Where to Report Criminal or Ethical Misconduct

For Crimes or Emergencies

  • Emergencies: Call 911
  • Non-emergencies, crimes, or suspicious activity: Call the MSU Police Department (MSUPD) at 517-355-2221
  • MSUPD anonymous texting: Text the word MSUPD along with a tip to CRIMES (274637)
  • MSUPD toll-free tip line: Call 844-99-MSUPD (844-99-67873) 

For Relationship Violence, Stalking, Sexual Exploitation, and Sexual Violence

Responsible Employees are required to promptly report relationship violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence that they observe or learn about and that involves a member of the University community (faculty, staff, or student) or which occurred at a University-sponsored event or on University property. For more information, please visit: University Reporting Protocol.

To report sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking:

  • Contact the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
  • Contact MSUPD (See “Crime or Emergency” section)

For Harassment or Discrimination

Under the Anti-Discrimination Policy, university community members are prohibited from engaging in acts which discriminate against or harass any University community member on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight. In addition, the Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against a qualified individual with a disability. For more information, please visit: MSU Policies.

For Behavioral Threats

To report students, employees, or other individuals on campus who have engaged in behavior indicating a possible threat of harm to self or other members of the campus community:

For Ethical, Policy, Compliance Violations or Other Misconduct

Including but not limited to conflicts of interest, discrimination and harassment, employment misconduct, fiscal misconduct, medical and HIPAA violations, privacy violations, research misconduct, retaliation, safety, or other area of concern not specifically listed.

For Student Misconduct

MSU faculty, academic staff, support staff, and students may file a formal complaint concerning the conduct of students whose behavior reportedly violated University policy:


The University prohibits retaliation (including retaliatory harassment) against individuals who report or make good faith complaints of relationship violence, stalking, sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, and other forms of misconduct (as specifically governed by individual University policies), or who participate in the University’s investigation and handling of such reports, even if the University finds that no violation of Policy occurred.

In addition, the laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment contain anti-retaliation provisions (e.g., Title VII, Title IX and ELCRA). Specifically, Title IX prohibits retaliation against reporters of sex discrimination, including reports of sex discrimination against administrators and other employees. MSU will independently investigate alleged retaliation for participation in the Title IX process. MSU also independently investigates allegations of other prohibited retaliation and will take strong responsive actions if retaliation occurs. MSU may implement interim protective measures during a retaliation investigation. Those found responsible for retaliation are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination for employees and dismissal for students.