The University of Maryland Global Campus (“UMGC”) is committed to creating and maintaining an educational and working environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment.
In accordance with that commitment, federal law, Maryland law, and University System of Maryland policies, UMGC programs, activities and facilities will be available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Retaliation against anyone who reports discrimination, participates or assists in an investigation, or opposes a discriminatory act, practice, or policy is prohibited by this policy. Retaliation will not be tolerated, and retaliatory acts may be subjected to disciplinary action. UMGC has created this Policy and accompanying Adjudicative Procedures to eliminate discrimination and harassment in employment and education programs.
Fair Practices, a unit in the Office of Diversity and Equity, is designated to manage reports of discrimination. Fair Practices will receive reports of discrimination, conduct necessary investigations, report findings, and make recommendations.
UMGC Policy 041.00 - Sexual Misconduct sets forth UMGC’s commitment to preventing the occurrence of Sexual Misconduct in UMGC’s programs and activities.
The reporting process provides a mechanism through which UMGC may identify, respond to, prevent, and eliminate incidents of discrimination and/or harassment. It may be used by any person who believes they have been the subject of discrimination in connection with UMGC’s program and activities. If a claim of discrimination or harassment involves a non-UMGC third party such as a visitor, contractor, or vendor, UMGC will coordinate as necessary to ensure that an appropriate investigation is conducted and that discriminatory or harassing behaviors are addressed.
Due Process Rights of the Parties
The University provides fundamental fairness and due process to the parties as indicated in the UMGC P-VI-1.00 Adjudicative and Investigative Procedures. This includes the right to notice, a fair Investigation, a chance to present relevant evidence, and to file an appeal.
Sanctions may be imposed upon students, staff, or faculty found to have violated the Policy. See Adjudicative and Investigative Procedures, Section VI. Sanctions.
A party may appeal an FP/EO’s finding regarding a violation of the Policy. See Adjudicative and Investigative Procedures, Section V. Appeals.
UMGC will, to the best of its ability, protect the confidentiality of complaints brought under this Policy except where law or a lawfully issued subpoena provides otherwise.
Retaliation by UMGC faculty, staff, students, or contractors against an individual who makes a complaint of discrimination or harassment, participates in an investigation of a complaint, supports a complaint, or testifies concerning a complaint is expressly prohibited by this Policy. Any UMGC faculty, staff, or student who encounters retaliation should immediately report such conduct to the Fair Practices and Equal Opportunity Officer.