Title IX Policy & Procedure


As a recipient of federal funds, Michigan State University College of Law complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as enforced by the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (hereafter “Title IX”), in all aspects of College of Law programming and activities:

  • Provides assurances that all education programs and activities are in compliance with Title IX
  • Designates a Title IX Coordinator to oversee compliance efforts
  • Establishes procedures to resolve student and employee Title IX complaints
  • Provides notification to students and employees that sex discrimination is prohibited within its programs
  • Ensures that all administrators, deans, and directors familiarize themselves with and implement Title IX provisions

Title IX applies to all programs and activities, including recruitment, student admissions, financial assistance, housing, access to academic offerings, athletics, and all aspects of the Law College’s employment process. Further, MSU Law complies with Michigan State University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, and the University Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct.

Mary Ann Ferguson, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Equity Services, (DESO), ensures MSU Law’s compliance with the law in this area. The DESO is responsible for implementing and monitoring MSU Law’s Title IX compliance, as well as providing additional resources, information, and assistance.


All complaints regarding Title IX, the Anti-Discrimination Policy, and Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) filed by MSU Law students and employees are investigated by the MSU Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).

STEP ONE: A reporter initiates a complaint.

Complaints may be filed directly with MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) or through MSU Law’s Title IX Coordinator. Anyone is welcome to file a report with OIE, including students, faculty, staff, and guests.

STEP TWO: MSU’S Office of Institutional Equity reviews the complaint.

After reviewing the complaint, the OIE may decide that an investigation is warranted. When an OIE complaint is in the investigation phase, MSU Law will ensure that all parties involved in the complaint are safe and aware of resources.

STEP THREE: The Office of Institutional Equity directs the outcome of its review to MSU Law.

If an OIE complaint investigation determines that a violation has occurred, these results are sent to the MSU Law Title IX Coordinator. At that stage, MSU Law will facilitate interim measures or appropriate sanctions in accordance with the MSU Law Code of Student Discipline and/or Law Student Rights and Responsibilities.

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Contact MSU Law’s Title IX Coordinator
Mary Ann Ferguson, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Equity Services
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 201A
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
(517) 432-6847 or fergusma@law.msu.edu