Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct
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. Relationship violence and sexual misconduct subvert the mission of the University and offend the integrity of the University community.
Relationship violence 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 Misconduct. The MSU Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy (RVSM) prohibits all forms of relationship violence and sexual misconduct including sexual assault.
MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy apply to all members of the University community -- faculty, staff, and students. The Policy also prohibits sexual misconduct by third parties toward members of the University community.
What Is Relationship Violence?
Relationship violence is a broad term that encompasses domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
What Is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct is a broad term that encompasses sexual harassment and sexual violence
Actual, attempted or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault can be a violation of MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct 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 relationship violence/ sexual misconduct are investigated and handled pursuant to the University’s Policy. The Chart below illustrates reporting Protocol. (Click chart to enlarge)