How to File a Complaint

You have the right to file your complaint with the University, or with an external agency, or both. You may also file your report with local police. 

To report an incident to the University, you may file a complaint online (through It's On Us or 'CaneWatch), or in-person with the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The University also has Title IX Liaisons who can assist you with filing a complaint.

With limited exception, University employees must report any complaints of sex- or gender-based discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by anyone - faculty, staff, student or third party (including visitors, patients, applicants, vendors, others) - against a student, faculty or staff member of the University, to the Title IX Coordinator.

No employee is authorized to investigate or resolve sexual misconduct complaints without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator

Sexual Misconduct Complaint Process

The Title IX Coordinator will review your complaint, will oversee the investigative process, and will collaborate with the appropriate individuals/offices as necessary. If the incident was reported to the police, and to the University, the Title IX Coordinator will coordinate an administrative review of your complaint separate from any police investigation.

It is important that you provide a detailed description of the alleged discrimination and any other related information that would assist the University with the review of your complaint. You may choose to complete a complaint form (if available) or you may provide your own written statement of the incident.

All sexual misconduct complaints are processed in a manner to protect the confidentiality of all parties. Every effort to review a complaint will be handled in a manner that protects the privacy and confidentiality of all parties. However, a request for complete confidentiality may limit the extent to which a thorough investigation can be conducted. The University prohibits retaliation against individuals who file a complaint or who participate in the complaint process.

Any adverse action taken against an individual for making a good faith report of prohibited conduct or participating in any investigation or proceeding under this policy is prohibited. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging in activity protected under this policy. Retaliation is regarded as a basis for a separate complaint and can lead to further review and disciplinary action. 

If corrective/disciplinary action is necessary as a result of a finding against the respondent, applicable procedures under the University of Miami’s rules and regulations will be followed. A final written decision will be sent to the complainant and the respondent.

Confidentiality and Responsible Employee Reporting

The University is committed to providing Confidential Resources for individuals requesting complete confidentiality and to identify Responsible Employees to whom a complaint can be made. The individuals and offices listed below are “Confidential Resources” and are prohibited from breaching confidentiality unless (i) given permission to do so by the person who disclosed the information; (ii) there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others; (iii) the conduct involves suspected abuse of a person under the age of 18, or (iv) as required or permitted by law, court order, or this policy.

Confidential Resources:

Confidential Resources for Students include the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, the licensed clinical social worker in the Dean of Students Office, and members of the clergy in the different religious houses on campus.

Confidential Resources for Employees and Faculty include the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, and medical providers or licensed counselors at a University of Miami medical facility. 

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) volunteers are also considered Confidential Resources. However, under the Clery Act, the incident of Prohibited Conduct must be reported to the University of Miami Police Department solely for statistical purposes and the reporting requirements of the University’s annual security report. In such instances, the report to the University of Miami Police Department will not contain the names of the Complainants or Respondents.

Confidential Resources are not required to report any instances of Prohibited Conduct to the Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, or the University of Miami Police Department.

Responsible Employee Reporting:

Responsible Employees are those UM Employees and Faculty in a managerial, leadership, or supervisory position who have significant responsibility for the welfare of UM Students, Employees or Faculty. This group includes: managerial, supervisory or leadership employees or Faculty, Student Affairs including (Residential, Life resident advisors and area directors), Athletics (including team coaches and assistant coaches), Human Resources, Risk Management, and in each of the schools within UM.

Responsible Employees and Reporters are required to advise the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators of the Prohibited Conduct and share all details of the incident.

External Reporting Options:

Sexual misconduct complaints may also be filed directly with:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Atlanta Office
U.S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
Atlanta, GA 30303-8927
Telephone: (404) 974-9406 
Facsimile: (404) 974-9471
Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

Reporting Other Forms of Discrimination Not Covered by the Sexual Misconduct Policy:

For all other forms of discrimination, the following processes applies to the indicated groups:

Student ‐ Student (only) Complaint

Complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation by a University student against another University student shall be treated as a disciplinary matter and shall be reported to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs in the Dean of Students Office.

Student ‐ Faculty Complaint

Complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation by a faculty member against a student of the University shall be reported to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs or the Workplace Equity and Performance office. Both offices will collaborate with the appropriate individuals/other offices as necessary.

Student ‐ Administrator /Research Personnel / Employee Complaint

Complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation by an administrator/research personnel or staff employee against a student of the University shall be reported to the Workplace Equity and Performance office. The Workplace Equity and Performance office will collaborate with the appropriate individuals/offices as necessary.

Faculty ‐ Faculty (only) Complaint

Complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation by a faculty member, against another faculty member of the University shall be reported to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs or to the Workplace Equity and Performance office. Both offices will collaborate with the appropriate Dean /individuals/other offices as necessary.

Employee ‐ Employee Complaint

Complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation by an employee (including Administrator/Research Personnel/and Staff Employee), against another employee of the University shall be reported to the Workplace Equity and Performance office who will collaborate with the appropriate Dean/ Vice President /individuals/other offices as necessary.