Sexual Assault Policy at MSU

I did not think it was particularly difficult to find MSU’s sexual assault policy. I went to the main MSU webpage and entered sexual assault policy into the search box. The link it brought up directed me to the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives’ website. From there, I clicked on the link on the right hand side of the website that brought me to a page titled, “Sexual Harassment/Assault,” on. This page gives some general information on what to do if an individual has been assaulted; in addition, the page gives a link to the full, in-depth sexual assault policy.

The information on the website lists the following as how to report sexual assault and harassment:

  • If the alleged harasser is a faculty or staff member, the complaint should be made, orally or in writing, to the alleged harasser’s unit administrator or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
  • If the alleged harasser is the unit administrator, the complaint should be made, orally or in writing, to the unit administrator’s superior or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
  • If the alleged harasser is a student, the complaint should be made to the Department of Student Life or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
  • If the alleged harasser is a third party, the complaint should be made to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

Also, the website says that sexual assault should be reported to the MSU Police and gives their number.

Based on what was said in class, I was expecting the information to be much more difficult to find so I was pleased that it took a relatively short amount of time to find. Also, the in-depth policy gives information on who the Title IX Coordinator is and what the process of filing a complaint is like. There is some very helpful information in the policy statement and the website also has some FAQ’s regarding sexual assault that are beneficial. However, I do not think many people are aware of this information and the university should attempt to make this policy and information better known. While the university is attempting to do this with things the the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Program, I think there needs to be more done to try to end sexual violence on campus.

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