Rights and Responsibilities
University Policies
Incidents of Discrimination

The University's Office of Diversity Education and Compliance also will help you if you feel you have been treated unfairly. The University of Maryland's Human Relations Code prohibits discrimination within the University community on the basis of:

  • race
  • personal appearance
  • color
  • national origin
  • age
  • political affiliation
  • creed
  • sexual orientation
  • marital status
  • mental or physical disability
  • gender
  • gender identity and expression
  • the exercise of rights secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities as required by federal (Title VI, Title IX, Section 504) and state laws and regulations. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or related legal requirements should be directed to:

Campus Compliance Officer
Office of Diversity Education and Compliance
2411 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: (301) 405-2838

Inquiries concerning the application of Section 504 and part 34 of the C.F.R. to the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, may be directed to:

Director, Disability Support Services
0106 Shoemaker Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: (301) 314-7682 or (301) 314-7683 (TTY)

Misconduct Related to University-Sponsored Events

The University of Maryland strictly prohibits misconduct related to University-sponsored activities including, but not limited to, post-athletic event celebrations, whether these University-sponsored activities occur on or off campus. Misconduct that endangers others, damages property, or disrupts the community including, rioting, theft, vandalism, setting fires, and breach of the peace, are violations of Section 9(d) of the University Code of Student Conduct. Students who violate the Residence Hall Rules in a manner that is addressed by Section 9(d) will face presumptive dismissal from the University.

Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault

Sexual harassment by University faculty, staff, and students is prohibited. Sexual harassment is defined as: (1) unwelcome sexual advances; (2) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; and (3) other behavior of a sexual nature where:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or participation in a University-sponsored educational program or activity; or
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decision affecting that individual; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment.

If you feel you have been subjected to any form of sexual harassment, a report of the incident should be made to the University Legal Office, 2101 Main Administration Building, (301) 405-4945, or to any University official or faculty member who will report it to the Legal Office.

The University also recognizes two levels of sexual assault:
Sexual Assault I:
By stranger or acquaintance, r0ape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual penetration, however slight, of another person's anal or genital opening with any object. These acts must be committed either by force, threat, intimidation or through the use of the victim's mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware.

Sexual Assault II:
By stranger or acquaintance, the touch of an unwilling person's intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast, or buttocks, or clothing covering them) or forcing an unwilling person to touch another s intimate parts. These acts must be committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through the use of the victim's mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware.


Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse

The University further recognizes intimate partner violence and/or abuse as a dimension of sexual misconduct. In any current or past relationship, acts, threats, or a pattern of abusive behavior of a physical, sexual, or psychological nature intended to influence or otherwise control another person may be considered intimate partner violence or abuse. This includes any behaviors that are intended to intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, frighten, coerce, or injure another person.

Such conduct will be evaluated under current policies and procedures including the Code of Student Conduct or other applicable University policies.

If you feel you have been subjected to any form of sexual harassment or sexual assault there are several resources available to you:

  • Your RA or the Community Staff member on call
  • The CARE to Stop Violence (previously SARPP) - (301) 314-2222 (main number), (301) 741-3442 (24 hour crisis cell phone)
  • The Department of Public Safety (911 from campus phones, (301) 405-3555 from any off-campus phone, #3333 from mobile phones)
  • Advising on procedures can be obtained by calling the Office of Diversity Education and Compliance - (301) 405-2838, the Office of Rights and Responsibilities- 301-314-7598 or the Office of Student Conduct - (301) 314-8204.

Vaccination Policy

Maryland state law requires every student who resides in the on-campus residence halls to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. A student may be exempt from this requirement if the student- or if under 18 a parent or guardian- signs a written waiver stating that the student has received the information and has chosen not to be vaccinated against the disease.

Additionally, the University of Maryland requires all entering students to provide documentation of current vaccination from Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus/Diphtheria.

Where to Find Official University Policy Statements

One of your responsibilities as a student at the University of Maryland is to know and abide by the University's policies, rules, and procedures. You can find these policies online at http://www.president.umd.edu/policies or http://www.testudo.umd.edu.