For Faculty, Staff, and Students
If you are having an emergency, including concerns for your safety or safety of others on campus, immediately call UMBC police at 410-455-5555 or 911.
To report an incident, you may do one of the following:
- Contact Bobbie Hoye at 410-455-1606
- Speak to a UMBC staff/faculty member to have an incident report sent to the VAV program
- If you are having an emergency, including concerns for your safety or safety of others on campus, immediately call UMBC police at 410-455-5555 or 911
It really can help just to talk and know you have choices. But if having your name sent to VAV feels like too much at this time, you can feel free to talk with one of UMBC’s confidential resources. If you would like to discuss your situation but are not ready to formally report the incident these specific places will not give out your name to VAV, or anyone else, so VAV will not contact you:
- The Counseling Center 410-455-2472
- University Health Services Medical Professionals 410-455-2542
- Any licensed campus clergy
What happens if I report?
Reporting an incident does not mean you are required to bring forward charges or access any additional resources. Reporting allows you to learn about your options from a supportive, non-judgmental VAV staff member, who will maintain your privacy to the fullest extent possible. You are not required to provide any information, including your assailant’s name, if you are not comfortable with doing so.
A few things to understand about privacy when reporting:
- An incident report is sent to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. If a student has named her/his assailant, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate if UMBC needs to open an investigation into the reported incident.
- If the VAV program is concerned that the alleged assailant poses a threat to the campus community, they may contact UMBC’s Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team (BRACT). The victim/survivors identity does not necessarily have to be revealed if the BRACT team decides to speak with the alleged assailant about his/her behavior.
- If there is an imminent threat to anyone on or off campus, information will be shared with UMBC police.
- Disclosures of Child Abuse and Neglect: All of our community members are welcome to discuss the issues that impact their well-being. Please know that any disclosures of child abuse and neglect, even if it occurred many years ago, VAV will have to report the incident to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the state the abuse occurred; CPS may investigate the allegations.
- For more information, read the USM Policy on the Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Here is what happens when you report:
Once a report is received by the VAV program, they will contact you via phone and email within 48 hours of receiving the report to see how they can help you.
The VAV program staff member will go through what your choices are regarding:
- housing and academic accommodations
- charges with police, UMBC or otherwise, if desired
- free health and mental health help
- any other options you need to help you feel safe and supported
Reporting is your opportunity to explore what you can do to begin healing as you continue pursuing your education at UMBC.
Disclosures of Child Abuse and Neglect
All of our community members are welcome to discuss the issues that impact their well-being. Please know that any disclosures of child abuse and neglect, even if it occurred many years ago, will have to be reported to Baltimore County Child Protective Services (CPS), who may investigate the allegations.
For more information, read the USM Policy on the Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Sexual assault of anyone age 13 and older, that was not by a caregiver, is not reported to CPS.