Resources

As part of MSU's commitment to a supportive atmosphere for students, faculty, staff and guests of all backgrounds, the university provides resources tailored to a variety of groups on campus, including those involved in processes under both the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Anti-Discrimination Policy. Resources for claimants, respondents and witnesses are also available below.


If you would like to file a report, you may do so via the Public Incident Reporting Form or by calling the Office of Institutional Equity at (517) 353-3922 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Information for Mandatory Reporters

    Where can I learn more about MSU's mandatory reporting obligations?

    Please review the University Reporting Protocol.

    Am I a mandatory reporter?

    All University employees, other than those listed below, have reporting obligation when the employee becomes aware of relationship violence, stalking, or sexual misconduct that involves a member of the University community (faculty, staff, or student) or occurring at a University event or on University property.

    • MSU Center for Survivors
    • MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Team
    • MSU Claimant and Respondent Representatives
    • MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
    • MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic
    • MSU Safe Place
    • MSU Health Promotion
    • MSU LBGT Resource Center
    • MSU Prevention, Outreach, and Education (POE)
    • MSU Employee Assistance Program
    • MSU Health Care Inc.
    • MSU Psychological Clinic
    • MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program
    • MSU Student Health Services
    • University Ombudsperson

    Where do I have to report?

    • Sexual and Relationship Violence: OIE and MSU Police
    • Sexual Harassment: OIE

    Note: filing a report with the Public Incident Reporting Form which includes your name, contact information, and all information you know about the incident (including any claimant, respondent, or witness names) will fully satisfy your mandatory reporting requirement.

    Are there any times when I don't have to report?

    Public awareness or activism events and other public forums at which students or employees disclose experiences with relationship violence, stalking, or sexual misconduct are not considered notice to the University for the purposes of this Policy unless the individual also initiates a complaint under this Policy (e.g., Take Back the Night, town hall meetings, focus groups, open forums, protests).

    What information do I have to give?

    You must report all relevant details about the alleged relationship violence or sexual misconduct that occurred on campus or at a campus-sponsored event, including the names of the affected individual, the accused individual, and any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time, and specific location of the incident.

    What if I am a University employee, but I learn about something in my personal capacity?

    You are only required to report relationship violence, stalking, or sexual misconduct of which you become aware in your capacity as a University employee, not in your personal capacity.

    What if the affected individual does not want me to report?

    If someone wants to tell you what happened, but also wants you to maintain confidentiality, you should tell them that the University will consider the request, but cannot guarantee confidentiality.  You may advise the individual that the details of the incident will be disclosed only to those officials with a legitimate institutional interest in knowing the information. In reporting the details of the incident to OIE, you must inform OIE of the individual's request for confidentiality. OIE will weigh the request for confidentiality against the University’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students and employees, including the affected individual.  More information about how OIE weighs those factors can be found in the RVSM and Title IX Policy.

    At times, in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for members of the campus community, the University may not be able to honor an individual's request for confidentiality. In such circumstances, OIE will inform the individual prior to starting an investigation and will share information only with people involved in the University’s investigation. The affected individual is not required to participate in the investigation.

    What if I am not a University employee but I have information about relationship violence, stalking, or sexual misconduct?

    Students or third parties who witness acts of relationship violence, stalking, or sexual misconduct perpetrated by a member of the University community (faculty, staff, or student) or occurring at a University event or on University property are strongly encouraged to report the information to OIE and the MSU Police.

    I am a faculty member or instructor.  Is there recommended language I can put in my syllabus to notify students that I am a mandatory reporter?

    (EXAMPLES OF RECOMMENDED LANGUAGE)


    Michigan State University is committed to fostering a culture of caring and respect that is free of relationship violence and sexual misconduct, and to ensuring that all affected individuals have access to services.  For information on reporting options, confidential advocacy and support resources, university policies and procedures, or how to make a difference on campus, visit the Title IX website at civilrights.msu.edu.

    Limits to confidentiality.  Essays, journals, and other materials submitted for this class are generally considered confidential pursuant to the University's student record policies.  However, students should be aware that University employees, including instructors, may not be able to maintain confidentiality when it conflicts with their responsibility to report certain issues to protect the health and safety of MSU community members and others.  As the instructor, I must report the following information to other University offices (including the Department of Police and Public Safety) if you share it with me:

    • Suspected child abuse/neglect, even if this maltreatment happened when you were a child;
    • Allegations of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment; and
    • Credible threats of harm to oneself or to others.

    These reports may trigger contact from a campus official who will want to talk with you about the incident that you have shared.  In almost all cases, it will be your decision whether you wish to speak with that individual.  If you would like to talk about these events in a more confidential setting, you are encouraged to make an appointment with the MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services.


    What if I have questions about whether I have to report something?

    Questions about whether a disclosure must be reported can be referred to the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Institutional Equity, the MSU Police Department, or the University Ombudsperson.

Office of Institutional Equity Resource Guide (pdf)

Provides a complete guide of resources for students, employees and unaffiliated individuals seeking support on matters related to the Anti-Discrimination Policy or the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Counseling and Psychiatry Services

(517) 355-8270
3rd Floor, Olin Health Services Building

Provides a full range of counseling and support group services to MSU students.

Employee Assistance Program

(517) 355-4506
110 Linton Hall

Provides emotional assistance to employees and their families as they attempt to work through life changes, expected and unexpected events, chronic physical and emotional health issues, and work/life balance concerns. Services are free and confidential.

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

(517) 353-9520
302 Student Services Building

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center leads and collaborates on university-wide initiatives that prepare students to thrive in our diverse world, and enhances the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by their sexuality or gender identity.

  • Information for Individuals Identifying as LGBTQ+

    I am being discriminated against or harassed based on my gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  Can I file a complaint with OIE?

    Yes.  The Anti-Discrimination Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment based on one's gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  This includes acts of intimidation or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

    "Gender identity" includes protection against gender stereotyping based on a person's gender expression. In other words, gender stereotyping is impermissible discrimination or harassment based on a failure to conform to stereotypical gender norms.  

    What is gender identity?

    A person’s internal knowledge of their own gender.

    What is gender expression?

    A person’s external presentation of themselves, whether through appearance or behavior, as masculine, feminine, or androgynous, for example. 

    How does MSU define discrimination or harassment?

    Discrimination is defined as inappropriate limitation of employment opportunity, access to University residential facilities, or participation in education, athletic, social, cultural, or other University activities on the basis of a protected category under the Anti-Discrimination Policy.

    Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct based on a protected category under the Anti-Discrimination Policy that is objectively and subjectively severe, persistent, or pervasive; and creates an unreasonable interference with the individual’s work or educational experience.

    What are some examples of discrimination and/or harassment based on gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation that are prohibited by MSU's policies?

    • Being made to use a bathroom that does not correspond with your gender identity
    • Being denied health care based on your gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation
    • Being told to dress in a way that conforms with another person's conception of how you should present your gender
    • Being called names or slurs based on the way you express or identify your gender or your sexual orientation
    • Being denied a work or educational opportunity because of the way you express or identify your gender or your sexual orientation
    • Being prevented from participating in any University activity (such as a club, group, study abroad program, sport, etc.) due to your gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation

    What if I want resources and information, but do not want OIE to investigate?

    OIE can direct you to places on-campus where you can seek information and help.  OIE can also help you get interim measures in place if you are being sexually harassed, and take other actions to remedy discrimination or harassment.  Depending on the facts of the specific situation, this might include:

    • Providing academic, housing, or employment accommodations
    • Providing additional training or education
    • Making campus or facility safety improvements
    • Reviewing policies or procedures
    • Reviewing reporting protocols with individual employees


    At times, in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for members of the campus community, OIE may not be able to honor a request for confidentiality. In such circumstances, OIE will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation and will share information only with people involved in the University’s investigation. The victim is not required to participate in the investigation.

    Additionally, you can contact the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center for additional information and support. (Please note: LBGT Resource Center staff are not confidential employees and are required to report incidents of sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexual misconduct to OIE and the MSU Police).

    Where can I talk to someone confidentially?

    If you would like to speak with someone confidentially about your reporting options or experience, please contact one of the following resources on campus:

    MSU Center for Survivors

    (517) 355-3551
    MSU Center for Survivors Website
    207 Student Services Building

    Provides counseling and support groups to MSU students. 24-hour hotline and advocacy services are offered to anyone in the greater Lansing community.

    MSU Safe Place

    (517) 355-1100
    MSU Safe Place Website

    Provides advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. All support services are free and confidential.

    MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services

    (517) 355-8270
    MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services
    3rd Floor, Olin Health Services Building

    Provides a full range of counseling and support group services to MSU students.

    Student Health Services

    (517) 353-4660
    Student Health Services Website  
    Click here for locations

    Olin Health Center is the primary health care facility for MSU students. Olin Health Center is home to primary care, psychiatry, allergy/immunizations, sports medicine, and health education services. Laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and physical therapy are also located at Olin. Students also have the option of receiving primary care services in the Neighborhood clinics located in Brody, Holden, Hubbard and McDonel halls.

    MSU Employee Assistance Program

    (517) 355-4506
    MSU Employee Assistance Program Website
    110 Linton Hall

    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service provided at no cost to MSU faculty, staff, retirees, graduate student employees, and their families.

    University Ombudsperson

    (517) 353-8830
    MSU Ombud Website 
    129 North Kedzie Hall

    The Office was established to assist students in resolving conflicts or disputes within the University. We also help staff members, instructors, and administrators sort through university rules and regulations that might apply to specific student issues and concerns. In addition to helping members of the MSU community resolve disputes, we also identify MSU policies that might need revision, and refer them to the appropriate academic governance committee.

    I am concerned about being retaliated against if I report the discrimination or harassment.

    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 for participating in the complaint or investigation process. If the University is made aware of retaliation against a claimant, witness, or respondent by other students, employees, or third parties, the University will immediately investigate to determine what has occurred and will take strong responsive action if any retaliation has occurred.

    Where can I find all-gender bathrooms on campus?

    The LBGT Resource Center maintains a campus restroom map

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3)

(517) 353-4563
444 Administration Building

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives leads and supports efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community, consistent with MSU's core values.

Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)

(517) 353-1720
105 International Center

The mission of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.

Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT)

(517) 353-7745
339 Student Services Building

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) constructs supportive cultural, social and educational communities that actively involve students in learning.  OCAT supports individual students in their navigation of cross-cultural encounters, and in their own understanding, exploration and development of cultural identity.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD)

(517) 884-7273
120 Bessey Hall

Leads Michigan State University in maximizing ability and opportunity for full participation by persons with disabilities. Assesses and documents disability, academic, and workplace needs. Builds and facilitates individual plans for reasonable accommodations/ Links individuals with technology, education, and resources. Extends independence through auxiliary aids, disability-related information, and self-advocacy.

Student Parent Resource Center

(517) 884-0146
University Village Community Center, Room 107

Student Veterans Resource Center

(517) 884-5973
8 Student Services Building

The Student Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, career, and personal advancement of service members and veterans at Michigan State University.

University Ombudsperson

(517) 353-8830
129 North Kedzie Hall

The Office was established to assist students in resolving conflicts or disputes within the University. We also help staff members, instructors, and administrators sort through university rules and regulations that might apply to specific student issues and concerns. In addition to helping members of the MSU community resolve disputes, we also identify MSU policies that might need revision, and refer them to the appropriate academic governance committee.

WorkLife Office

(517) 353-1635
116-118 Linton Hall

The WorkLife Office partners with the community to create an inclusive, responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in work and personal lives.

 

  • Claimant Resources and Support

    If you have experienced an incident of relationship violence or sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to get help regardless of when the incident occurred.  

    Confidential campus and community crisis support:

    • MSU Center for Survivors 24-hour Hotline: (517) 372-6666 
      • The MSU Center for Survivors is a free and confidential resource providing immediate crisis intervention and advocacy services to women and men who have been victims of rape or sexual assault.
      • The Center for Survivors also offers confidential referrals to community resources providing advocacy and support to individuals not affiliated with MSU.
    • MSU Safe Place Relationship Violence and Stalking Program
      • MSU Safe Place offers free and confidential resources for relationship violence and stalking, they are located on MSU's campus. 
      • MSU Safe Place also provides advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. 
    • End Violent Encounters (EVE) 24-hour Hotline:  (517) 372-5572
      • EVE is a confidential community-based program providing supportive services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

    Most of the resources listed are available at no cost. Resources are available even if you choose not to file a criminal or university complaint or participate in an investigation.

    Additional resources and information:

  • Respondent Resources and Support

    In an effort to support all students and employees engaged in the university review and investigation process, resources are available to those responding to complaints under the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

    Most of the resources listed are available at no cost.

    Additional resources and information:

  • Witness and Attorney Information Forms
  • Supporting Others

    Many sexual assault survivors feel helpless and alone; your support can make a big difference to someone who has been sexually assaulted. Below are suggestions for supporting friends, family members, students, and colleagues.

    Supporting a friend or family member

    • Let survivors know you want to be supportive. It doesn't matter so much what you say, but how you listen. Find time to be alone with them. Listen and don't interrupt.
    • Believe them.
    • Let them know you care, using expressions of support that are comfortable for you. Here are some examples that have worked for others:
      • I cried with my friend.
      • I said, "It sounds like you were scared."
      • I asked if I could hug him, and he said yes.
    • Reassure them that they are not to blame.
    • Let them control who knows about the sexual assault. Keep the conversation as private as possible.
    • Take care of yourself, too. Hearing about someone else's traumatic experience is upsetting, and it's hard to know how to balance your needs and feelings with the survivors' needs and feelings.

     

    Supporting a student, employee, community member

    If you are an employee and a student or colleague has disclosed that they were a victim of sexual assault or relationship violence, your response and support can make a big difference.

    MSU recognizes the complexities associated with fulfilling your mandatory reporting obligations as an employee while offering support and maintaining the relationship you have built with the student or employee. For this reason the university has created the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Reporting Guide to provide employees with information about the mandatory reporting process, including what happens when a report is made, as well as tips for responding and supporting students and employees.

    It is important for you and the individual you are supporting to know the mandatory reporting process is designed to connect individuals with resources, support, and information and to provide the individual with options for addressing the reported incident. Below are some quick tips for supporting a student or colleague.

    • Listen and offer help and support.
    • Be supportive, empathetic, and sensitive. Don't judge.
    • Encourage the person to seek medical attention and talk with a confidential resource for support.
    • Explain that you cannot promise confidentiality.
    • Make sure the individual is aware of your duty to report the information to authorized individuals who are trained to respond.
    • Encourage the person to preserve evidence, including any information related to the incident, in case they wish to pursue a criminal investigation either now or in the future.
    • Inform the person of his or her right to file a criminal complaint and/or seek an order of protection or other similar lawful order.
    • Tell the person about supportive services and resources available on campus, including confidential counseling and advocacy services.
    • Tell the person MSU offers a variety of interim and protective measures to assist students and employees.
    • Let students who report their concerns to you know that OIE and the MSU Police will not notify their parent or guardian unless they are a minor.
    • Respect privacy and tell only those who need to know for reporting purposes.

     

     

     

If you would like your office or program to be considered for inclusion as a resource on this page, please email us at oie.admin@msu.edu.