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Reporting Possible Violations of Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct (RVSM)  

Reportable conduct includes relationship violence, sexual misconduct, stalking, and retaliation.

You can find more information via University Reporting Protocol

Mandatory reporters are required to submit a report HERE  

Find out if you are a mandatory reporter here 

Questions about RVSM can contact Debra Martinez at OIE.DebraMartinez@msu.edu 

Reporting Possible Violations of Anti-Discrimination (ADP)  

Under this policy, reportable conduct includes: 

Discrimination against any University community member(s) through inappropriate limitation[iii] of employment opportunity[iv], access to University residential facilities, or participation in education, athletic, social, cultural, or other University activities on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity[v], disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight; or 

Harass any University community member(s) 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. 

Possible violations of MSU ADP Policy should be reported here 

For more information, review MSU ADP User's Manual  

Questions about ADP can contact Nicole Schmidtke at OIE.NicoleSchmidtke@msu.edu

Who to contact in NatSci if you have a concern

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
    • If you have concern related to DEI or not sure where to report, please contact the Assistant Dean for DEI at natsci.dei@msu.edu
  • Undergraduate Students
    • If you are an undergraduate student or your concern is related to an undergraduate student, contact Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynmarie Posey (poseyl@msu.edu).
  • Graduate Students
    • If you are a graduate student or your concern is related to a graduate student, contact Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Richard Schwartz (schwart9@msu.edu).
  • Faculty, Academic Specialists, Postdocs
    • Contact Associate Dean for Faculty Development Cheryl Sisk (sisk@msu.edu). You can also contact the NatSci Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA).
  • Research Misconduct
    • If you have a concern related to research misconduct, please contact the Associate Dean of Research at erichegg@msu.edu

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

Employees are only required to report relationship violence and sexual misconduct of which they become aware in their capacity as a university employee, not in a personal capacity. 

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).

MSU and the College of Natural Science treat mandatory reporting seriously.

Potential violations of the mandatory reporting policy will be investigated by the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). Individuals who violate University Reporting protocol may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. 

Additional Conflict Resolution Resources  

MSU Dean of Students Office   

The Dean of Students Office supports student success by ensuring a civil and inclusive learning environment based on academic and personal integrity. All community members have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining, and fostering a commitment to our shared values, ethical decision-making, and personal and collective excellence. The Dean of Students Office supports personal and community accountability and addresses conduct inconsistent with the Spartan Code of Honor with honesty, respect, and fairness. 

MSU Office of the University Ombudsperson  

Whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff, the Office of the University Ombudsperson offers a confidential place to discuss both academic and nonacademic concerns including, administrative issues, workplace issues, or any concern that may relate to Michigan State University students. We also interpret and explain university policies and procedures. Here, you can speak freely because the Office of the University Ombudsperson offers an environment where you can talk with a confidential and impartial resource about a complaint, conflict, or problem. You can find more information about their services HERE or fill out the Problem/Concern form.  

If your concern is not addressed in 48 hours, contact via e-mail at ombud@msu.edu or (517) 353-8830 as well.

Faculty Grievance & Dispute Resolution Office

The Faculty Grievance & Dispute Resolution Office and the Faculty Grievance Policy are intended to provide a fair, internal process for resolving employment related disputes that arise between faculty or academic staff members and administrators.  The formal procedures of the policy are intended to be used only when matters cannot be resolved informally.  A faculty or academic staff member who feels aggrieved should first seek an informal resolution at the unit, department, or college level before filing a formal grievance. The procedures contained in the policy are not intended to be used to challenge the desirability of unit or University policies. Contact fgo@msu.edu for assistance.

Research Integrity Office

All members of MSU share responsibility to assure that misconduct or fraud in research and creative activity is dealt with effectively and that MSU's high standards for scholarly integrity are preserved. You can review MSU Research Misconduct Procedures for more information. You can also contact the Research integrity Officer, Jim Pivarnik, at rio@msu.edu or (517) 432-6698

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