Dear Spartan Community,
Since I arrived at Michigan State University in August, I have listened carefully to campus community members to better understand the nature and scope of our challenges. In conversations and meetings, many of you have shared your pride in MSU, as well as your concerns and frustrations, and I am grateful.
As we assess our programs and policies associated with prevention and response to relationship violence and sexual misconduct, we have a new source of foundational information I want to share with you.
Last spring, more than 15,000 of our students, faculty and staff participated in an online campus climate survey. It was designed to assess the culture, perceptions and policies associated with RVSM at Michigan State.
The results are now in hand, and they tell us many campus community members have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or other harm. The full report can be found at civilrights.msu.edu/knowmore.
I’ve said before that my top priority is a safer, more respectful and more welcoming campus. During recent meetings with survivors, they presented essential feedback about their experiences along with suggestions to improve survivor support and overall culture change. This, along with the data from the survey, will guide us as we determine the resources and programs necessary to address these issues.
Leading our response are my RVSM special advisers, Professor Rebecca Campbell and MSU Police Lt. Andrea Munford. With the RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup, they will assess areas needing improvement in RVSM prevention and response and recommend courses of action.
Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts, helping make our campus safer for all.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.