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Help and Support

The University encourages those who have experienced Sexual Misconduct to seek support as needed at any time.

The following are many of the resources available on campus and in the community that offer confidential medical support, confidential psychological/emotional support and interim protective measures (e.g., no-contact orders, housing options, academic concerns).

While some support options are confidential as noted below, others have a responsibility to report incidents to the University as responsible employees. For emergency situations contact campus police via 410-455-5555 or local police via 911.

  • Interim Title IX Coordinator, Ariana Arnold,, 410-455-2735
  • Counseling Center (Confidential) provides free and confidential counseling and crisis intervention to student survivors of sexual and relationship violence. Services are available to survivors at all stages of recovery, from initial crisis intervention to healing, through a variety of modalities. The Center can be reached at (410) 455-2472 and has instructions for contacting the counselor-on-call after hours. The Center is located in the Student Development and Success Center, across Center Road from Erickson Field.
  • The Women’s Center (Quasi-Confidential) 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, 410.455.2714, or in the Women’s Center, located on the ground floor of The Commons next to the Yum Shoppe.  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.
  • University Health Services (Confidential); Provides medical exams, including sexually transmitted infection screening, pregnancy testing. Please contact Bruce Herman at 410-455-2542)
  • GBMC’s SAFE exam program serves our campus locally.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 410.455.2735 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.
  • Turnaround, Inc. Local confidential rape crisis and sexual violence recovery center with three locations in Baltimore County and City; Services include 24-hour hotline 443-279-0379; trauma therapy, victim advocacy, community education and outreach, and an Abuser Intervention Program.
  • HopeWorks Local confidential rape crisis and sexual violence recovery center in Howard County; Services include 24-hour hotline 1-800-752-0191; provides support for survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic and dating violence and their family members.
  • 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline provides information, community resources, and referrals on variety of health and human service issues. It can help you access: food, shelters and emergency housing, transitional housing, medical care, utility assistance, tax help job training, eviction prevention services, family services and counseling, day care, prescription assistance, suicide prevention and crisis center services, and more.
  • Campus Police: 410-455-5555; 24 hour police services, acts as liaison with local agencies (e.g. court system, medical facilities, criminal investigations), handles safety escort requests, supports SAFE exam transport from campus, hosts annual campus safety walk. Campus members who have a sought and obtained a protective or restraining order against their assailant are encouraged to inform campus police about the order to assist with campus-based support.
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Presidential Designee for disclosures of Child Abuse by a caregiver: 410-455-8041.
  • Residential Life