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Office Mission

UMBC’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is responsible for promoting and coordinating the University’s core values of inclusive excellence and equity, and has primary responsibility for managing UMBC’s efforts related to Title IX as well as other civil rights issues, including discrimination, harassment, hate and bias. The office’s mission is to ensure compliance with sexual misconduct and non-discrimination laws, regulations, and policies through prompt, fair investigations, education and training, and outreach and engagement.

Since its establishment in 2019, the office has launched the online reporting form for sexual misconduct, discrimination and hate or bias incidents which permits anonymous reporting by students, faculty, and staff. In addition, nearly all students, faculty, and staff have completed the mandatory online and/or in-person training related to sexual misconduct. The Office of Equity and Inclusion will continue to develop and deliver regular mandatory training on discrimination and sexual misconduct to all students, faculty, and staff to fulfill UMBC’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our campus community.

Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policy Updates in Response to New Federal Regulations

Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, prohibits sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment; and discrimination against pregnant and parenting students, faculty, and staff.

The U.S. Department of Education issued updated regulations implementing Title IX.  These new regulations go into effect on August 14, 2020.

UMBC’s new Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination incorporates these new regulations and takes effect at UMBC on August 14, 2020.

OEI has also updated the UMBC non-discrimination policy. This is reflected in the new Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Procedures, which will be implemented on August 18, 2020. The updates to the discrimination policy are being made in order to provide a clear process for handling discrimination complaints, and to provide additional protections against sex discrimination and sexual misconduct that may not be covered under UMBC’s Title IX Policy based on the requirements of the new Title IX regulations.

The UMBC community has a variety of resources available on campus and beyond to support students, faculty, and staff who are impacted by Title IX and equity and inclusion issues. OEI is committed to being a resource and has created a FAQ that addresses many questions UMBC community members may have regarding the new policy.

If you have questions about theTitle IX process or wish to talk to someone about your options to report or seek support, please contact our office. To report a complaint of sexual violence, misconduct, harassment or discrimination, please use our online form.