MSU Developing New Office For Reporting Assaults

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – For those around campus looking to file a complaint, specifically assaults, they will have a new office for help.

“I think this is just a natural evolution of a lot of the stuff that we’re doing.”

Jason Cody says Michigan State’s new sexual assault office will be responsible for looking into title nine complaints and other anti-discrimination policies.

Freeing up the inclusion office currently taking reports to focus on assault campaigns and campus marketing, instead of taking complaints.

“We took a look at the best practices that some universities were already doing, it just made sense to pull those investigative functions into their own office where we can better handle these complaints in a more timely manner.”

Students say when it comes to sexual assault, abuse, and relationships they’re happy MSU is getting out front of the issue.

“You definitely hear about it every now and then, so I definitely think it’s prevalent especially in a university setting such as this,” said Michael Sullivan, MSU senior.

“The university would probably like to get with the times and be more proactive as more sexual assaults happen on campus, so props to them,” said Brittany Garza, MSU graduate student, human resources.

While MSU is still figuring out the name of the department and where the office will be, work within MSU is underway.

“The investigators who previously working for the office of Inclusion are now working with this consultant and we’re starting to get that investigative process up and running,” said Jason Cody.

Now the school is using a temporary consultant to get the current services under control, but they say over the next few weeks they will begin to search for a permanent position to look over this new department.

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