2013-14 Catalogs

Student Support & Campus Conduct Policies

Community Standards

The Office of Community Standards administers the Student Conduct Process. Through the Student Code of Conduct, the office maintains community standards of behavior that support the University's educational mission, promote students' academic achievement, and protect the rights of University community members. Violations of state or federal law and/or a University policy or regulation, will be addressed through student conduct action and/or action through the appropriate criminal/civil process.

FMI (including a copy of the Student Conduct Code): (207) 780-5242,http://usm.maine.edu/ocs, or visit 125 Upton Hall on the Gorham Campus.

Campus Safety Project

The Campus Safety Project is a university-wide effort to promote healthy relationships by providing prevention education and response training on sexual assault, stalking, and relationship abuse for students, faculty, and staff and coordinating campus and community-based programs and services.

FMI:http://usm.maine.edu/campussafetyproject/overview including details regarding on-campus sexual assault and relationship violence advocacy support.

Diversity & Inclusiveness

Take advantage of opportunities to celebrate our community and to explore the broad diversity of background, traditions and points of view that makes the USM campuses so vibrant. The work of the Centers and programs below are grounded in an understanding and celebration of our diverse community which includes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions & spiritual traditions, socioeconomic classes, and sexual orientations.

The Center for Sexualities & Gender Diversity

132 Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus, (207) 780-5767

The Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity seeks to ensure a University environment that is positive, safe, and supportive for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (GLBTQA) community. The Center oversees the USM Safe Zone Project, a program that conveys an inclusive message to the University community. Safe Zone Project volunteers attend a short orientation program and then display a rainbow-striped sticker with the words "safe zone USM." This shows that they are committed to being identified as safe and supportive contacts for GLBTQA students, faculty, and staff members.

Interfaith Chaplaincy

23 Brighton Ave, Portland Campus, (207) 228-8091

The Chaplaincy offers programs and services to support religious and spiritual life in all its expressions. Associate chaplains sponsored by their respective faith communities offer services to students and student groups in religious or spiritual traditions, and work together to offer programs encouraging spiritual life and interfaith dialogue. A space is provided for reflection, meditation, or prayer for individuals and groups.

Office of Equity & Compliance, 209 Deering Street, Portland Campus

(207) 780-5510

The Office of Equity and Compliance is committed to ensuring that all units of the University foster a respectful, inclusive, and fair campus environment, free from discrimination and harassment. The Office oversees the University's compliance with affirmative action, sexual harassment, disability, and other civil rights statutes and policies, and assists search committees in conducting equitable processes in the recruitment of faculty and staff. The goal of the Office is to prevent discrimination or harassment from occurring and to provide an effective means of raising and promptly resolving complaints. If an individual has a question, concern, or complaint about discriminatory harassment or to request a copy of the policy or more information, he or she should contact the Office at (207) 780-5510.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus, (207) 780-4006

Multicultural Student Affairs is the home of the Multicultural Center, the North American Indian Tuition Waiver and Scholarship Program, and the Culture Beat newsletter. The Center helps create community for racially and/or ethnically underrepresented students, where cultural activities and celebrations occur and affiliated student organizations meet. Through its programming, the Center explores critical issues about race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and culture. The Center is open to the entire USM community. However, the Center has a unique role with regard to the support of students from marginalized communities and cultures.

Veterans' Resource Center

Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus, (207) 780-5232

The Veterans' Resource Center serves veterans, servicemembers, and their families, who are accessing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, often referred to as the GI Bill.

Women & Community Center

Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus, (207) 780-4996

The Women & Community Center offers a safe, comfortable, and relaxing space for women to meet each other, engage in discussion, and explore the numerous resources, programs, activities, and groups available. The Resource Center provides outreach to the diversity of women at USM in the form of programming, consultation, trainings, and leadership development. The Center also is the home of an extensive lending library of books and articles about a variety of issues as well as women's history, feminist philosophy, fiction by women, and much more.

Policies

For additional information about these general student policies or a copy of any policy, please contact the Office of the Chief Student Affairs Officer at (207) 780-4035 or by email at craigh@usm.maine.edu.