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I'm not sure whether I'm experiencing harassment or discrimination and I want to talk to someone confidentially.

The resources listed below are confidential, meaning the student can discuss concerns, and the information will not be reported to the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct or The Graduate School. Depending on the situation, please select who you feel most comfortable talking to. 

Faculty, academic advisors, instructors, and teaching assistants employed at UMD are required to notify the Title IX Officer when they become aware of any type of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship abuse, domestic or dating violence, and stalking, including such conduct occurring via email, texting, and other electronic means. The reporting obligation applies no matter where the conduct occurred and applies to disclosures in written assignments. The Title IX Officer will further explore the issues with the student/colleague.

University Policy requires that all UMD Faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Academic Advisors Are Responsible University Employees (RUE) and are Required To Report ALL Disclosures of Sexual Misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. This includes the context of academic advising sessions and individual appointments - as they are NOT confidential. This obligation is presented in the online training that all university employees are required to complete.


1. University Health Center - Behavioral Health Services
The University Health Center, a department within the University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs, provides high-quality, cost-effective healthcare and wellness programs in order to promote the health of the University community and support academic success.
There are times when students struggle, and they can help if you are seeking support.
Phone: 301-314-8106

2. University of Maryland Chaplains 
In the open, inclusive environment of many cultures and faiths, the Chaplaincies work collectively to serve the spiritual needs of the University of Maryland. The Chaplains, supported by and representing their faith communities, serve their faith traditions while demonstrating a unity that contributes to the rich diversity and quality of life at the University and in the community.

3.Counseling Center 
To advance the University’s mission, the primary focus of the University of Maryland Counseling Center is to provide comprehensive and effective psychological, career, academic, testing, accessibility, and disability services to meet the personal, developmental, mental health, and educational needs of its diverse student body. They strive to uphold the highest standards of the University, the Division of Student Affairs, and our profession for ethical and responsible service delivery. (Counseling Center Mission Statement Fall 2022)

4.CARE to Stop Violence
Your well-being and healing are our priority. CARE keeps information private and confidential. You can tell us as much or as little as you want to; you can even be anonymous.
UMD Health Center: 301-314-2222
CARE 24-hour Resource Line: 301-741-3442

5. Ombuds Office 
The Ombuds Office provides confidential and informal assistance in resolving these conflicts and promotes fair and equitable treatment within the university. Communications with an Ombuds are confidential, and no information or opinion presented to an Ombuds (or even the fact that the Ombuds has been contacted) will be passed on to other parties without the express permission of the complainant. The only exceptions to confidentiality are when there appears to be an imminent risk of serious harm to self or others or if required by law, litigation, or University policy (e.g., sexual misconduct, child/elder abuse, or criminal activity).

Graduate Student Ombudsman:
Dr. Mark A. Shayman
2449 A.V. Williams Bldg.
TEL 301-405-3667


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