NOTE: This letter refers to events that may trigger traumatic memories for some members of our community. Resources and assistance are available through multiple campus programs.
MSU Faculty, Staff and Students,
Early last year, we wrote to reaffirm our commitment to a safer, more inclusive campus climate we all can be proud of. We acknowledged that the institution failed both survivors and the community, and we outlined actions needed to eradicate relationship violence and sexual misconduct from Michigan State University. We continued to build on those actions throughout the year. In that time, we’ve made significant progress that lays a common foundation for what we believe in fundamentally and will foster additional progress.
In the January 2021 letter, we identified actionable steps to keep our institution accountable to all those it serves. We are pleased now to provide you with a report on each of those actions.
The updates to the discipline and dismissal policy for tenured faculty will be voted on this week by MSU’s Board of Trustees during its regularly scheduled meeting. This policy change is a culmination of months of work by university leaders, including MSU’s Office for Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, the Faculty Senate Discipline Process and Sanction Review Task Force and the Faculty Senate body, which unanimously voted in support of these changes. This updated policy charts us on a path toward a more equitable discipline process across employee groups.
Looking back on this year of action, we want to recognize the broad-based collaboration of the campus community, which helped establish a comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and address relationship violence and sexual misconduct. The university also launched Support More, a new campaign that focuses on providing guidance for how to respond to disclosures of relationship violence, sexual assault or abuse, sexual harassment and stalking in ways that are most helpful to survivors. Importantly, the campaign also shares the broad range of campus resources available in support of its efforts.
Progress and change take sustained action, and we are committed to just that. We know that leadership, policies and people drive necessary and important change. And while our work to create a more welcoming, inclusive and safe campus community for all continues with each action we take, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the continued commitment from you — our Spartan community — in joining us on this journey of change. Thank you.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)
Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (she/her)
Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs
Melissa Woo, Ph.D. (she/her)
EVP for administration and Chief Information Officer
Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., M.D. (he/him)
EVP for Health Sciences