2017-2018 RVSM Policy Updates

Faculty, staff, and students play a critical role in cultivating a culture of caring, safety, and respect at MSU.  During the spring semester faculty, staff, and students participated in community engagement events where suggestions were shared to improve MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Policy.  We convened a multi-disciplinary working group that included representation from student and faculty governance to identify updates and enhancements to the RVSM Policy.  Following are the key updates to the policy for the 2017-2018 academic year.  All community members are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with the RVSM Policy, review the resources available at MSU, and check out ways to get involved.  Thank you for your continued engagement on this important issue!    


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Employee Responsibilities

  • Clarification regarding consequences for failure to submit a mandatory report
  • Expectations for employee intervention when witnessing an unfolding or ongoing incident


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Process Clarification

  • Roles in the RVSM process defined
  • How interim measures are determined
  • New Student Conduct Sanction and Appeal Process Flow Chart


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Updated Student Conduct Sanction and Appeal Procedures including:

  • How the sanction panel is selected and trained
  • How to challenge a sanction panel member’s participation in a case  

New sanction guidelines 

  • For students and employees
  • Written sanction decisions will include the rationale for the decision


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New user friendly glossary with updated definitions to improve inclusivity