Title IX Resources and Other Information for Students
Title IX protects people in education institutions from discrimination based on sex, which includes protection from sexual harassment, sexual assault, pregnancy discrimination or other forms of sex discrimination (visit the Title IX definitions page to see a comprehensive list of protections). Employees, students, athletes and community members involved in educational programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance are all protected under Title IX.
Even if an incident related to Title IX occurs off-campus and does not include a member of the University of Maine System community, students impacted by sexual harassment, misconduct or other forms of gender discrimination have a number of rights and resources available.
An incident does not need to have happened recently for a student to utilize resources. We understand that every situation and incident is different, and so we have made available many services for impacted students through the University of Maine System or our community partners.
Please note that all University of Maine System employees are mandatory reporters with the exception of the licensed, clinical counselors and their clinical interns when acting in their counseling capacity. If a student discloses a Title IX situation or incident to a faculty or staff member, pastoral counselor, researcher or medical provider, as a mandatory reporter the faculty or staff member must report this information by contacting a Deputy/Title IX Coordinator or filling out this form (External Site).
Many Measures Can Be Taken to Support a Student Affected by Title IX
Assistance with pregnancy-related academic accommodations and student worker accommodations:
The Deputy/Title IX Coordinator can assist students who are pregnant; who were recently pregnant; who have had pregnancy loss, miscarriage or abortion; adoption or foster children; expressing milk/chest feeding; and who are currently parenting. Students should consider notifying the Deputy/Title IX Coordinator for resources or support. Those who adopt or foster children are entitled to the same rights and benefits as birth parents. The Title IX Coordinator can create a coordinated approach to short term accommodations, maternity or paternity leave and academic accommodations, due to medical necessity or extraordinary parenting or caretaking responsibilities.
Assistance with reporting to police and/or seeking a protection order:
The Deputy/Title IX Coordinator or designee on your campus is available to assist students who wish to file a police report, or want assistance in seeking a Protection from Abuse or a Protection from Harassment order (External Site) . The Deputy/Title IX Coordinator can walk you through the process, help with safety planning and get you in touch with the correct law enforcement agencies or work with your campus public safety or police office for safety planning and escort services.
All University of Maine System students are invited to use on-campus university counseling.
Protecting your information:
Students may have their “directory information” made private. Directory suppression requires that employees of the University of Maine System may not answer questions or requests for information about a student who has requested Directory Suppression, provided there is not a release in place or a court order. Directory suppression and release information forms are available at your individual campus.
Directory information includes:
- Student name
- Telephone number
- University email address
- Date of birth
- Honors and awards
- Current major
- Degrees earned
- Enrollment status
- Dates of attendance
- Grade level
- Most recent educational institution attended
- Athletics participation
- Student athlete height and/or weight
Any person living in the State of Maine may file to be made part of the Address Confidentiality Program (External Site) to have their public information removed from the public record.
Interim, temporary and immediate supportive measures:
To quickly address a situation or incident, the University of Maine System may impose a wide range of supportive measures, such as:
- Implementation of a “No Contact Order” between two or more individuals
- Change in University-related work schedules or job assignments
- Assistance in addressing off-campus living arrangements
- Change in on-campus living arrangements
- Provide academic or activity accommodations
- Safety planning and/or safety escorts while on campus
Contact a Deputy/Title IX Coordinator if you have a need for interim measures. A Deputy/Title IX Coordinator can assist you with measures even if you do not wish to file a formal complaint.
Title IX academic accommodations:
Students who have been subjected to sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking or other forms of sex discrimination may need reasonable academic accommodations such as an extended due date, the opportunity to make up a quiz missed due to a court date or more. The Deputy/Title IX Coordinator works with impacted students to determine supportive measures and then makes arrangements for appropriate accommodations. Such communications with faculty are upon request and the nature of the incident is not disclosed unless there is a need to know for the support of the student.
Time limit for reporting statement:
There are no time limits on reporting instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault or other forms of sex discrimination. There are also no time limits for individuals to request supportive measures.
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:
- Campus police and public safety offices on each campus
- Confidential resources across the University of Maine System
- Definitions of terms used in Title IX
- Form to fill out and submit a Title IX report (External Site)
- List of Deputy/Title IX Coordinators across the University of Maine System
- Non-confidential resources across the University of Maine System
- Title IX information for community members
- Title IX information for faculty and staff
- Title IX information for pregnancy and parenting
- University of Maine System Counseling Services
- “What to do if you have been assaulted” page
- “What to do if you have been accused” page