Workgroup actions and updates

Organizational Changes at MSU

Restructuring organizational efforts to address civil rights and Title IX

We recommended the creation of a new organizational unit, the Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Education and Compliance. This newly-formed unit oversees the university’s educational, investigational, and compliance efforts in civil rights and Title IX.


The new Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Education and Compliance includes:

  • a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator position

  • two new Service Coordinators to assist Title IX respondents and claimants

  • a new Data Analyst position to identify trends in civil rights and Title IX reports 

The Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Education and Compliance created the new “Know More” campaign to educate the MSU community about campus and community RVSM services.

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Learn more about the “Know More” campaign

Creating a new department for Prevention Outreach & Education (POE)

We recommended the creation of a new department focused on prevention, outreach, and education for students, faculty, and staff.

The new POE department includes:

  • six new Prevention Specialist positions to strengthen education for faculty and staff, graduate & professional students, and undergraduate students

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RVSM Services and Supports

Developing new post-assault services for sexual assault survivors

We are creating a new campus Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and a Sexual Assault Response Team. With this combined campus SANE-SART model, MSU will be able to implement national best practices in sexual assault response and better serve the community. To ensure the unique needs of the MSU community are considered in the development and implementation of the SANE program, the RVSM workgroup has formed a SANE Advisory Board.

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Identifying additional funding to
support survivor services in the Sexual Assault Program

We partnered with the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board to identify new funding for MSU’s Sexual Assault Program.

This grant funding is supporting:

  • two new survivor advocate positions and two new counselor positions

MSU has provided funding for an additional Crisis Counselor position and a new Associate Director position to oversee clinical supervision. 

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Reviewing RVSM services protocols and practices

We are continually reviewing how to help survivors connect with campus and community services. Consistent with national best practices, we are reviewing strategies for creating a campus-based Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Training and Resources

Helping plan trauma-informed meetings

The Workgroup, together with campus partners, has developed a resource guide for planning trauma-informed meetings and seeking survivors’ feedback.  This guide provides concrete suggestions for how to work with survivors to obtain their feedback and input on services, programs, and policies. The Workgroup has also worked with the MSU Violence Free Communities (VFC) committee to develop RVSM Communications Guidelines, which offer guidance on public statements and responses on matters related to Michigan State University relationship violence and sexual misconduct reports, lawsuits, investigations, or other related matters.

Expanding prevention and training for the MSU community

The new POE department has provided in-person training to all MSU residential staff, athletic teams, and athletic staff members on RVSM topics including policies, reporting, and bystander intervention. POE also created and oversees the Greeks Take the Lead program to enhance education and training for sororities and fraternities.


Bystander Network is a new program for second year students that focuses on bystander intervention, microaggressions, and empowering people to change the climate on campus. The program will be implemented across campus this year.

RVSM-focused information has been added to the Academic and Parent Orientation Programs to help students and parents have a clear understanding of our commitment to making MSU a safe campus.

Training the Presidential Search Committee on RVSM and trauma-informed practices

We developed a training for the Presidential Search Committee on the scope and impact of RVSM on survivors and their families, and the impact of large-scale traumas on organizations. To support the Presidential Search Committee in their work meeting with members of the MSU community, the Workgroup provided resources of trauma-informed practices for working with survivors and institutions in crisis.

Supporting efforts to help the MSU community heal

The Workgroup provides consultation about institutional trauma and healing to multiple campus and community groups. We provide resources on trauma-informed practices for structuring meetings and events, listening to and responding to survivors, and strengthening organizational commitment to addressing RVSM.

Climate Assessment

Conducting a comprehensive campus wide climate assessment

We are working with MSU student, faculty, and staff groups to launch a comprehensive climate survey. This survey will assess the current state and identify future needs for addressing RVSM issues at MSU.


  • The climate survey is set to launch in Spring 2019
  • The data will inform long-term RVSM prevention, outreach, and education efforts