Title IX/Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct and
Anti-Discrimination Policies & Procedures


As a recipient of federal funds, Michigan State University College of Law (MSU 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 MSU Law's programs and activities, including recruitment, student admissions, financial assistance, housing, access to academic offerings and all aspects of the Law College’s employment process. Further, MSU Law complies with MSU's Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) and Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP).

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


All complaints filed by MSU Law students and employees regarding MSU's Title IX, ADP, and RSVM policies 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 Assistant Dean for Diversity and Equity Services. Anyone is welcome to file a report with MSU's OIE, including students, faculty, staff, and guests.

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

After reviewing the complaint, MSU's OIE may decide that an investigation is warranted. When an MSU OIE complaint is in the investigation phase, the Law College will ensure that all parties involved in the complaint are aware of support 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 Diversity and Equity Services Office. 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 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