Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Commitment

Michigan State University has a policy that prohibits relationship violence and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is responsible for enforcement of the university’s policy, while the MSU Police Department handles the criminal investigation.

Relationship violence and sexual misconduct, including non-stranger sexual assault, are a very serious concern to the University and our community. If you feel you are the victim of a sexual assault on campus, the MSU Police Department created the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Response Commitment:

  • We will meet with you privately, at a place of your choice in this area, to take a police report.
  • We will not release your name to the public or media. Your parent or guardian will not be notified, unless you are a minor.
  • Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
  • We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding, and professionalism.
  • If you feel more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, and would like to have a friend or advocate present, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  • We will assist you in arranging for any hospital treatment or other medical needs.
  • With your permission, we will assist you in contacting counseling and advocacy services, in addition to other available resources that will continue to provide you with additional support throughout the investigation.
  • We will fully investigate your case. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation. Each investigation is forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review, with your input taken into consideration as to the best possible outcome.
  • We will continue to be available for you, to answer your questions and to explain the systems and processes involved (prosecutor’s office, court proceedings, university investigation).
  • We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, and regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of the suspect.

If we fail to achieve any part of the above guarantee, Chief Jim Dunlap will meet with you personally to address any problems. The MSU Police want to continue to make the MSU campus safe for students, faculty, staff and visitors.