Notice of Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation

Michigan State University (“MSU” or the “University”) informs all members of its faculty, staff, student body, contractors and guests, that MSU prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, gender, gender identity, disability, height, marital status, political persuasion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight in its programs and activities. MSU also prohibits retaliation against those who report discrimination or harassment, or who participate in the University’s investigation and handling of such reports. MSU independently investigates allegations of retaliation and will take strong responsive actions if retaliation occurs.

Any student, employee, patient or third party who believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment is encouraged to report the incident(s) to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity (“OIE”). The University will take prompt and effective steps to end the discrimination or harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.

MSU is committed to conducting prompt and equitable investigations and will immediately and appropriately address violations of University policy. Upon completion of an investigation, students and employees found to have engaged in acts of harassment or discrimination will be promptly disciplined. Such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, suspension, expulsion, or termination.

University community members may report allegations of harassment or discrimination to OIE via the Public Incident Reporting Form or by calling OIE at (517) 353-3922 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

OIE is responsible for taking complaints under the University’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy and its Anti-Discrimination Policy, for connecting affected individuals with accommodations, interim measures and other assistive resources, and for conducting investigations of alleged violations of both policies. The Director of MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity is:

Melody Werner
Olds Hall
408 W Circle Dr, Suite 4
East Lansing MI 48824
(517) 884-0610
OIE.melodywerner@msu.edu

The University’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for oversight and implementation of the University's Title IX policies and grievance procedures, monitoring the campus climate, and coordination of Title IX compliance efforts across the University. MSU’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Rob Kent
Olds Hall
408 W Circle Dr, Suite 105
East Lansing MI 48824
(517) 355-3960
OCR.robkent@msu.edu

Interim and protective measures are available to reporting and accused parties. Interim and protective measures are support services, accommodations, and other assistance the University puts in place after receiving notice of incidents of harassment or discrimination. These measures can be implemented before any final outcomes (investigatory, disciplinary, or remedial) have been determined. Interim measures are available even if an individual chooses not to report to law enforcement or participate in a University or criminal investigation.

MSU will implement reasonably available interim measures to protect a claimant and facilitate the claimant's continued access to University employment or education programs and activities. Interim measures may be both remedial, which are designed to address a claimant's safety and well-being and continued access to education opportunities, or protective, which involve action against a respondent.

Potential interim and protective measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic assistance such as:
    • Discrete professor notification regarding absences
    • Schedule changes
    • Course load reductions
    • Withdrawals without penalty
    • Course retakes
    • Coordinating extensions
    • Referrals for academic support services
  • Assistance and information regarding student financial aid
  • Alternative housing placement
  • Protective measures such as:
    • University no-contact directive or contact restriction
    • Limiting individual or organization's access to certain university facilities or activities
    • Removal of directory information
    • Removal of parties from campus
  • Alternate work schedules/locations
  • Voluntary leave of absence
  • Interim disciplinary suspension
  • Suspension from employment
  • Transportation information
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus services such as:
    • Counseling
    • Medical services
    • Financial assistance
    • Immigration assistance

MSU encourages students and staff to work together to prevent acts of sex discrimination of any kind. Information regarding resources available for those affected by harassment and discrimination can be found at https://civilrights.msu.edu/resources/index.html.

Following are the applicable federal and state Civil Rights laws, regulations, and University policies that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation:

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by employers with 15 or more employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) are the agencies assigned to enforce Title I of the ADA.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 prohibits disability discrimination by public entities, including public colleges and universities whether or not they receive Federal financial assistance. The Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing Title II of the ADA.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects people from discrimination in admission, employment, treatment or access based on disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. The Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing Section 504. Any inquiries regarding the application of Section 504 may be referred to the University ADA/Section 504 Coordinator or the Office for Civil Rights. The University ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is:

Aislinn Sapp
Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, Suite 105
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-3960
OCR.aislinsapp@msu.edu

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability in MSU’s health programs and activities.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing Section 1557.  Any inquiries regarding the application of 1557 may be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), the Title IX Coordinator, or the Health Care Civil Rights Specialist:

OIE
Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, Suite 4
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-3922
oie@msu.edu

Rob Kent – Title IX Coordinator
Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, Suite 105
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-3960
OCR.robkent@msu.edu

Tracy Leahy - Health Care Civil Rights Specialist
Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, Suite 4
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-3922
OIE.tracyleahy@msu.edu

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education are covered by Title VI.  The Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing Title VI.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against unlawful employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1991 significantly extended plaintiffs' rights under Title VII. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing Title VII.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities and extends to employment and admission to institutions that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against reporters of sex discrimination, including but not limited to reports of sex discrimination against administrators and other employees. Michigan State University will independently investigate alleged retaliation for participation in the process of reporting/investigating conduct prohibited by Title IX. The Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing Title IX. The University’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for University compliance with Title IX and will coordinate investigation of any complaint alleging non-compliance with Title IX or any actions prohibited by Title IX.

Any inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the University Title IX Coordinator or the Office for Civil Rights. The University Title IX Coordinator is:

Rob Kent
Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, Suite 105
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-3960
OCR.robkent@msu.edu

Age Discrimination Act of 1975 protects people from discrimination based on age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing ADA of 1975.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing the ADEA.

Civil Rights Act of 1991 provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination. The

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing the CRA of 1991.

Equal Pay Act of 1963 protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing the EPA.

Executive Orders 11246 and 13665 require certain government contractors to engage in affirmative action and to not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity or national origin. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (U.S. Department of Labor) is the agency charged with enforcing the EO 11246 and Executive Order 13665, ensuring that federal contractors are in compliance. MSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because such employee or applicant has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant. This provision shall not apply to instances in which an employee who has access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of such employee’s essential job functions discloses the compensation of such other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to such information, unless such disclosure is in response to a formal complaint or charge, in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by MSU, or is consistent with MSU’s legal duty to furnish information.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because of genetic information. 

Michigan Constitution (2006) Article I, Section 206 prohibits discrimination or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (1976) of the State of Michigan prohibits "discrimination practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status." The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is the agency assigned to handle complaints of discrimination.

Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act of 1976 provides individuals "the opportunity to obtain employment, housing, and other real estate and full and equal utilization of public accommodations, public services, and educational facilities without discrimination because of a disability is guaranteed by this act and is a civil right."

Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination against women because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

MSU Anti-Discrimination Policy prohibits acts of discrimination and harassment against any university community member(s) by inappropriately limiting employment opportunities, access to university residential facilities, or participating in educational, athletic, social, cultural, or other university activities on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or weight. Complaints under this policy may be submitted to the MSU Office of Institutional Equity for investigation. The policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals based on characteristics protected under federal and state law, but also includes political persuasion, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity as protected categories.

Federal Citations:

The regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Age Discrimination Act, and Title VII contain requirements for recipients to issue notices of nondiscrimination. (See 34 C.F.R. Sections 100.6(d), 106.9, 104.8, 110.25, 41 C.F.R. Sections 60-1.42(a), respectively.) The Title II regulation also contains a notice requirement that applies to all units of government, whether or not they receive federal aid. (See 28 C.F.R. Section 35.106.)

For additional information or assistance, contact:

MSU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance
105 Olds Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-3960
http://www.civilrights.msu.edu
OCR@msu.edu

 

Revised Dec. 30, 2019