Title IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 

UMB Core Values

University of Maryland, Baltimore holds Civility, Leadership, Collaboration, Knowledge, Accountability, Excellence, and Diversity as our shared Core Values. Sexual misconduct is destructive and contradicts our Core Values.

Through our commitment to Civility, as a community, we are expected to treat everyone with dignity and respect.  An inclusive environment strengthens UMB through its Diversity.  The UMB Community is called, in Collaboration, to promote a culture that does not tolerate sexual misconduct.  UMB calls upon our community to demonstrate their

Leadership and report sexual misconduct they experience, observe, or suspect.  UMB is Accountable to the community, responding promptly and equitably to reported sexual misconduct.  

Our Core Values call upon all members of the UMB community to demonstrate Knowledge and Excellence, knowing and following both the letter and the spirit of UMB’s Policy.


 

UMB’s Title IX Team:

Mary MacFadden

Mary MacFadden, MS, BSN, CCEP

Title IX Coordinator, Director
410-706-4938    mmacfadden@umaryland.edu

Mary MacFadden is University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Title IX Coordinator.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Regulatory Sciences from UMB, as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from John’s Hopkins School of Nursing and Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Gettysburg College.  Ms. MacFadden is a certified Title IX Coordinator through ATIXA and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional through the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. In addition to serving as Title IX Coordinator, Ms. MacFadden is also the Research Subject Advocate through the Human Research Protection Program.


 

Michael Azen

Michael Azen, MA, MS

Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
Equity & Access Compliance Investigator 
410-706-2133    mazen@umaryland.edu

Michael Azen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies.  He also holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling.  Mr. Azen is certified in Title IX, Discrimination, and Investigations through ATIXA and the Association of Workplace Investigators. Mr. Azen has also received training from the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mr. Azen also serves on the Staff Senate, advocating for staff and improving our quality of life at UMB.  Prior to joining UMB, Mr. Azen conducted discrimination and sexual harassment investigations throughout the State of Maryland, specifically in employment, housing, and public accommodation.


 

Edress Johns

Edress P. Brunson, MS

Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
Compliance Specialist & Title IX Investigator 
410-706-3866    ebrunson@umaryland.edu

Edress Brunson received her Master's Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Management from University of Maryland Global Campus. Ms. Brunson is a certified Title IX Coordinator through ATIXA and [verifying if CHC or CCEP].  Ms. Brunson has worked in Research Compliance and conducts Title IX Investigations at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Prior to working at UMB, Ms. Brunson served Veterans and at-risk youth through mental health services.


 

Vanessa Harrington

Vanessa Harrington, MS, SHRM-CP

Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
Equity & Access Compliance Investigator 
410-706-4933    vharrington@umaryland.edu

Vanessa Harrington received her Master's Degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources from University of Maryland Global Campus and her Bachelor's Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Harrington is a certified Title IX Coordinator through ATIXA and Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) through the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and a graduate of UMB's Emerging Leaders program.

Announcements

CAO Letter - Updates to Title IX Regulations

August 14th, 2020 - A letter from Dr. Susan Buskirk, the University's Chief Accountability Officer concerning the updates to Title IX regulations, effective today.

The Department of Education has issued new regulations regarding Title IX
The Department of Education has issued new regulations regarding Title IX that go into effect on August 14, 2020.

A Summary of the Major Provisions of the Title IX Final Rules can be found on the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, website at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/titleix-summary.pdf.  

Letter Regarding Updates to Title IX Regulations

May 13, 2020 - A letter from Dr. Susan Buskirk, the University's Chief Accountability Officer concerning the updates to Title IX regulations going into effect on August 14, 2020.

MANDATORY Equal Access Training Courses for UMB Employees, Students, and Affiliates

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has partnered with Student Success to provide the “Not Anymore” Primary Prevention Program. "Not Anymore" is an interactive online program designed to educate about the prevention of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.


UMB equal access training is required for all UMB employees, students, and affiliates! Access the appropriate link at www.umaryland.edu/titleix/training.

UMB President Perman's Aug, 2018 Letter to the Community

Read UMB President Perman's Aug, 2018 Letter to the Community President Letter.

Statement Regarding Anti-Harassment Policies
A message from Dr. Roger J. Ward, the University's Chief Accountability Officer

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Sexual discrimination (which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence) is a destructive practice that goes against the values of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is not tolerated in any form. Sexual harassment violates basic human rights as well as state and federal laws. It is the policy of the University to try to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment within our community.

The University is committed to conducting a prompt and equitable investigation into all reports of sexual harassment. I encourage any student who believes they have been subjected to sexual harassment to report all allegations to the Title IX Coordinator through the Office of Accountability and Compliance.

In addition, every student, faculty member, staff member, and administrator is required to become aware of and to support the University’s non-discrimination policies, and to work together to prevent sexual harassment.

Any student found to have engaged in sexual harassment will be promptly disciplined; such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion.  Any University faculty or staff found to have engaged in sexual harassment will be promptly disciplined, and such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, termination of employment.

Should you have a report of sexual harassment involving a student, any comments or questions about University policies regarding students, or want more information about identifying and preventing sexual misconduct against students, please contact either the University’s Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Students) in the Office of Accountability and Compliance at 410-706-2281.

As a UMB faculty or staff employee, if you have questions regarding the policies, prevention, and reporting process, please contact either the University’s Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Personnel) in the Office of Accountability and Compliance at 410-706-2281.

Thank you for helping to make our campus a harassment-free environment.

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA
Chief Accountability Officer
Office of Accountability and Compliance
Lexington Building, 620 W. Lexington St., 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-706-2281
rward@umaryland.edu

(Issued Sept. 19, 2013; last revised Aug. 4, 2016)


 

The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran's status, or age in its programs and activities. Specifically, University of Maryland, Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the operation of its education program in accordance with Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106. University of Maryland, Baltimore’s prohibitions on discrimination extend to its admissions and hiring processes.  The UMB Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at: https://www.umaryland.edu/policies-and-procedures/library/administration/policies/vi-100c.php

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the UMB Title IX Coordinator, Mary MacFadden, or the Director of the Office of Civil Right, U. S. Department of Education, or both.