condition. Students must initiate the process, which includes submitting documentation from the student’s health care provider. Please contact SDS directly with questions about the process.
Click here for child-care resources.
Family-friendly restrooms have space for changing your infant or toddler. We want to make sure that parents, guardians and caregivers can locate them on campus
Family-friendly restrooms are located in the following buildings:
- AOK Library: 1st Floor, male and female restrooms
- ITE Building: 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor restrooms
- Meyerhoff Chemistry Building: 1st Floor, male and female restrooms
- Physics: 1st Floor, male and female restrooms
- Performing Arts and Humanities Building: 2nd floor gender-neutral restroom
- Public Policy: 1st Floor, male and female restrooms
- RAC: Main lobby, male and female restrooms
- The Commons: Ground Floor in both gender-neutral restrooms
Gender-neutral restrooms, or single-use restrooms, are available to people identifying as gender-variant and transgender, as well as all gender identities, who may be concerned about privacy and limiting attention with restroom use. These spaces also support families with children or a dependent adult of a different gender and/or persons with disabilities with an attendant of a different gender.
Gender-neutral restrooms are located in the following buildings:
- Performing Arts and Humanities Building: 2nd Floor
- The Commons: Ground Floor has 2 gender-neutral restrooms
- Biological Sciences Building, First Floor
- AOK Library, Gallery Restrooms: Two single-use restrooms at the back of the gallery.
- Erickson Hall within the Residential Life Offices Reception Area, Ground Floor
For a detailed map of the locations, please click here.
Multi-stall restrooms remain available to all who identify as the posted gender. Concerns about harassment and/or threats of physical violence, including situations when the targeted person identifies as gender-variant or transgender, may be brought it to the attention of event/site staff, the Office of Human Relations, and/or campus police.
Residential Life also has gender-neutral housing options. Click here for details.
Click here for contact information for the Office of Civil Rights.