iSchool Commitment to a Harassment-Free Community

iSchool Commitment to a Harassment-Free Community


Statement by Dean Marzullo shared with iSchool Faculty, Staff, and Students on February 6, 2018:

A recent Daily Beast article has prompted me to address our iSchool community and to firmly reiterate our commitment to a culture and community that is free of sexual misconduct. 
 
First, I wanted to clarify: No one at the iSchool would have knowingly hired someone with a history of sexual misconduct, and we do not condone the behavior described in the piece. Professor Weinstein's employment period here in 2010 was brief, and he was ultimately terminated. We are prohibited from saying more, due to the confidential nature of personnel records. 
 
To underscore, reporting, investigating, and subsequently holding community members accountable for sexual misconduct is of the highest priority for the iSchool and the university. This is an important opportunity to remind our community of the resources available to report any concerns regarding sexual misconduct.
 
1.  If you are in a situation in which you feel threatened, call the University of Maryland Police Department at (301) 405-3555 or dial #3333 from a cell phone. For more information, go to http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/.
 
2.  You can register an official complaint about bias or discrimination with the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM). The online reporting link to report allegations of sexual misconduct is http://ter.ps/reportsm. For more information about your rights, reporting options and available resources, see http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/. 
 
3. All faculty and staff supervisors are required to report sexual misconduct that they are aware of or becomes known to them to the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM), http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/
 
4.  The Counseling Center provides free and confidential support to registered UMD students. To make an appointment, call (301) 314-7651 or go to the reception desk in Shoemaker Building. After-hours crisis consultation is available by calling (301) 314-7651. For more information, see http://counseling.umd.edu/.
 
5.  The Faculty Staff Assistance Program provides free counseling for UMD staff and faculty. To make an appointment, go to http://health.umd.edu/fsap
 
I am available to personally meet with anyone who would like to discuss this further. You may also contact Brian Butler (Senior Associate Dean, bsbutler@umd.edu), Susan Winter (Associate Dean for Research, sjwinter@umd.edu), or Doug Oard (Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, oard@umd.edu) as an alternative to meeting with me. And a special thanks to all who have reached out to raise these important issues with us. Your perspective is greatly appreciated. 
 
Respectfully,
 
Keith
 
Keith Marzullo, Dean and Professor (he/him/his)
University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool)