Rights for Students and Employees Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Read about your rights as a person accused of sexual misconduct at UMGC.

University of Maryland Global Campus's Sexual Misconduct Policy is available online in full. All reports of sexual misconduct are taken seriously. Anyone who has been accused of sexual misconduct has certain rights outlined below.

Notice of Rights and Resources for Respondents Accused of Sexual Misconduct

You have the right to a prompt and equitable investigation.

The preliminary measures, investigation, and adjudicatory process, not including the appeal, are expected to take place within 60 calendar days from the time the report is brought to UMGC's attention. As part of the investigation process, you will have the right to present evidence, documents, names of witnesses, and any other information to the investigator.

You have the right to seek counseling services.

UMGC's Confidential Employee is available to you. The Confidential Employee can provide support and direct you to counseling services.

Contact Confidential Employee

Blair Hayes

E-mail: ombudsman@umgc.edu

Phone: 800-888-8682, ext. 17910


Please note UMUC's Confidential Employee is designated to discuss incidents of sexual misconduct in confidence, unless there appears to be an imminent risk of serious harm or where maintaining that confidentiality would result in the violation of a legal requirement.

You will not be found responsible for engaging in sexual misconduct unless it is determined so based upon a preponderance of the evidence.

A determination of responsibility will be made through the UMUC investigative and adjudicative process based upon a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not that the sexual misconduct occurred). UMUC may determine, prior to the completion of an investigation, a need to take immediate action, and may proceed to implement interim measures. The interim measures may include, but are not limited to: you being placed on interim suspension/administrative leave; having a class/housing/work assignment changed; or you being issued a stay-away order prohibiting you from contacting the complainant. The imposition of the interim measures does not mean that you have been found responsible for engaging in sexual misconduct. These measures are taken as a means to ensure the well-being and safety of all parties and the university community during the investigative and adjudicative process.

You have the right to have your name and all information related to the alleged offense kept as confidential as reasonably possible.

When a report of sexual misconduct is received, the university only discloses information about the incident to individuals who are responsible for handling the university's response to the incident. During an investigation, all reasonable efforts are made to protect your privacy and confidentiality. Absolute confidentiality may not be maintained in all circumstances, especially when the university needs to act to protect the safety of others.

You have the right to have an advisor of your choice provide support and assistance to you throughout the university's investigation process.

You may choose someone to serve as your advisor to assist you as you go through the internal university investigation process. UMUC is able to limit the role that your advisor is able to play during the investigation process. However, your advisor can provide assistance such as: providing emotional support; helping you understand the investigation process; helping you prepare for interviews; and attending interviews with you. Your advisor is not able to speak for you during interviews. You and/or your advisor should speak with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss any concerns regarding the role of the advisor during the process.

You have the right to receive information about the status of the internal university investigation.

The Title IX Coordinator will provide you with updates regarding the status of the investigative and adjudicative process. You will also receive written notification regarding the outcome of the investigation, any sanctions/disciplinary action imposed, and any appeal rights that may be available to you.

It is important to know that UMUC's internal investigation is not a legal proceeding. It is an investigation to determine if our Sexual Misconduct Policy has been violated. UMUC has an obligation to proceed with our internal investigation regardless of whether a criminal investigation/proceeding may be occurring related to the same incident. 

You have the right to be free from retaliation and must not engage in any retaliation against another individual.

Retaliation by a member of the UMUC community against an individual who makes a complaint of sexual misconduct, participates in an investigation of a complaint, supports a complaint, or testifies concerning a complaint is expressly prohibited by this policy. Any UMUC faculty, staff, or student who encounters retaliation is strongly encouraged to immediately report such conduct to the Title IX Team. Any employee who is found to have retaliated is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. A student who is found to have retaliated is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

You may contact the University's Title IX Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns regarding the process or the information provided on this page.

Contact Title IX Coordinator

Steven Alfred

E-mail: titleixcoordinator@umgc.edu

Office: 800-888-8682, ext. 17930

Cell: 301-887-7295


UMGC Headquarters

3501 University Blvd, East

Office of Diversity and Equity , 2316

Adelphi, MD 20783

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Contact Overseas Title IX Investigator

Patricia Jameson

Director, Overseas Diversity and Equity Programs

E-mail (UMUC Europe): titleixinvestigator-europe@umgc.edu

E-mail (UMUC Asia): titleixinvestigator-asia@umgc.edu

CIV: +49 (0)631-53480368, ext. 42032

Contact Security

E-mail: security@umgc.edu

Phone: 240-684-2911


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Administration Building

Adelphi, MD 20783

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