The University of Michigan and its Law School take very seriously cases involving sexual assault or harassment. The University's 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 and 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 Department of Public Safety (DPS)) at 734.763.1131.
Second, we hope that you will feel comfortable sharing the information with someone at the Law School. Four people in the Law School administration are well suited to help in these situations:
Any of these four people can give you more concrete information about your options for handling a situation and can help you tap into the many support services that are available on campus. They recognize that cases involving sexual and 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 conduct an independent investigation into the incident. Although we encourage you to participate in the investigation, you are not required to do so. The decision is entirely up to you.
Third, if you want your information to stay confidential, you may get help without going through the Law School administration. Three offices on campus provide counseling but will not report information to OIE or the police, unless you permit them to do so:
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.
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