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Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Response Team, UMBC’s Voices Against Violence, and Other Important Resources

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Response Team (SARVT) is comprised of representatives from University Counseling Services, University Health Services, Residential Life, The Women’s Center, The Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Police, The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, and others to ensure a coordinated effort is being made with regard to both prevention and victim service response. Confidentiality with regard to victim service response is highly respected at all stages in these meetings. This team of individuals works to make sure that UMBC community members are trained as first responders in a victim response situation, or can make a referral to University Counseling Services or the TurnAround, Inc. Helpline after hours.

The Voices Against Violence program seeks to create a safe and supportive community for women and men. The program provides two key services: to address several aspects of sexual and domestic violence from an educational and preventive approach, and to further a coordinated collaboration with all members of the university community to respond and educate about every aspect of sexual violence. The Voices Against Violence Program Coordinator is Ms. Rina Rhyne, MSW, LGSW. Her office is located within University Health Services, Ground Floor of Erickson Hall and she can be reached at 410-455-3748.

The VAV program also offers a VAV Support Group to all students at UMBC impacted by sexual violence. For more information on the group email

To be directly taken to the response protocol for faculty and staff, click here.

Additional Campus Resources:

Relationship Violence Awareness & Prevention (RVAP)
UMBC Campus Police: Campus Police: 410-455-5555
Escort Service (via the UMBC police): 410-455-3133
University Health Services: 410-455-2542 (located in Erickson Hall)
University Counseling Center: 410-455-2472
UMBC’s Title IX Coordinator


Important UMBC Policies: 

UMBC’s Code of Student Conduct which includes definitions for stalking, effective consent, & sexual exploitation (sections AA, AB, & AC)
UMBC’s Interim Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct
University System of Maryland’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct


The Women’s Center also offers specific programming and events throughout the year related to promote a survivor-responsive campus and bring awareness to interpersonal violence. Workshops and events include:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
Relationship Violence Awareness Month (October)
Take Back the Night (every April)
The Clothesline Project (every April and October)
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus workshop (offered several times throughout the year or by request)