About

The Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance is responsible for leadership of MSU’s civil rights compliance and efforts to cultivate a campus community that is free of discrimination and harassment. This includes oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity, and the Prevention, Outreach and Education Office. The Office for Civil Rights also coordinates with MSU entities that provide crisis and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. The office is also home to the university’s ADA coordinator.

Interim Associate Vice President 

Robert Kent serves as the interim associate vice president for the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance. As part of his role, Kent is responsible for the university’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which include oversight and implementation of the university’s Title IX policies and grievance procedures, monitoring the campus climate, and coordination of efforts across campus related to education, prevention, and training programs.

Title IX at MSU

Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Anti-Discrimination Policy expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes: 

  • Excluding, separating, denying benefits to, or otherwise treating a person differently on the basis of gender;
  • Sexual harassment. and 
  • Sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking,

Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.