Campus Programs and Support

Know More Campaign

Poster detailing relationship violence and sexual misconduct resources on MSU's campus and in the East Lansing community

The Office for Civil Rights & Title IX has launched the Know More campaign to raise awareness on:

  • how to help prevent relationship violence, stalking and sexual misconduct (“RVSM”);
  • how to help support those who are affected by RVSM; and
  • where students, faculty and staff can go for resources, support services and to report RVSM.

Download a printable copy of the above poster.

Our Commitment

The Our Commitment website details how the university is creating a safer, healthier, and more respectful campus. The website features news on actions being taken, statements from a variety of voices on campus and beyond, and additional resources beyond the others listed on this page. Visit the Our Commitment website to learn more about change at the institutional level.

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Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives leads and supports efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community, consistent with MSU's core values. In addition to providing leadership for university-wide initiatives on inclusive excellence, the office works with campus and community partners to:

  • Design and deliver education and training for students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinate programs to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar E. Chavez
  • Coordinate grants to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion on campus
  • Coordinate scholarships for community-involved students
  • Recognize through awards the efforts of Spartans to support an inclusive campus
  • Conduct and support research on inclusion-related topics
  • Monitor faculty and staff recruitment and hiring practices

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MSU Title IX Program

It is the mission of the Title IX program at Michigan State University to cultivate a campus community that is free of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including relationship violence and sexual misconduct. We do this by:

  • Raising awareness through education and training programs
  • Encouraging individuals impacted to report incidents
  • Holding individuals accountable for violations of university policy
  • Providing students and employees with resources and supportive services to facilitate ongoing academic and professional success
  • Offering opportunities for community engagement

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MSU Sexual Assault Program

The MSU Sexual Assault Program provides FREE and confidential individual counseling and support groups to MSU students who are survivors of adult sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse. The MSU Sexual Assault Program offers FREE and confidential legal, academic, institutional and personal advocacy and support for survivors of sexual violence in the Greater Lansing area.  Additional crisis intervention and advocacy services include: a 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline and 24-hour medical advocacy at Sparrow Hospital for survivors who present for Sexual Assault exams. 

MSU SAP can assist with confidential referrals to community resources for individuals living in other communities.

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Healing Assistance Fund

MSU selected the Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation Inc. (CMCI) and the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) to help facilitate access to counseling and mental health services for the victims of former MSU physician Larry Nassar under the MSU Healing Assistance Fund. The $10 million fund is available to MSU health clinic patients and student athletes whom Larry Nassar abused, as well as the parents of these victims. It was set up at the direction of MSU’s Board of Trustees in December 2017.

Survivors and their parents who need a referral to counseling or mental health services may call MNCASA to be connected with qualified providers in their areas, no matter where they live. A dedicated 24-hour phone line, (866) 407-1240, at MNCASA is also active.

MNCASA is a victim-oriented organization which provides resources and leadership for sexual assault prevention programs while promoting a comprehensive, socially just response for all survivors. CMCI is a Boston-based mediation and arbitration firm with more than two decades of experience successfully resolving a large number of complex, multi-party cases.

As fund administrator, CMCI CEO Paul Finn, along with his colleagues Bernard Fitzgerald and Barbara Janelli, will work directly with victims to answer eligibility questions and facilitate access to the fund. Victims will be able to receive reimbursement for their expenses related to counseling and mental health services from a provider of their choice. Calls to CMCI’s main number, 1-800-540-2624, during normal business hours will be directed to Fitzgerald or Janelli. Or they can be reached any time via cell phone or email: Fitzgerald at (508) 269-4668, berniejfitzgerald@gmail.com; Janelli at (508) 561-1798, bjanelli1@yahoo.com.

All conversations with the trained experts in both organizations will be confidential.

Nassar Survivor Resources Referral Line

Survivors and their parents who need a referral to counseling or mental health services may call Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault to be connected with qualified providers in their areas, no matter where they live. A dedicated 24-hour phone line, (866) 407-1240, at MNCASA is also active.

MSU Safe Place

MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. It is located on the campus of MSU and serves students, faculty, staff, their spouses/partners and non-affiliated members in the Greater Lansing area.

Safe Place provides advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. All support services are free and confidential.  Additionally, Safe Place works to increase awareness about relationship violence and stalking through community education, outreach efforts, expert witness training, professional trainings and consultation.

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Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating students on sexual assault and relationship violence, eliminating violence on campus, empowering students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively effecting social change. This is done through mandatory workshops for incoming first-year students. The SARV Prevention Program is a required workshop for all first-year and transfer students.

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MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services

MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is the new place on campus for students seeking help for a wide range of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, stress management, homesickness, adjustment or acculturation, relationships, gender and sexual orientation (LBGTQ) issues, substance abuse, traumatic experiences, eating or body image concerns and other personal mental health concerns. CAPS combines the services of the former MSU Counseling Center and former Olin Psychiatry Clinic under one roof to provide improved access for students. Additional services will be available in the Neighborhood Engagement Centers.

CAPS will continue to put students first, welcoming every student and taking into account all aspects of a student’s identity, such as race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, gender and sexual orientation.

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MSU Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity reviews concerns related to discrimination and harassment based on age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and weight under the University's Anti-Discrimination Policy and Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct. OIE staff is available to provide information on the policies, connect MSU community members to resources, investigate complaints and provide training.

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Resources for Parents

Sexual abuse is a challenging topic to discuss, especially with children. Below are resources for parents to help keep their children safe and tools to help them speak up when something isn’t right.

Other Resources for Survivors

The Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission is a state agency in charge of funding and services for victims of a physical crime. It has four programs that serve and support crime victims including: Compensation, Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, Victim Rights and Crime Victim Assistance. For more information, see their brochure or click the link below.

Please note these programs may only be available to survivors who report to the police, and/or to those who seek services within a limited time after an assault or crime occurs.

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