The University of Southern Maine is committed to providing a safe environment that promotes the dignity and worth of each member of the community.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. UMS, inclusive of all its campuses and faculties, does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable law, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, or other school-administered programs. For this reason, the University will not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or retaliation in any form. 

More information on Title IX-related Policies and Procedures can be found to the left.

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator ensures that students do not experience discrimination based on sex in the educational setting; that students who have been impacted by any form of interpersonal violence are supported, understand their options for reporting or responding to Title IX violations, and have access to appropriate resources – on or off-campus; that students who are pregnant or new parents are free from discrimination and have the support then need, and ensures that campus lactation spaces are available.

Dr. Sarah Holmes, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(207) 780-5767

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator works with students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence prior to their enrollment or during their time at USM. All services are available free of charge.

  • Available to meet with students, staff, faculty, and community members who believe interpersonal violence has occurred
  • Able to receive disclosures, reports, and formal complaints of Title IX violations
  • Provide resources and referrals to students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence
  • Support students who have experienced interpersonal violence, and students who are involved in an investigation process
  • Oversee any independent investigations or other responses to claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, or retaliation involving students

Additionally, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator will:

  • Support students who are pregnant and new parents
  • Provide training and other programming relevant to campus safety
  • Work with the Department of Athletics to ensure Title IX compliance
  • Consult with staff and faculty
  • Coordinate with the University of Maine System Title IX Coordinator