Sexual Misconduct

Harford Community College will not tolerate sexual misconduct by anyone -- employees, students, contractors, or any person on campus or involved with College-related activities. The College has implemented specific measures to ensure that all allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated and resolved in a timely, discreet, fair and impartial manner.


Things you can do to stay safe:

  • Educate yourself and know what to watch for.
  • Be alert. There may be warning signs that make you uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of others consent. – Trust yourself and your feelings if you feel pressured for sex or intimacy.
  • Be clear and assertive in saying "NO!" and "STOP!"
  • Leave if you can by calling others, making excuses to get away, or looking for an escape route.
  • Be careful with drugs and alcohol. Don't accept drinks from strangers and never leave a drink unattended.
  • Stick with your friends and watch out for one another.


How you can safely intervene if you are a witness to sexual misconduct:

  • Get HCC Public Safety or the local Police involved.
  • Ask a friend in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave.
  • Ask a victim if they are okay.
  • Talk with friends about confronting gender based violence.
  • Don't laugh at sexist jokes or comments.
  • Speak up when your hear people making statements that blame victims.
  • Look out for friends at parties and bars.

Get Help

Protection is available:

  • Assistance re-arranging class schedule.
  • Assistance arranging for an incomplete or withdrawl from a course.
  • Assistance with arranging alternate HCC employment.
  • Issuance of "no contact" orders.
  • HCC Public Safety on-campus escort services.

Contacts: a list of Contacts and Resources information is provided. If you have a question or need help, please call.


If you have experienced sexual violence: Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Prompt reporting is important in order to maximize the ability to obtain evidence, identify potential witnesses, and conduct a thorough, prompt, and impartial investigation.

Confidentiality: HCC will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond in a manner consistent with a student's confidentiality request.

Amnesty: Students who report incidents of sexual misconduct will not be held responsible for related drug and alcohol Student Code of Conduct violations.

All incidents of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator by calling 443-412-2233 and may also be reported to HCC Public Safety by calling 443-412-2272. See additional Contacts and Resources.

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.

Title IX Legislation:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education has released new regulations regarding Title IX. The new regulations go into effect on August 14, 2020. Our Title IX Team in coordination with other key areas will make sure that our policies and procedures align with the new federal regulations, along with Maryland state laws, and our core institutional values. The following link summarizes the major provisions of the Title IX final rule: