Policies

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) reviews all concerns at the university related to two MSU policies: the Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct. In addition, OIE reviews reasonable accommodation appeals under MSU's Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy.

Michigan State University is committed to an inclusive atmosphere where students, faculty, staff, and guests may participate in university life without concerns of discrimination. Diversity is one of MSU’s principal strengths and the university takes its responsibility under federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination very seriously. For information about applicable laws and university policy please see the Michigan State University Notice of Non-Discrimination.

Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP)

The Anti-Discrimination Policy, or ADP, outlines the types of prohibited discrimination and harassment at MSU. Under the ADP, university community members are prohibited from engaging in acts which discriminate against or harass any university community member on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or weight.

Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy

MSU has established the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy in keeping with the university's commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive campus community.

The policy, administered by OIE, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual harassment, including gender-based harassment, sexual assault/misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

For complete information, including definitions contained in the policy, read the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

  • Retaliation

    MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits retaliation against individuals who provide information to the university, bring forth a complaint or who are asked to cooperate in an investigation.

    Even if you choose not to participate in the university's investigation process, you have a right to be protected from retaliation related to the information you share with MSU. This provision remains in effect even if the university finds that no violation of the policy occurred and MSU will take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.

    • Retaliation is defined as an adverse action or adverse treatment against an individual involved in an investigation by an individual who knew of the individual's participation in the investigation.
    • If a claimant or witness believes that she or he is being subjected to retaliation (including retaliatory harassment), she or he should promptly contact OIE.

    Additionally, federal civil rights laws, including Title IX, make it unlawful for the university to retaliate against an individual who brings concerns about possible civil rights violations to its attention. It is also unlawful for the university to retaliate against an individual (such as a witness) for participating in the complaint or investigation process. If MSU is made aware of retaliation against a complainant, witness or respondent by other students, employees or third parties, the university immediately will investigate to determine what has occurred and take strong responsive action in cases of retaliation.

  • Investigation process

    During the investigation process, the OIE investigator remains impartial and is neither an advocate nor an adversary with respect to the claimant, the respondent, or other parties involved in the investigation. OIE conducts each investigation in an impartial, fair, prompt, reliable, adequate and unbiased manner.

    To review a step-by-step summary of the investigation process, review the University Procedures.

  • Procedures

    Please see University Procedures for more information.

  • Student rights

    In partnership with OIE, the Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Office (SCCRO) is charged with adjudicating alleged violations of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy, including issuing sanctions and interventions.

    For more information on:

    • Student Disciplinary Procedures
    • Possible sanctions/interventions
    • Information on the appeals process
    • Student rights within the student conduct process

    Please review the following documents:


    For additional information about your rights, access the U.S. Department of Education: Know Your Rights Summary.

  • University reporting protocols: Child abuse, sexual assault and child pornography

    The university strives to offer a safe and supportive learning and working environment for all individuals. In support of that goal, the university has established reporting protocols for its employees and volunteers with respect to child abuse, sexual assault and child pornography. For more information, review the University Reporting Protocols: Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Child Pornography.

Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy

The Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against a qualified individual with a disability. The policy describes the process for seeking reasonable accommodations to ensure equal employment opportunities and equal access to university programs, services, and facilities.

Protocols

A protocol for coordination was designed to clarify the working relationship among the MSU's OIE, Academic Human Resources, Office of Employee Relations in Human Resources and unit leadership.