Anti-bias/Discrimination & Harassment, Sexual Assault, Counseling, etc.

Division of Student Affairs & Services Culture & Identity Offices
Culture and identity program at Michigan State University create a welcoming, safe environment in which all students and their families thrive. These offices and programs include: Fraternity & Sorority Life, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center; MOSAIC: The Multicultural Unity CenterOCAT (Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions), RCPD (Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, Student Parent Resource Center, and Student Veterans Resource Center.

Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
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 Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance
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.

Office of Institutional Equity
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) reviews concerns related to discrimination and harassment based on age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and weight under the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP) and Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM). OIE staff is available to provide information on the policies, connect MSU community members to resources, investigate complaints, and provide training.

The Prevention, Outreach and Education (POE) Department
The Prevention, Outreach and Education (POE) Department promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating members of the MSU campus community on sexual assault and relationship violence, eliminating violence on campus, empowering staff, faculty and students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively affecting social change.For more information on our prevention education programs, please review our 2018-2019 Annual Report. 

Center for Survivors
The Center for Suvivors (formerly known as MSU Sexual Assault Program/MSU SAP) responds to those impacted by sexual violence and works to create a community free of violence and oppression.

Center for Survivors is honored to work with sexual assault survivors and all others who are impacted by sexual violence. We provide counseling and support groups to MSU students. Our 24-hour hotline and advocacy services are offered to anyone in the greater Lansing community. Please visit the Services section to learn more.

MSU Our Commitment
MSU is committed to achieving the highest standards in assuring patient care and safety; preventing relationship violence and sexual misconduct; providing supportive services to students, staff, and faculty experiencing these issues; and responding in a trauma-informed manner to reports of such incidents. The university is working with internal and external experts to improve policies, procedures, programs, and operations.

Culture of Support
MSU is striving to create a trauma informed culture and to help our community respond to survivors of relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and/or stalking in an informed and caring way.

Sometimes determining what to do next is difficult. Review the options below for which could be the most relevant to the current situation and learn what programs at MSU might be the most helpful.

MSU’s Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
MSU Counseling & Psychiatric Services, CAPS, is the new place on campus for students seeking help for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress management, homesickness, adjustment or acculturation, relationships, gender identity and sexual orientation (LBGTQ) concerns, substance abuse, trauma, eating or body image concerns, and other personal mental health concerns.  CAPS combines the services of the former MSU Counseling Center and former Olin Psychiatry Clinic to provide improved access for students. Additional services will be available in the Neighborhood Engagement Centers, and the MSU Union building.

MSU Police Report a Crime
If you feel you are a victim of a crime, observed suspicious behavior, or see a crime occurring, please contact the MSU Police Department and be a great witness by taking mental notes about what you see and what you know.

MSU Police (Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Commitment)
Michigan State University has a policy that prohibits relationship violence and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is responsible for enforcement of the university’s policy, while the MSU Police Department handles the criminal investigation.

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