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University Anti-Discrimination, Relationship & Sexual Violence Reporting

James Madison College works tirelessly to ensure that all residents feel safe, secure, and welcomed to the Michigan State University community. We want you to know that we take incidents related to discrimination and harassment very seriously.

What is MSU’s Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP)?

Acts are prohibited 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. Please see MSU’s Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP).

What is discrimination?

There are two basic theories of discrimination – disparate treatment and disparate impact. Disparate treatment requires intent to discriminate based on the protected category. There are two ways to show disparate treatment – direct and indirect (or circumstantial) evidence. Disparate impact does not require a showing of intent; rather, a claim is based on a facially neutral policy or practice that has a disproportionate affect on a protected category. Learn more about discrimination.

What is harassment?

Harassment of any kind occurs when a University community member is subject to unwelcome conduct based on a protected category that:

  1. Is objectively and subjectively severe, persistent or pervasive; and
  2. Creates an unreasonable interference with the individual’s work or educational experience.

Learn more about harassment.

How do I report an incident of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and/or stalking?

  • If your immediate safety is threatened, believe a crime has been committed, or you wish to file a police report, please contact the MSU Police Department:
    • Emergency: 911
    • Non-Emergency: 517-355-2221
  • File a Public Indecent Reporting Form which goes directly to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and MSU Police.
  • If the incident occurs in Case residence hall, report the incident to the Community Director, Sara Morales. If you do not live in Case Hall, and would like to report an incident in your residence hall, please contact your Community Director.
  • If you have questions or concerns about whether or not you should report an incident please contact the Director of Diversity Programming & Student Engagement, Amber Benton.
  • If you have questions or concerns about an incident that occurred in a classroom or academic space, please contact Associate Dean Julia Grant or Assistant Dean Jeff Judge.
  • More information is available at www.oie.msu.edu.