Disclosures of Sexual Misconduct and Child Abuse or Neglect
As an instructor, I am considered a Responsible Employee, per UMBC’s Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct (located at http://humanrelations.umbc.edu/sexual-misconduct/umbc-resource-page-for-sexual-misconduct-and-other-related-misconduct/). While my goal is for you to be able to share information related to your life experiences through discussion and written work, I want to be transparent that as a Responsible Employee I am required to report disclosures of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, and/or gender-based harassment to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
As an instructor, I also have a mandatory obligation to report disclosures of or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect (www.usmh.usmd.edu/regents/bylaws/SectionVI/VI150.pdf).
The purpose of these reporting requirements is for the University to inform you of options, supports and resources; you will not be forced to file a report with the police. Further, you are able to receive supports and resources, even if you choose to not want any action taken. Please note that in certain situations, based on the nature of the disclosure, the University may need to take action.
If you need to speak with someone in confidence about an incident, UMBC has the following Confidential Resources available to support you:
The Counseling Center: 410-455-2472
University Health Services: 410-455-2542
(After-hours counseling and care available by calling campus police at 410-455-5555)
Other on-campus supports and resources:
The Women’s Center, 410-455-2714
Title IX Coordinator, 410-455-1606
Additional on and off campus supports and resources can be found at: http://humanrelations.umbc.edu/sexual-misconduct/gender-equitytitle-ix/.