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Academic and Behavioral Misconduct

In order to maintain an environment conducive to educational excellence, the College of Southern Maryland has identified behaviors that are in opposition to this goal. The academic and behavioral expectations for our students are discussed in greater detail within the Student Code of Conduct. The College encourages faculty, staff, and students to report all incidents that may violate the college’s academic or behavioral standards.

If you believe a violation of the academic or behavioral standards has occurred, you may submit an incident report to Student Conduct here.

Student of Concern

The college is especially concerned about any behaviors and activities that are disruptive to the mission of the college and potentially harmful to members of the college community. Concerning behaviors may or may not be violations of the Student Code of Conduct, but give general concern for the safety of the individual or of others. Behaviors may be erratic, aggressive, indicate potential to harm self or others, drastic changes in behavior, or indicate substance abuse.

If you have observed behaviors that give you cause to be concerned, please report to the Behavior Review Team here.

Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence

Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by federal and state discrimination laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and is strictly prohibited by CSM. Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic and Dating Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation are acts that fall into this category.

The college has resources available to assist survivors of these acts. To report these behaviors to the college please submit a report to the Title IX Coordinator here.

Discrimination

The College of Southern Maryland prohibits harassment of its employees, students, or visitors based on gender, sexual orientation, race, age, color, religion, disability, marital status, or national origin. Retaliation against those who allege such harassment is strictly prohibited. Complaints alleging discrimination are investigated and resolved through the Institutional Equity and Diversity Department.

If you have experienced discrimination, harassment, or an act of retaliation, please fill out the complaint form here.

Section 504/ADAA Grievance Procedures

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits the exclusion of people from jobs, services, activities, or benefits based on disabilities. In addition, Section 504 states that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Further, it specifically ensures that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.

Consistent with its nondiscrimination policy, the College of Southern Maryland has made many accommodations to facilitate a fully accessible, to the extent possible, barrier-free environment. The College of Southern Maryland will, upon disclosure, attempt to make other reasonable accommodations if appropriate. Employee or applicant requests for ADA accommodations are handled in accordance with the Access for Employees with Disabilities policy: HR: 4005. Students requesting accommodations based on a disability should follow the Procedures for Requesting Reasonable Accommodations.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against, in violation of the Act, should follow the procedures described here.