Sexual Harassment / Assault
Michigan State University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and that supports educational and career advancement on the basis of job and academic performance. Sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking subvert the mission of the University and offend the integrity of the University community.
Sexual assault is not only an act of physical violence, but an attack on one's sense of safety, well-being and dignity. It is not tolerated at Michigan State University.
Sexual assault is a form of sexual harassment. The MSU Sexual Harassment Policy prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual assault.
MSU's Sexual Harassment Policy applies to all members of the University community -- faculty, staff, and students. The Policy also prohibits sexual harassment by third parties toward members of the University community.
Actual, attempted or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault can be a violation of MSU's Sexual Harassment Policy. It can also be a crime under the Michigan Penal Code.
Unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such behavior is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment or status in a course, program, or activity; or
- submission to or rejection of such behavior is used as a basis for a decision affecting an individual's employment or participation in a course, program, or activity; or
- such behavior is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that a reasonable person would find that it:
a. alters the terms or conditions of a person's employment or educational experience, or
b. unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or performance in a course, program, or activity, thus creating a hostile or abusive working or educational environment.
Complaints of sexual harassment/assault are investigated and handled pursuant to the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy.
- If the alleged harasser is a faculty or staff member, the complaint should be made, orally or in writing, to the alleged harasser's unit administrator or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
- If the alleged harasser is the unit administrator, the complaint should be made, orally or in writing, to the unit administrator's superior or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
- If the alleged harasser is a student, the complaint should be made to the Department of Student Life or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
- If the alleged harasser is a third party, the complaint should be made to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.