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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 and Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX Misconduct. The University of Michigan Interim Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct is available here. Prohibited Conduct under this Policy includes Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct (i.e., Sexual Assault; Sexual Exploitation; Sexual Harassment; Gender-Based Harassment; Sex and/or Gender-Based Stalking; Intimate Partner Violence; Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination;Retaliation and Violation of Supportive Measures) and Title IX Misconduct (i.e., Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment; Severe, Pervasive and Objectively Offensive Sexual Harassment; Sexual Assault; and Sex-Based Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking; as defined by and within the scope of Title IX). 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, 734.764.0516,
  • Kimberly D'Haene, Assistant Dean for Student Services: 316 Hutchins Hall, 734.764.0516,

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.