Type in “MSU Policy on Sexual Assault” into Google and you are instantly connected to websites such as the MSU counseling center and SAFE.  When one delves deeper, you can quickly find MSU’s sexual assault policy.  However, this policy is not on the main msu.edu website; you will find it on the inclusion.msu.edu website.  How many students, faculty, or other campus employees would think to look at the inclusion website? Not many I’m betting.  Without Google, I’m sure this search of mine would’ve taken at least 15 minutes.

 

So what does it say?  The policy states that sexual assault is not tolerated at MSU and that it is a form of sexual harassment.  Specifically, complaints of sexual assault are investigated and handled via the sexual harassment policy at MSU.  It also provides contact information for other resources for victims.  To report a sexual assault as a form of sexual harassment, there are many different avenues.  If the alleged harasser is a student, the report is given to the Department of Student Life or the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  If the alleged harasser is a faculty or staff member, the report is given to the alleged harasser’s unit administrator or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  If the alleged harasser is a unit administrator, then the report is given to the unit administrator’s superior or the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  Finally, if the alleged harasser is a third party, the report should be made to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  And, of course, the sexual assault should be reported to the MSU police department.  No complicated at all right?

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