- 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. Additionally, you have the option of getting a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE Exam) from a compassionate medical provider. The SAFE Exam has two goals:
- Diagnose and treat any injury or physical effect (including identifying and addressing any sexually transmitted infections, HIV, or pregnancy)
- Properly collect and preserve evidence.
The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy may assist sexual assault victims requiring an exam. You may contact them at (240) 925-0084. 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. Learn more about SAFE Exams here.
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 person who experienced the assault. 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.
Contacting Law Enforcement
The College encourages all individuals or third-party witnesses to report any incident to the College and to local law enforcement. Reporting options are not mutually exclusive; you may pursue criminal charges and a campus process simultaneously. The Title IX Coordinator can work with you to discuss law enforcement options. Additionally, you may take a confidential resource or advocate with you for support if you decide to meet with law enforcement officers.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barracks
On- campus confidential resources available to students include:
SMCM Health Services
and Psychological Services
Employees may access confidential assistance through the Employee Assistance Program.
Off-Campus Confidential Resources include, but are not limited to:
Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy (off-campus)
24- Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (240)-925-0084
Information shared with the above resources will remain confidential and will not be shared with the College or anyone else without the 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. In these situations, they are also required to notify the Title IX Coordinator that such a report has been made.
How to Support a Friend
When speaking with someone who has experienced sexual misconduct:
- Don’t be judgmental. Believe in your friend; do not blame them.
- Let your friend make their own decisions. Encouraging your friend to make decisions will help them gain a sense of control.
- Respect your friend’s privacy. Do not share what happened to your friend with other people. Let them decide who will know.
- Encourage your friend to get help. Provide your friend with information on where they can get help.
- Be there. Offer your support and understanding.
- Listen. This is a great way to show your support. Do not push your friend to talk, but when they are ready, be available with an open mind and heart.
- Be patient. Healing takes time; just be there for your friend.
- Take care of yourself. Find support for yourself. A counselor can help you process and understand your own feelings about your friend’s experience.
Sexual Misconduct & Recovery
RAINN.org – created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE)
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline – chat online with a trained staff member who can provide you confidential crisis support
National Institute of Mental Health – PTSD – definitions, signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and therapies
Suicide Awareness Resources
Suicide Hotline – provides 24/7, free, and confidential support
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education – one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide
The Trevor Project Helpline – the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people
Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860) – is a trans-led supportive resource and peer-support hotline for the trans community.
LGBTQ Health – from the CDC, provides information and resources on health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities
Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations – information and resource kits provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
CenterLink – a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers
Reporting Sexual Harassment
The College has a strong interest in supporting community members who experience sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence. We encourage all individuals or third-party witnesses to report any incident to the College and to local law enforcement. Reporting options are not mutually exclusive; you may pursue criminal charges and a campus process simultaneously.
Make a Report to the College
Policies & Information
Policies and Procedures
New Federal Title IX Regulation Changes
In May of 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released new federal Title IX regulations that go into effect on August 14, 2020. Please check out the important community messages from the College’s Title IX Office about these changes below:
- November 2019 Message to the Community
- May 2020 Message to the Community
- May 2020 Title IX Community Meeting Slides
- August 2020 Title IX Community Meeting Slides
Title IX Personnel Training Materials – 2020-2021
- Grand River Solutions Training – Part One
- Grand River Solutions Training – Part Two
- Grand River Solutions Training – Part Three
- SMCM Training – Part Four
Title IX Personnel Training Materials – 2021-2022
How to Make a Report
What to Know
The College provides assistance and support to each individual in making these important decisions.The College will also, to the extent legally possible, respect an individual’s autonomy in deciding how to proceed. In this process, the College will balance the individual’s interest with its obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the College community.
Any individual who makes a report can be assured that all reports will be investigated and resolved in a fair and impartial manner. Complainants (the person making the report or the person who experienced the alleged harassment), respondents (the person accused of alleged harassment), and everyone else involved can expect to be treated with dignity and respect.
In every report under this policy, the College will make an immediate assessment of any risk of harm to the complainant or to the broader campus community and will take the necessary steps to address those risks. These steps will include supportive measures to provide for the safety of the individual and the campus community such as:
- Housing Changes
- Class Changes
- No Contact Orders
- Connection to Wellness Resources
- Connection to local advocacy groups
- Other supportive measures to protect the safety of the complainant and/or the community
Confidentiality and Privacy
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.
What is Title IX
Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a prohibited form of discrimination.
How Can the Title IX Office Help You
The College employs a Title IX Coordinator to oversee the College’s response to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence. The Title IX Coordinator, who leads the Office of Title IX Compliance and Training and reports directly to the President, is supported by two Deputy Title IX Coordinators and the Title IX Investigator/Prevention Specialist. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for conducting the initial Title IX assessment, implementing interim remedies and protective measures for the individual and the community, initiating the investigation, and ensuring a fair and impartial resolution designed to:
- Stop any harassing conduct
- Remedy its effects, and
- Prevent its recurrence.
The Title IX Coordinator provides oversight of all Title IX complaints to ensure compliance with local, state and federal authority. The Title IX Coordinator receives, reviews, and maintains records of all complaints in order to identify and address any systemic problems. The Title IX Coordinator also assesses student activities periodically to ensure that the practices and behaviors of the students do not violate the policies on sexual harassment and violence. These duties also include creating and implementing education, prevention, and training programs regarding sexual misconduct for the community.
Students who wish to change their chosen names in various campus software systems may contact the Division of Student Affairs by completing the Student Chosen Name Request form.
The Title IX Coordinator and all Title IX personnel are available to meet with students, staff and faculty.
Title IX Contact Information
Michelle Carter, M.A., J.D.
(pronouns: she, her)
Assistant Vice President of Equity & Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Lucille Clifton House
- Shannon Jarboe
Director of Human Resources | Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Glendening Hall 170