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Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct: Policy and Support

The University of Michigan and its Law School take very seriously matters involving sexual assault or harassment. The University of Michigan Interim Policy and Procedures on Student Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence is available here. The policy prohibits sexual assault, sexual or gender-based harassment, intimate partner violence (also referred to as domestic violence), stalking, retaliation, and violation of interim measures. If you believe that you have experienced some form of prohibited conduct, or if you have information regarding such misconduct, three important mechanisms are available to you.

First, we encourage you to contact the University of Michigan Police Department (also known as UMPD or the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)) at 734.763.1131.

Second, we hope that you will feel comfortable sharing the information with someone at the Law School. These people in the Law School administration are well suited to help in these situations:

  • Viviana Hern├índez, Associate Director of Student Services: 316 Hutchins Hall, 734.764.0516,
  • Lindsey Stetson, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Assistant Dean for Financial Aid: 2210 Jeffries Hall, 734.764.5289,
  • Sarah Zearfoss, Senior Assistant Dean: 2234 Jeffries Hall, 734.764.0537,

Any of these three people can provide you with additional information about your options and can help you tap into the many support services that are available on campus. They recognize that cases involving sexual or gender-based misconduct are deeply personal and private. At the same time, they are required under both federal law and University policy to report to the University's Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) any information about an incident involving sexual misconduct. The OIE will then look into this matter. Although we encourage you to speak with OIE, you are not required to do so. The decision is entirely up to you.

Third, if you want your information to remain confidential, you may obtain help without going through the Law School administration. Three offices on campus provide counseling but will not report information to OIE or the police without your express permission or as required by law:

Whether or not you decide to report an instance of sexual or gender-based misconduct or participate in an investigation, we encourage you to get support. Trying to manage these situations on your own can be difficult at best and harmful at worst. If you have any questions or would like more information about these options, please contact any of the people or offices mentioned above.