Resources for Faculty & Staff

Sexual misconduct has no place on our campus. Every Tiger should be able to live, work, study, and participate in activities free from the fear of sexual misconduct and sex discrimination. Learn what you can do as a Faculty or Staff member to help yourself and others end sexual misconduct on our campus.

Who Has Been the Victim of Sexual Misconduct?

When a staff member is the victim of sexual misconduct, they will be afforded all of the rights and protections that are guaranteed in our Sexual Misconduct Policy. Support and information on reporting options is available through the Employee Assistance Program, the University Police, and Towson University Human Resources.

Received a Report of Sexual Misconduct

As a university employee, you may learn of an incident of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking. Your response is very important and may determine whether a victim/survivor chooses to tell anyone else or seek professional assistance.

University Policy requires that you immediately report the information that you have learned to the Title IX Coordinator. Do not initiate your own investigation. Even with the best intentions, doing so may exacerbate a situation or compromise an investigation. When approached by an individual in active disclosure, be sure to:

  • Be clear about your role, your responsibility to report the information shared, and your ability to help.
  • Do not promise confidentiality; rather be prepared to offer the victim/survivor information about where they can report confidentially, should they prefer to do that. Confidential reporting can be made on campus to the TU Counseling Center, TU Health Center staff, and off campus resources TurnAround.
  • Notify the victim that he or she may request that the University refrain from initiating or conducting an investigation.
  • Inform the victim of their right to file a complaint with both law enforcement and the University, simultaneously.
  • Advise the victim that victim advocacy services, support, and information regarding reporting options are available from the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Listen, but do not investigate.
  • Promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator of the allegation within 48 hours of the report.

Reports to the Title IX Coordinator can be made as follows:

The Title IX Coordinator is also available to answer any questions that you may have regarding your rights and responsibilities as a Towson University employee.

Following a report or complaint of sexual misconduct, the university will:

  1. Inform the individual reporting the misconduct of the option to request confidentiality and available confidential advocacy, counseling, or other support services, including confidential resources; reporting options and the applicable processes; and the importance of preserving evidence and seeking medical attention.
  2. Facilitate interim measures, when applicable.
  3. Take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. If the University determines that sexual misconduct created a hostile environment, the University will take appropriate steps to address the situation, regardless whether the reporting party, the reporting parties parent, or a third party files a formal complaint.

Assisting the Accused

Individuals accused of policy violations are afforded the right to due process. Accused individuals may often reach out for guidance, advice, or support. Serving as a resource for people accused of misconduct is a critical way that you can help ensure safety and respect for all parties involved. Resources for the accused include:

Resources

Campus Resources

Employee Assistance Program 

Inova is a free self-referral and confidential services available to fall faculty and staff, and members of their household, to help with personal and professional problems that interfere with the successful management of work and family responsibilities. Services include confidential counseling, legal services, financial services, identify theft services, work life referral services, online resources including access to on-demand seminars (PDF), and more. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone or online provide “towsonu” as the username and password when prompted.

Phone 1-800-346-0110

Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity

Provides private support for faculty and staff who have experienced sexual violence including interim measures and accommodations.  The office investigates incidents of sexual violence involving members of the University community. Administration Building Suite 214.

Phone (410) 704-0203

Towson University Police Department

When called to respond to sexual violence, the Towson University Police will call the Baltimore County Police Department. Baltimore County Police define sexual violence crimes by Maryland law. Maryland law has different definitions of sexual violence than Towson University.  Criminal cases in a court of law also use a beyond a reasonable doubt standard to determine if a law was broke.

Phone (410) 704-4444

Community Resources

TurnAround

Provides trained advocates for Baltimore County and Baltimore City that offer emotional, medical, and legal support and information 24-hours a day. They are a local organization that provides free and confidential immediate and ongoing counseling and advocacy for anyone impacted by sexual violence, including friends and family of victims/survivors. Get Help

Phone: (443) 279-0379 24hr Hotline or (410) 377-8111 to schedule an appointment

The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)

Provides trained advocates for Harford County that offer victims, potential victims, and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking. All of SARC’s services are offered in a confidential environment of trust and includes domestic violence program, sexual violence program, legal advocacy program, bed shelter, community outreach and education services and 24-hour helpline. Get Help

Phone (410) 836-8430

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASPA)

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program provides trained advocates for Montgomery County that offer victims information and referral, advocacy, crisis and ongoing counseling, support and compensation services for victims of crimes committed in Montgomery Country or who live in Montgomery County.  Assistance is also provided to the victims’ families and significant others.

Phone: 240-777-4357 24-hr crisis line or 240-777-1355 weekdays

Center for Abused Persons

Is a private, non-profit agency providing the citizens of Charles County with crisis and on-going professional counseling; support services and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Get Help

Phone: 301-645-3336 24-Hour Hotline or 301-645-8994

Baltimore County Police
 

Baltimore County Police define sexual violence crimes by Maryland law. Maryland law has different definitions of sexual violence than Towson University.  Criminal cases in a court of law also use a beyond a reasonable doubt standard to determine if a law was broke.

Phone: 911

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
 

Provides free SAFE exams (sexual assault forensic evidence) that collects and preserves DNA evidence after a sexual assault.   The evidence could be used if criminal charges are pursued.  SAFE exams are available 24 hours, every day of the year. The exams are conducted at 6701 N. Charles Street Towson, MD.

Phone: (443) 849-3323

Mercy Medical Center
 

Provides free SAFE exams (sexual assault forensic evidence) that collects and preserves DNA evidence after a sexual assault.   The evidence could be used if criminal charges are pursued.  Located at 345 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD.

Phone: (410) 332-9477

Maryland Legal Aid

Provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout the state of Maryland. This includes residents of rural and urban settings, disabled persons, children, seniors, farm workers, and those at risk of losing housing, custody, health and income maintenance.

Phone: (410) 951-7777

The People's Law Library of Maryland
 

Research free and low-cost legal service providers in Maryland

Maryland Office of the Public Defender
 

Provides defense counsel to persons who cannot afford a private attorney

Phone: (410) 767-8460

State and National Resources

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

Operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Carries out programs to prevent sexual violence and help victims. Get Help

Phone: 1-800-656-4673

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Highly trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Get Help

Phone: 1-800-799-7233

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
 

The coalition focuses on public policy, education activities, community outreach and technical assistance and legal services. Get Information

Phone: 301-328-7023

Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)
 

A program of MCASA that provides direct legal services for victims and survivors of sexual violence. Get Information

Phone: 301-565-2277

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

The coalition does not provide direct services, but have a referral site for other resources covering a wide variety or needs. Get Information

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

The NSVRC does not provide direct services to sexual assault victims but rather supports those who do, such as coalitions, rape crisis centers, national, state and local agencies and allied programs.

National Stalking Resource Center

Provides multiple services including: training, technical assistance, website and an information clearinghouse. The Stalking Resource Center provides direct assistance to build the capacity of criminal justice and victim services organizations to respond effectively to stalking.