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SEXUAL OFFENSES


Definitions

In addition to sexual offenses as defined by Maryland Annotated Code, the following definitions have been adopted by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents:

Sexual Assault I - By stranger or acquaintance, rape, 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, and intimidation or through the use of the victim's mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware.

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Sexual Assault Prevention Program

Information on preventing sexual assault is presented as a topic in the New Student Seminar curriculum, a course taken by all freshmen and incoming transfer students who have less than 25 hours. Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services and University Police also schedule outreach programs on request for student organizations, residence hall groups and University classes.

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Reporting Sexual Offenses

Victims of sexual assault should immediately contact the police in the jurisdiction where the offense occurred. If assaulted on campus, contact University Police at (410) 543-6222. It is the policy of University Police that the health and safety of a sexual assault victim is of paramount importance and to emphasize a compassionate and supportive approach on the part of investigating officers toward the victim. It is important that any evidence of the crime be preserved for the investigating officers. This includes any physical evidence from the victim and from the area where the assault occurred. Victims should specifically avoid bathing or washing clothing or bed linens.

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Sex Offender Registry

A Sex Offender Registry may be accessed on the State of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services web site at www.dpscs.maryland.gov/sorSearch/.

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Victim Services

Victim services are available on campus through the Crisis Management Team, which includes professional staff from the Vice President of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Residence Life and Residential Services, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services and the University Police. Similar services can be accessed off campus through the Life Crisis Center (410-749-HELP or 1-800-422-0009).

Services for sexual assault victims include:

  • assistance in reporting sexual assault to the proper law enforcement authority,
  • counseling,
  • health services, and
  • assistance in changing academic and/or living situations as requested by the victim if such changes are reasonably available.

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Student Disciplinary Procedures

In addition to any criminal or civil remedies available, violation of laws or University System of Maryland policy regarding sexual assault will be subject to the campus judicial system. The range of judicial system penalties for students shall include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following: alteration of class schedule, disciplinary reprimand, loss of privilege, restitution, disciplinary probation, disciplinary suspension, disciplinary dismissal and disciplinary expulsion.

The on campus procedures shall provide that 1) the accuser and the accused are afforded the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding, 2) both the accuser and the accused are informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault, and 3) the offense must be reported according to federal reporting mandates and Maryland state law.

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Faculty and Employee Disciplinary Procedures

In addition to any criminal or civil remedies available, violations of laws or University System of Maryland policy regarding sexual assault will be subject to the appropriate faculty and/or employee disciplinary procedure. The range of employment penalties for faculty and employees shall include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following: counseling, reprimand, suspension or termination of employment.

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