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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.  

What Is Sexual Assault?

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.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature when:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

How Do I Report Sexual Harassment/Assault?

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.

Sexual assault should also be reported to the MSU Police Department.

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It's On Us

Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct Policy

Relationship Violence &Sexual Misconduct Policy Summary 

Student Quick Guide - RVSM

Employee Quick Guide - RVSM

View the Presentation Slides for the RVSM Policy (PDF)

Two campus forums will be hosted to discuss the draft policy:

Thursday, September 18th: 12:30-2:00 Board Room (401 Administration Building)
Sunday, September 21st: 7:00-8:30pm McDonel Kiva (C107 McDonel)

Letter from President Simon

MSU Community Letter

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MSU's Title IX Coordinator

Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D.

Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Director, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

101 Olds Hall

East Lansing MI 48824

(517) 353-3922


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Title IX Coordinator

Sexual Harassment Policy

University Reporting Protocols on Sexual Assault / Child Abuse

Sexual Assault Resource Guide 

Interim ADP Hearings Board Procedures

FAQ’s Regarding Sexual Assault

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Contact Information


MSU’s commitment to the prevention of sexual harassment includes a commitment from every area on campus.  Therefore, starting in 2011, MSU has an appointee from every major academic and staff unit to serve as a liaison to the Title IX Coordinator’s Office.  The liaisons will receive special training and will be publically identified as a person to whom people can go in the unit for advice and referral in the event of an incident.

(SARV) Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program

MSU Sexual Assault Program - Counseling Center : (517) 355-3551(business line), (517) 372-6666 (24-hour crisis line)

Department of Student Life: 101 Student Services Building East Lansing, MI 48824 | (517) 355-8286

Police Department: 87 Red Cedar Road East Lansing, MI 48824 | (517)355-2221 | Emergencies 911


If you do not want to report sexual assault, but want to talk to someone confidentially, please contact the MSU Sexual Assault Program

The MSU Sexual Assault Program provides counseling and support groups to MSU students.  The Program’s 24-hour hotline and advocacy services are offered to anyone in the greater Lansing community.