- If you are in immediate danger on campus, call Public Safety (240-895-4911) and/or 911 as soon as possible.
- If you need immediate medical assistance, call 911 as soon as possible.
Seeking Medical Assistance
The College urges you to seek medical assistance/care directly following an instance of sexual violence.
A medical provider can provide emergency and/or follow-up medical services. The medical exam has two goals: first, to diagnose and treat any injury or physical effect (including identifying and addressing any sexually transmitted infections, HIV, or pregnancy) and second, to properly collect and preserve evidence.
The Sexual Misconduct Advocacy and Resource Team (SMART), the CPS staff therapist/advocate, and advocates from Walden-Sierra may accompany you to the hospital. Any evidence will be held until you decide whether or not to press charges, and any information will be kept confidential until you wish to notify the College and/or the police.
Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE Exams)
St. Mary’s Hospital and Calvert Memorial Hospital provide Sexual Assault Forensic Exams. These exams, which are performed by trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, are free to the Complainant. SAFE exams are used to diagnose the extent of any injury and to properly collect and preserve evidence to contribute to any legal investigations and proceedings. SAFE exams are maintained anonymously at the hospital for a minimum of 90 days. You may refuse any part of the SAFE exam.
There is a 96-hour window following an incident of sexual assault during which evidence may be preserved. The decision to seek timely medical attention and to gather any evidence will preserve the full range of options to pursue criminal prosecution as well as seek resolution under the College policy. Taking steps to gather evidence does not commit you to any particular course of action. The College and/or the police will not be contacted without your permission.
If you would like a SAFE exam, don’t shower, comb your hair, use the bathroom, or clean your body in any way. Be sure to preserve any clothing (including undergarments) in a paper bag to bring to the hospital.
- SMCM Public Safety: (240) 895-4911 or x4911 from any campus phone
- Title IX Coordinator: (240) 895-4105
- Any “Responsible Employee”
College employees with supervisory and leadership responsibilities are considered “responsible employees.” This includes all faculty, coaches, administrators, RAs/RHCs, and other student employees/volunteers with a significant responsibility for student welfare. These “responsible employees” are required to share any reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator.
- St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office: 911 or (301) 475-8008
- Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barracks: (301) 475-8955
Confidentiality and Privacy
The College is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, or intimate partner violence. All College employees who are involved in the College’s Title IX response, including the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, investigators, and hearing board members, receive specific training about respecting and safeguarding private information. Throughout the process, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the report. Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings under this policy.
Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. The use of this information is limited to those College employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.
Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual. These campus and community professionals include mental health providers, ordained clergy, rape crisis counselors and attorneys, all of whom have legally protected confidentiality. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others or a suspicion of child abuse.
An individual who seeks completely confidential assistance may do so by speaking with professionals who have a legally protected confidentiality. On campus, confidential resources available to students include counselors in the Counseling Center, medical staff in the Health Center, and the CPS staff therapist/advocate. Employees may access confidential assistance through the Employee Assistance Program. Information shared with these resources will remain confidential and will not be shared with the College or anyone else without express permission of the individual seeking services unless maintaining such confidentiality would result in harm to self or others. When a report involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18, these confidential resources are required by Maryland law and by the College’s Child Abuse Reporting Policy to notify child protective services and/or local law enforcement. They are also required to notify the Title IX Coordinator that such a report has been made.
Both those who have experienced and/or been affected by sexual misconduct will have equal access to College support and counseling services.