Information and ReportsTitle IX Program Annual Report (2015-2016)
The Annual Report is reflective of the transition of the Title IX program at MSU over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year. The progress highlighted for the 2015-2016 is built upon on the policy revisions and process changes enacted in prior years, which culminated in the broad organizational changes and revised policies and procedures in 2015-2016. As evidenced by the accompanying report, these changes yielded dramatic process improvements. Significant accomplishments highlighted include the increased speed of the investigation and student conduct processes, the increased participation in training programs, the increased engagement of faculty and staff in educational programs, and new programs and staff to support prevention and advocacy efforts. Also of note is the increase in reports, which we believe is not indicative of an increase in incidents, but rather reflects increased efforts at MSU to raise awareness.
In 2014 President Simon appointed a new Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence to review and assess the implementation of the recommendations from 2004 and to suggest ‘next steps’. During its review, the 2014 Task Force found that many of the 2004 recommendations were implemented, partially implemented or recently initiated, as suggested. The report outlines many recommendations that will progress MSU’s goals in addressing campus sexual misconduct and relationship violence.