MSU students, faculty & staff members
Trauma often has a significant impact on academic and employment performance. Victims of sexual harassment (including sexual assault) who are MSU affiliated and whose perpetrators are also MSU-affiliated can report the crime to the MSU Office of Institutional Equity.
Helpful guides in determining next steps for MSU students, faculty & staff members who experience gendered violence can be determined by viewing the University Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct, as well as the Resource Survival Guide.
The MSU Police and MSU Office for Institutional Equity are not confidential programs but reports made to their office are kept private and treated with sensitivity. The MSU Sexual Assault Program is confidential – information provided to our office is not shared with anyone outside of our office unless we have written consent from our clients.
Call someone for support
Sexual assault is a significant trauma that can effect someone mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sometimes it helps to speak with someone soon after a sexual assault. Consider telling a friend, family member, or MSU faculty or staff member. If you want to notify the police, call the precinct where the crime occurred or 911.
To help sort out your options and receive emotional support, you can call the 24-hour MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Line. One of our trained advocates can speak with you over the phone or meet you at the hospital or police station.
See the How To be Supportive of a Friend page if you believe someone you know has been sexually assaulted.
24- Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: (517) 372-6666
Consider going to the hospital
Consider filing a police report
Making a report is not the same as pressing charges but allows police to conduct an investigation. The length of the investigation will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. Once concluded, the case will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office to determine if charges against the assailant will be filed.
Consider speaking with a professional counselor
The effects of sexual assault and trauma are important to explore. Speaking with a trained professional might help you understand its impact in a safe environment. Making the first call is difficult to do, but we hope you’ll seek services when you’re ready. The MSU Sexual Assault Program provides free and confidential counseling to MSU students and can help provide referrals for non-MSU students. Please contact us to find out more: 517-355-3551.