Education and Awareness Programs
MSU has several methods of providing education about relationship violence and sexual misconduct to campus, including online and in-person training, educational and awareness campaigns, and other educational opportunities throughout the academic year. These educational programs are designed to:
- Raise awareness of the impact of relationship violence and sexual misconduct;
- Clearly communicate that relationship violence and sexual misconduct is prohibited at MSU;
- Reduce the prevalence of relationship violence and sexual misconduct;
- Connect students and employees with campus and community resources; and
- Encourage active bystander intervention and community involvement in shaping our campus culture.
Online Education Programs
All students are required to complete an annual online training program. Students will not be able to access important academic information in the StuInfo system, including grades, until they complete this training.
All employees are required to complete an online training program within 30 days of hire and biennially thereafter. Failure to complete the required online training will result in notification to Human Resources or Academic Human Resources, which may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Both the student and employee programs focus on:
- Providing information to identify sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including relationship violence and sexual misconduct
- Raising awareness of the impact of these issues on the campus community and encouraging community members to engage in efforts to end these types of violence
- Advising members of the MSU community about their rights and reporting responsibilities under the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy
- Communicating behavioral expectations for all members of the MSU community as outlined in the policy
- Connecting community members with support and resources
- Training employees on their roles in administering the policy
Individuals who believe they may have an overwhelming or intense emotional reaction to the content of the online training programs should contact the Office of Institutional Equity at (517) 353-3922 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request accommodation.
For more information about student RVSM training, download this Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] document.
Programs about MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy
The Office of Institutional Equity offers a variety of in-person training and programs related to MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy, university response and investigation procedures, mandatory reporting, or other related topics, which can be customized for campus groups, departments, and organizations. To request a program, contact the Office of Institutional Equity at (517) 353-3922 or email@example.com.
Requesting a Program
Programs for campus groups, departments, and organizations who want to learn more about sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault and relationship violence, are available upon request by contacting the department or unit linked in each program description.
MSU Sexual Assault Program
The MSU Sexual Assault Program (SAP) provides immediate crisi intervention and advocacy services to women and men who have been victims of rape or sexual assault, as well as proactive sexual assault prevention education programming for MSU community members. The prevention education programming offered by SAP consists of sexual violence awareness presentations and multi-session workshops for the University community. Topics include: rape 101; myths and facts; consent; rape culture; drug-facilitated sexual assault; and risk education. Programs are designed specifically for the classroom, residence halls, and sorority/fraternity system. For more information or to request a program, contact the MSU Sexual Assault Program.
SARV Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence General Prevention Workshop
The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program facilitates required workshops for all first-year and transfer students. The SARV program offers a forum for students to engage in conversation and be educated about sexual assault and relationship violence on campus and empowers students to become active members in keeping the MSU community safe. For more information or to register, visit the SARV Prevention Program website.
SARV International Student Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Specialized Prevention Workshop
The International Student SARV Workshop is designed to accommodate a wide range of cultural backgrounds, social norms, and education regarding issues of sexual assault and relationship violence. This workshop provides more definitions of terms, education regarding American university culture, and additional information about legal issues and resources for international students. For more information or to register, visit the SARV Prevention Program website.
SARV LBGTQ Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Specialized Prevention Workshop
During this workshop, the format is slightly changed so all scenarios are gender neutral. There is no gender breakout for the second half of the workshop, as there are for other SARV programs. Additional information will be provided regarding unique challenges LBGTQ survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence may face, as well as resources to address needs specific to LBGTQ individuals. For more information or to register, visit the SARV Prevention Program website.
Self Defense Program
This two-hour FREE self-defense workshop provides common sense and practical information regarding sexual assault prevention. Learn verbal, non-verbal, psychological, and physical techniques for defending potentially violent encounters. Participants will also practice basic self-defense skills to help ward off an attack. The program is interactive, fun, and open to all at no cost.
To schedule a two-hour session with your floor, department, student group or student organization please contact Angela Michael.
Temporary and On-Call Education Programs
All employees are required to complete relationship violence and sexual misconduct training within 30 days of hire and biennially thereafter. Failure to complete the required training may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Given that many on-call and temporary employees, including faculty on short-term contracts, work for a limited period of time or do not activate their NetIDs, instead of completing the online training that is required of other full and part-time faculty and staff, these employees are required to review a print version of the training materials. Hiring departments shall provide the training materials either including them with required new-hire paperwork or presenting them on the employee's first day of work. Those materials may be provided in print or electronic form.
MSU does not require hiring departments to obtain acknowledgements from the employees or track completions; however, hiring departments are required to provide the training materials each time individuals are hired, even if only a short period of time has elapsed since they were last employed/hired.