Rape and Sexual Offenses Policy
The University of Baltimore is committed to providing an academic learning and working environment that is free from sexual assault and harassment and shall take preventative measures to insure that faculty, staff, students and visitors are appropriately protected from such actions. This safe environment includes all campus locations and all off-campus university-related activities and sites.
The University System of Maryland policy on sexual assault is on file in the office of the associate vice president for student affairs.
The University System of Maryland and its constituent institutions adopt this policy on sexual assault, consistent with the requirements of (i) Section 484(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Section 486 (c) (2) of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and (II) Section 11-701 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. This policy applies to all students and employees, both faculty and non-faculty, of the University System of Maryland or its constituent institutions.
The following policy recognizes two levels of sexual assault.
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 any unwilling person’s intimate part (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.
Victims are encouraged to report any sexual assault, rape or any
sexual offense/contact, either forcible or non forcible.
Victims of sexual assault are urged to contact law enforcement or medical personnel as soon as possible following the occurrence to receive guidance in the preservation of evidence needed for proof of criminal assaults and the apprehension and prosecution of assailants. Through its concurrent Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid Agreement with the Baltimore City Police Department, the Campus Police have access to the Baltimore City Police crime lab and other investigating units upon request.
Any victim of, or witness to, a sexual assault should report the incident to any of the following:
It is important to report the incident immediately and to preserve all physical evidence of the sexual assault.
Victims or witnesses may make a voluntary, confidential crime report for inclusion in the annual crime report. Counselors may inform their clients of the opportunity to make such a report.
What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
Get to a place where you will be safe from further attack. For your own protection, call the police immediately, especially if the assailant is still nearby. The police will help you whether or not you choose to prosecute the assailant.
Call a friend or family member for support.
Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination following a rape is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy as a result of the rape. The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings. So, get medical attention as quickly as possible.
Don't bathe or douche. Bathing or douching might be the first thing you want to do. However, you will be literally be washing away valuable evidence. Wait until a doctor has examined you.
Save your clothing. It is all right to change clothes. But save what you were wearing. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag for the police.
Report the incident to the police. It is up to you, but reporting a rape isn't the same thing as prosecuting a rape. Prosecution can be determined later. To contact the University Police, call 410-837-5520, 24-hours a day. A number of campus personnel are willing and able to assist victims in reporting assaults to the proper authorities.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault and decide not to notify the police, please secure medical attention and contact any of the victim support resources listed below. The campus will also assist the victim with contacting any of these supporting agencies.
The campus will assist the victim, at their request, in notifying the appropriate law enforcement authorities to file criminal charges. The university will also provide full and prompt cooperation in assessing the appropriate medical attention for the victim, including transportation to a hospital equipped with a sexual assault evidence collection kit.
The university will investigate sexual assault complaints and adjudicate them in accordance with university disciplinary procedures. Both the victim and the accused will be allowed to have witnesses present during the hearing process, and will be notified of the outcome of the university disciplinary process.
UB is committed to protecting reasonable confidentiality of the victim, affording protection against reprisal, and providing due process to those accused of violations. The university will provide other services as appropriate or feasible including alternative class scheduling and psychological support to the extent possible.
An educational and informational campaign to assist with the prevention of sexual assaults will be readily available to students, faculty, and staff. The educational programs are provided through various formats, which address the issues germane to sexual assault and its prevention, including acquaintance rape, rape, spousal and cohabitant abuse, and self-defense. In addition, there are free pamphlets available on all these topics.
Victims of sexual assault have access to counseling through a university-associated psychotherapist or referral to nearby community resources. After a sexual assault has been reported, and upon the request of the alleged victim, the victim shall be offered an alternative academic or employment situation if such an alternative is available, feasible, and appropriate to the facts of the reported assault.
Student Disciplinary Procedures
Violations of law and university policies and regulations regarding rape or sexual offenses will be subject to prosecution through both legal and civil authorities, and the campus judicial system. The range of university penalties shall include, but are not 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 guarantee that:
Employee Disciplinary Procedures
No disciplinary actions will be rendered until a thorough investigation
of the alleged offense has been completed.
Violations of laws and university policies and regulations regarding rape or sexual offenses will be subject to prosecution through both legal and civil authorities, and the appropriate employee disciplinary procedures. The range of university penalties shall include, but are not limited to one or more of the following: counseling, reprimand, suspension, or termination.
Employees accused of rape or a sexual offense are entitled to avail themselves of the appropriate grievance process for their category of employment. Information on grievance processes is available from the Human Resources Office. The university procedures guarantee that:
Rape and Sexual Offense Awareness — Educational and Counseling Programs
The university offers numerous educational programs for the awareness and prevention of sexual offenses and counseling services for the victims/survivors of sexual assaults.
University Health Services offers confidential assessment and referral for treatment using mental health services in the community including individual/group therapy and peer group support. A current list of advocates (survivors of sexual trauma) is maintained for student/employee outreach should the need arise.
The university community is notified of services through prevention programs, university publications, flyers on bulletin boards, and by calling the Office of Student Affairs for specific information.
In cooperation between the Center for Student Involvement and the Campus Police, a Rape Aggression Defense Program (RAD) is offered to female employees and students by a university police officer, certified as a RAD instructor.
Persons wishing more information are encouraged to contact Campus Police, the Center for Student Involvement and/or the Human Resources Office. Please see the Victim/Witness Advocacy Program below.
Victim/Witness Advocacy Program
The University of Baltimore is aware that often a victim of or witness to a crime is confused, uncertain, and unaware of the criminal and civil procedures, the internal campus judicial system, or the many medical, emotional, trauma, and counseling support groups and services that are available. In order to lessen the concerns of a victim/witness, the university has established a Victim/Witness Advocacy Program and an Advocacy Team to coach and mentor a victim or witness through the various processes or services.
The Advocacy Team consists of the associate vice president for student affairs, a representative from student health services, and the director of the UB Police Department/chief of police.
An individual having the need for assistance or information is invited to contact any one of the three persons listed above. At the request of the victim/witness, and depending upon the services required, a collective decision will be made to assign a member of the Advocacy Team to the victim/witness.
"Solving the Problems of Crime in Partnership with the Campus Community"