Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct

Michigan State University is in the process of revising its Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy.  A summary of the policy can be found here: Relationship Violence Sexual Misconduct Policy Summary.

Where can I talk to someone confidentially?

MSU Counseling Center
207 Student Services Building
(507) 355-8270

MSU Sexual Assault Program
14 Student Services Building
(517) 355-3551 (office)
(517) 372-6666 (24 hour crisis line)

MSU Safe Place
(517) 355-1100

Student Health Services
(517) 353-4660

MSU Employee Assistance Program
330 Olin Health Center
(517) 355-4506

University Ombudsperson
North Kedzie Hall, Room 129
(517) 353-8830

Where can I file a report?

If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, or would like to make a report to help a friend or colleague, you can contact:

Office for Institutional Equity
4 Olds Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-3922

MSU Police Department
1120 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-2221

What is the definition of consent?

Consent means voluntary, willful, and unambiguous agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity during a sexual encounter.  Consent cannot be given by someone who is:

  • Sleeping
  • Unconscious, unaware, or otherwise mentally or physically helpless because of drugs, alcohol, or other contributing factor (“incapacitated”)
  • Unable to understand the nature of the sexual activity due to a mental disease or condition (“mentally incapable”)
  • Under duress, threat, deception, coercion, or force

Consent must be clear and communicated by mutually understandable words or actions.  The following are examples of situations that do not imply consent:

  • Silence
  • The absence of a verbal “no” or “stop”
  • The absence of resistance
  • The existence of a prior or current relationship or sexual activity

What can I do to help a friend?

  • Believe them!  Listen and offer comfort.
  • Let the person know that you care.
  • Reassure your friend that they are not to blame for being sexually or physically assaulted or stalked.
  • Encourage your friend to reach out for support.