The University of Michigan (University or U-M) values civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety, as described in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from sexual harassment, and sexual assault, collectively referred to in this policy as sexual misconduct.
Sexual misconduct jeopardizes the mental, physical, and emotional welfare of our students, as well as the safety of our community. Sexual misconduct diminishes students’ individual dignity and impedes their access to educational, social, and employment opportunities. It can permanently impact students’ lives and may cause lasting physical and psychological harm. Sexual misconduct violates our institutional values and its presence in the community presents a barrier to fulfilling the University’s scholarly, research, educational, patient care, and service missions. Sexual misconduct, therefore, will not be tolerated at the University of Michigan and is expressly prohibited.
This policy provides information regarding the University’s prevention and education efforts related to sexual misconduct by students, as well as how the University will proceed once it is made aware of student sexual misconduct in keeping with our institutional values and to meet our legal obligations under Title IX and other relevant law.
Summary of the University of Michigan Policy on Sexual Misconduct by Students
What you need to know about the U-M Policy on Sexual Misconduct by Students:
This policy applies to all students and all students engaging this policy can expect to be treated with respect as the University seeks to provide an appropriate, private, timely and fair response to reports of sexual misconduct by students. Retaliation will not be tolerated. For more information about student rights, go to the Student Expectations and Rights section of this policy.
The University strongly encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct. The University will respond to reports of sexual misconduct made to a non-confidential University employee. All reports will be reported to the U-M Title IX Coordinator in the Office for Institutional Equity. To access confidential assistance, students may contact a confidential reporting location. The University strongly encourages anyone who believes they experienced a sexual assault (or any other crime) to make a report to the University of Michigan Police Department.
The University will respond to reports of student sexual misconduct with support and resources and proceed in a way that seeks to honor the rights of the students affected by the report. To this end, if a Complainant requests confidentiality and/or decides not to participate in the response process, the University will consider this request and proceed in a way that takes into account the safety and wellness of the community (including that of the Complainant). For more information, go to the Decision to Proceed with Investigation section of this policy.
A report of sexual misconduct will be reviewed, and if deemed appropriate, investigated by the Title IX Coordinator or designee. In the interest of privacy, investigations will not involve a hearing or require that participants meet together. If the evidence supports (based on “a more likely than not” standard) a finding of responsibility, the matter will proceed to the sanctioning process. Sanctions will be determined either by agreement (with input from all parties) or by a Resolution Officer (if parties are not in agreement regarding the appropriate sanctions). Either party may appeal the outcome of the matter based on the specific grounds outlined in this policy. For more information, go to the Review of the Decision section of this policy.
As stated in the policy, “the university will respond to reports of student sexual misconduct with support and resources and proceed in a way that seeks to honor the rights of the students affected by the report.” This includes offering support services and information to the complainant involved in a case through SAPAC. Visit SAPAC’s website for more information on SAPAC’s services for complainants and any U-M community member who experiences sexual or intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, or stalking
As stated in the policy, “the university will respond to reports of student sexual misconduct with support and resources and proceed in a way that seeks to honor the rights of the students affected by the report.” This includes offering support services and information to the respondent involved in a case through a respondent support program.
The key elements of the respondent support program include: