In direct response to feedback we received, we are making structural changes by transitioning the functions of the Human Relations/Title IX Office to the newly created Office of Equity and Inclusion which will report to the Chief of Staff in the President’s Office. The Office of Equity and Inclusion will be responsible for promoting and coordinating the university's core values of inclusive excellence, equity, and diversity and will have primary responsibility for UMBC’s efforts under Title IX, including the University’s response to reports of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence.
Further, in response to recent changes in the University System of Maryland’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct, as required pursuant to current Maryland law (House Bill 913), the University has made a series of updates to the Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct Policy. Key changes include:
- A definition of Sexual Coercion added as a prohibited act of sexual violence;
- Student’s rights to retain an attorney, paid for by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC); and
- Identification of the nearest hospital(s) to campus to obtain a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE).
The Office of Equity and Inclusion will be sharing additional updates and developments in the coming weeks. Please reach out to the Retriever Courage Implementation Team if you have questions or concerns.
President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous