University Anti-Discrimination, Relationship & Sexual Violence Reporting

University Anti-Discrimination, Relationship & Sexual Violence Reporting

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 a residence hall, report the incident to the Community Director.
  • More information is available at