Reporting Sexual Misconduct
For Immediate Assistance
Go to a safe location, and if injured, seek immediate medical attention. If you are sexually assaulted, contact the Montgomery County Police Department by dialing 911.
The College will assist Reporting Parties who wish to report sexual misconduct to local law enforcement authorities. Reporting Parties may also contact public safety directly:
Safety and Security
282 Science and Applied Sciences (SA) Building
Safety and Security
101 Counseling and Advising (CB) Building
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Safety and Security
117 Charlene Nunley Student Services (ST) Building
If You’ve Experienced Sexual Misconduct
- Preserving Evidence
- Reporting to the College
- Internal Confidential Reporting
- External Confidential Reporting
- Outside Reporting and Other Resources
i. The College encourages all individuals to seek immediate assistance from a medical
provider and/or law enforcement after an incident of sexual misconduct.
ii. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence that may assist in proving that a criminal offense occurred or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.
iii. It may also be important for individuals to receive medical attention after an assault.
iv. In Montgomery County, the only facility equipped with the Maryland State Police sexual assault evidence collection kit (SAFE) and specially trained forensic nurses is:
- Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Forensic Medical Unit
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Students and Employees may report alleged sexual misconduct through the following options:
- To the Title IX Coordinator
- To any Mandated Reporter, which includes any College administrator, supervisor, faculty member, public safety officer, coach or trainer.
- Through the Sexual Misconduct Report Formnew window. This form is for individuals seeking support and information after experiencing sexual misconduct, 3rd Party witnesses, anonymous reporters and College employees fulfilling their mandated reporting duty to share information disclosed to them by a student.
- Through the Formal Title IX Complaint Form. This form is for individuals seeking to make a formal complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, who will initiate a formal investigation of the allegation.
- Employees may also report directly to the Director of Employee and Labor Relations
For Students (contact a counselor directly):
- Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP)new window
240-777-4357, 240-777-1347 (TTY)
- The Family Justice Centernew window
- Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)new window
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotlinenew window
- National Domestic Violence Hotlinenew window
- MCASA Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers Fact Sheet (PDF, )
Lists Rape Crisis Centers by Maryland County, including how to access forensic exams
In addition, members of the College community may also report certain instances of sexual misconduct to applicable federal, state, or local government agencies responsible for enforcing laws prohibiting sexual harassment against students or employees. For more information please contact:
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for taking reports and providing information about resources and services. Individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct should contact the Title IX Coordinator right away, although reports may be made at any time. Prompt reporting maximizes the College’s ability to respond and to take appropriate action. Individuals who have witnessed or have knowledge about an incident of sexual misconduct may make a report as well.
At the time a report is made, a Reporting Party does not have to decide whether or not to request any particular course of action, nor do they need to know how to label what happened. Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making a report, can be a process that unfolds over time. The College provides support that can assist each individual in making these important decisions and to the extent possible and reasonable will 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.
Discussing an alleged incident of sexual misconduct with a Confidential Resource will
not itself lead to an investigation or resolution of the incident as set forth in
the Procedure accompanying policy 31001-Sexual Misconduct. Confidential Resources
do not have the authority to establish interim protective measures or resolve incidents
through either Informal Resolution or Investigation/Formal Resolution, nor can they
cause these processes to take place. Instead, their role is to provide support and
guidance based on their training and professional experience. Individuals are therefore
encouraged to report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, or a Responsible
College Employee to allow the College the opportunity to address and resolve the matter.