What to do if You Have Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct

If you have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking there are resources on and off campus to guide you through the process and procedures. It is important for you to know that you are considered “not responsible” for violating University of Maine System policy unless and until a preponderance of the evidence prove that a violation has occurred.

On-campus resources

On-campus resources if you have been accused:

  • Your campus Deputy/Title IX Coordinator can help navigate the process and procedures.
  • The University of Maine System has a number of confidential resources for accused, including on-campus counseling.
  • University of Maine System campuses may offer student legal services if legal action is being taken against you.
  • You have the right to have an advisor of your choice attend any and all meetings with you. If you do not have an advisor, please reach out to the Deputy/Title IX Coordinator who can assist you in getting one at no cost to you.

Supportive measures

Supportive measures will be offered to both the Complainant and the Respondent. All of which may have an impact on both parties.

  • A mutual no contact order may be instituted to eliminate contact between both parties.
  • Equitable academic accommodations may be utilized to ensure both parities have equal access to classrooms, clubs or other school activities.
  • A change in on-campus living arrangements may be made so that both parties no longer share a living space.
  • The complainant may engage in other safety planning activities.
  • Counseling services are available on any student.
  • Other supportive measures that you may need can be discussed with the Deputy/Title IX Coordinator.

Additional resources and links:

If you are unsure of what resources you need, what has happened to you or if you want to explore your options before reaching out to a Deputy/Title IX Coordinator, there are many pages on this site to help guide you through the process: