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Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resources

Sexual harassment, assault, and violence have no place in our community. If you are in need of assistance, there are resources available for you on campus, and we will also help you to access off-campus resources. Use the accordion menu and links below to find on-campus and off-campus resources, report an incident, or file a complaint.

Maine Maritime Academy is committed to maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Sexual harassment, assault, and violence have no place in our community.

If you are in need of assistance, there are resources available for you on campus.

MMA’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth True, can help you:

  • learn about and understand your options
  • file an official complaint
  • request medical attention or to have evidence collected at the hospital
  • request supportive measures such as a no-contact order, changing classes or housing

Elizabeth True
Title IX Coordinator
elizabeth.true@mma.edu
(207) 326-2659

If you need immediate assistance, please contact MMA’s Campus Safety office by email at campussafety@mma.edu or by phone at (207) 326-2479. If would like a callback from the Title IX Coordinator, please provide a number for a callback.

If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911.

Title IX Committee

MMA’s Title IX Committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from across campus.

Faculty and staff representation includes: Elizabeth True, VP Student Affairs and Enrollment, Title IX Coordinator; Janet Acker, Kelly Gualtieri, Jennifer Norwood, Taylor Martin, Bryce Potter, Dana Polojärvi, Carrie Margrave, Deidra Davis, John Cashman, Joceline Boucher, Stephen Peed, Emily Baer, Nicholas Starbird, Tricia Carver, Christine Skwiot, Patrick Lorenz, Pamela Dewell

Student representation includes: Roxanna MacGregor, Bryant Peterson, Maureen Stanton, Briana Mays, John Watt, Patrick Cloud

Counseling Services

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday | 8 AM to 4 p.m.
Wednesday | 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We are offering remote counseling only at this time and walk-in appointments are not available.

If you have questions regarding MMA’s Counseling Services or would like to make an appointment, please contact Paul Ferreira, MSW, LCSW, Counselor, and Prevention Education Coordinator, at (207) 326-2419. You may also email counseling@mma.edu. If you would prefer to meet with a female counselor, please indicate so when contacting counseling services.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Department

If you would like to request assistance from the Hancock County Sheriff’s department but would like MMA staff to help you coordinate contact or support you through that process, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator will help you contact the HCSD so they can send an officer to initiate a report.

If you would like to seek assistance outside of Maine Maritime Academy, there are several resources in the local community to support your needs.

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MeCASA) provides a 24-hour statewide sexual assault crisis and support line. If you would like to:

  • learn about options
  • access a victim’s advocate or counselor
  • request medical attention or to have evidence collected at the hospital
  • file a police report

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 1-800-871-7741

MeCASA also offers online chat support with patient advocates throughout the week, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., at https://www.mecasa.org/online-help.html

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office

To contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, please call (207) 667-8866.

50 State Street, Suite 10
Ellsworth Maine 04605

If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911.

Northern Light Eastern Maine

To seek immediate medical attention, you can go directly to the hospital. In our region, only Northern Light Eastern Maine in Bangor has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) on staff who can collect evidence; call in advance to assure that a SANE nurse is on duty.

489 State St., Bangor
(207) 973-7000

Next Step Shelter

If you are the victim of domestic violence or stalking and need to request confidential assistance, contact the Next Step Shelter in Ellsworth.

1-800-315-5579
https://www.nextstepdvproject.org

AMHC Sexual Assault Services: Drop-in Sessions

Drop in to ask questions, gather information, or just talk with an advocate about what you are experiencing. All services are free and confidential for students, faculty, and staff.

Please be aware that AMHC is not affiliated with Maine Maritime Academy.  Speaking with the advocate at AMHC is a confidential, off-campus interaction. If you wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct to Maine Maritime Academy, please contact MMA’s Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth True, at elizabeth.true@mma.edu.

Office Hours:
Virtual Office hours will resume this fall; be check back then for our session schedule and link.

Submitting a report via this form does not mean you are submitting a formal complaint to the MMA Title IX Coordinator. Submitting an anonymous report provides the Academy with important information regarding the prevalence of sexual misconduct on campus; however, the Academy is unable to investigate or act upon such information. If you choose to provide contact information, the Title IX Coordinator will follow up with information about options and offer supportive measures. Providing your contact information is not the same as filing a formal complaint with MMA’s Title IX Coordinator. That is one of the options that will be offered to you.
This form may be used to submit reports of incidents of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct or domestic violence. Examples might include unwelcome sexual contact or advances; sexual assault; unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature communicated verbally, physically, or through social media; stalking; domestic violence; or exclusion from an activity based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Yes, you can. Witnesses or those who have been told of an incident of sexual harassment or misconduct can report such incidents via this form or by contacting MMA’s Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth True, at elizabeth.true@mma.edu.

The intent of this form is not to collect your information if you wish to remain anonymous, but to gather information about incidents at MMA. This form does not collect any identifying information unless directly provided in the form by the submitter, including identifying computer information such as IP address.

This form does not require the submitter to be on the Maine Maritime Academy network.

Reports made through this form are available only to the Title IX Coordinator and Investigators. If you choose to remain anonymous, the information in the report will be added to statistics and data collection and, if the incident is considered a “reportable” crime under the Clery Act, will be included in the Academy’s crime statistics.

If you provide contact information, the Title IX Coordinator will contact you regarding resources and options.

The Title IX Coordinator and Investigators are committed to honoring your privacy in this process and only sharing information on a need-to-know basis.

Should you decide to file a formal complaint, the information in the report will be shared with one of the Title IX Investigators who will investigate the complaint. Only the Academy staff involved in Title IX investigations have the ability to view the information in the report form.
If you filed an anonymous report, you may file a follow-up report and indicate that this is linked to your initial report and not a separate incident. If you provide your contact information, you can share this additional information with the Title IX Coordinator or Investigator.
To file a formal complaint with MMA’s Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth True, please contact her at elizabeth.true@mma.edu or 207-326-2659.

MMA’s response to Title IX complaints is described in MMA Policies/ Procedure 201.1 and 604.

How to File a Title IX Complaint

  • Contact the Title IX Coordinator or Investigator (contact information listed below)
  • Contact Campus Safety at 207-326-2479
  • Review Policy 201.2 regarding MMA’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures

MMA will do its best to keep a complaint of discrimination confidential; however, the Academy has an obligation to investigate the complaint and during the course of the investigation may disseminate information concerning the complaint to those who have a need to know.

How to request confidential assistance after a sexual assault without making a Title IX Complaint

  • Counseling Services
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wednesday | 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    We are offering remote counseling only at this time and walk-in appointments are not available. If you have questions regarding MMA’s Counseling Services or would like to make an appointment, please contact Paul.Ferreira@mma.edu, MSW, LCSW, Counselor, and Prevention Education Coordinator, at (207) 326-2419. You may also email counseling@mma.edu. If you would prefer to meet with a female counselor, please indicate so when contacting counseling services.
  • Contact Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MeCASA) 24 hour statewide sexual assault crisis and support line: 1-800-871-7741

Title IX Coordinator
Elizabeth True
202 Leavitt Hall
207-326-2659
Elizabeth.True@mma.edu

Title IX Investigator
Deidra Davis
Curtis Hall
207-326-2138
Deidra.Davis@mma.edu

 

POLICY 201.2: Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure

Read Policy

POLICY 604: Student Sexual Misconduct and Assault, Stalking, and Relationship Violence

Purpose: To define and proscribe non-consensual sexual activities, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence not governed by Title IX.
Read Policy

Training of Title IX Coordinator and Investigator

Amnesty policy:

Students who report a complaint of sexual misconduct are not held responsible for any violations of the Academy’s alcohol policy that they may disclose as part of the sexual assault investigation.

Title IX Audit Report

In Fall 2020, Maine Maritime Academy engaged the services of an outside legal firm to conduct an audit of our policies, procedures, and practices regarding Academy responses to allegations of sexual assault and to conduct a review of recent cases. Allen Kropp, an attorney at Drummond Woodsum who formerly worked for the federal Office of Civil Rights and has extensive expertise in Title IX compliance, conducted the audit.

To be clear, this is a legal review of our Title IX policies, procedures, and practices to determine if we are complying with the law. A separate Culture of Respect Collective (CRC) was launched to explore our current climate, assess where we are, and identify areas for improvement. This two-year NASPA sponsored Culture of Respect Collective guides MMA through a comprehensive audit of our campus culture and develops a plan to address systemic issues of inequity at MMA.

While the audit report does not directly address culture, it contains insightful observations and provides clear recommendations. The Title IX Advisory Committee and the administration are reviewing the recommendations and will develop a timeline for implementation.

Read Audit Report