Immediate Assistance

If you need emergency assistance, please dial 911 for local police or (207) 283-0176 for UNE Security.

Violent or criminal conduct should be immediately reported to UNE Security: (207) 283-0176.

Sharing a Concern

We understand that there are times when a student’s learning experience may hit a rough spot. This may be personal, emotional, psychological, academic, involve substance abuse, or other challenges. We want each student to thrive at UNE and succeed in their pursuits. Your concern may be just one part of a negative experience a student is having and can alert us to intervene.

For emergencies or crimes in progress, call 911 or UNE Security at (207) 283-0176.

Any member of the UNE community, including students, faculty, professional staff, administrators, or parents/family can share a concern. Anonymous concerns will be accepted. Concerns can be shared in person, by phone, or by filing a report.

File a Report

Share a Concern by Phone or in Person

  • Division of Student Affairs: (207) 602-2372
  • Graduate and Professional Student Affairs: (207) 221-4212
  • Housing and Residential/Commuter Life: (207) 602-2272
  • Title IX Compliance Officer: (207) 221-4554

sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking

To report sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking for investigative purposes contact the Office of Safety and Security at (207) 602-2298 (non-emergencies only).

After a Concern is Shared

Concerns are reviewed by UNE professional staff appropriate to the type of concern. Professional staff may then reach out to students to investigate and offer assistance as necessary. Our goal is to help the student(s) overcome the issues at hand while maintaining a healthy and safe environment on campus. Immediate measures may be taken when a student is found to be making a threat of harm to themselves or others.

If you have decided to include your name and information, you may be contacted for more information or to clarify what you included in the report. Because of the sensitive nature of many situations, you will likely not hear about the outcome of the report you submitted. This is standard and protects student privacy. Information is shared only on a need-to-know basis.

UNE’s CARE Team is committed to promoting campus safety through a proactive and collaborative approach to assisting students who may be at risk. The team assesses and intervenes in situations that may pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community.  Comprised of professional staff across the University, the CARE Team coordinates information and develops support plans for students of concern. The CARE Team’s objective is to synchronize a network of resources focused on prevention and early intervention involving students experiencing distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors.

The primary purpose of sharing a concern is to help prevent any issues present from getting worse, especially when someone is perceived to be a danger to themselves or others. Students who reach out for assistance will typically not be subject to conduct action unless behaviors demonstrate the need. Behaviors that could arise in charges against someone include but are not limited to (a) unlawful distribution of alcohol or drugs; (b) sexual assault; (c) sexual harassment; (d) causing or threatening physical harm; (e) causing damage to property; and (f) hazing. Regardless of the situation, when you are concerned about someone’s well-being you should ask for help.

Terms Defined

Bias-related incident

The term “bias-related” refers to language and/or behaviors which demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, others’ actual or perceived: race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, creed, color, genetic information, physical or mental disability, HIV status, or status as a veteran.* Bias will be deemed an aggravating circumstance to any violation of the Policy and Conduct Code, regardless of its category. Consequently, bias-related violations may result in a more serious action up to, and including, permanent separation from the University.

Examples may include defacement of posters or signage, intimidating comments or messages, vandalism to personal or University property, or similar acts, if there is evidence that the target or victim was chosen because of a characteristic listed above. Please be aware, however, that just because the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it is not necessarily a bias-related incident. The University values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas and the expression of controversial ideas and differing views is a vital part of the University discourse. While this value of openness protects controversial ideas, it does not protect harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals which violate the Policy and Conduct Code.

Protected classes are defined by the University’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy.

Bias Incident Response Team

The Bias Incident Response Team is responsible for acting as UNE’s “first response” team when dealing with reported bias incidents. Additionally, in working closely with appropriate administrators, students, faculty, committees, organizations and offices BIRT plays an educational role in fostering inclusive campus climates and supporting targets individuals when bias and hate incidents occur. The team has broad membership in order to support and affirm the University’s educational mission and core value of Global Community and Diversity.

Campus climate

Also referred to as “campus culture,” the current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators, and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities, and potential.


Consent is informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. There is no consent if it results from the use of physical force, threats, intimidation, coercion, or the person giving consent is incapacitated. Consent, once freely and actively given, may be withdrawn at any time. Consent may never be obtained through the use of force, coercion, or intimidation or if the victim is mentally or physically disabled or incapacitated, including through the use of drugs or alcohol.

Hate crime

A hate crime is the violence of intolerance and prejudice, intended to hurt and intimidate, committed against a person, property or society that is motivated by an offender’s bias against a specific characteristic of an individual or a group because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age or physical or mental disability.

Hate crimes are criminal offenses that include acts such as physical assault, stalking, cyberstalking, criminal threatening, intimidation, terrorizing, criminal use of explosives, arson, vandalism or other damage to property, reckless conduct, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or hate mail.

All hate crimes are bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are hate crimes.

Sexual Misconduct

This is a broad term that includes any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature committed without consent or by force, coercion, or intimidation.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently sever, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program and/or activities and is based on power and the creation of a hostile environment.

Additional Resources

UNE Counseling Services
Biddeford: (207) 602-2549
Portland: (207) 221-4550

Student Health Center
Biddeford: (207) 602-2358
Portland: (207) 221-4242

Student Access Center
Biddeford: (207) 602-2815
Portland: (207) 221-4418

Title IX Resources
(207) 221-4554

Intercultural Student Engagement
(207) 602-2461

Global Education Program
(207) 602-2462