MSU College of Law

Title IX Policy & Procedures

Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 requires that all entities in receipt of any federal funds or financial assistance must prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities. Sexual harassment is a form of prohibited sex discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator is the individual responsible for ensuring compliance with the law in this area at MSU Law.

Title IX requirements apply to all aspects of education programs and activities at MSU and MSU Law, including recruitment, student admissions, financial assistance, housing, access to academic offerings, and athletics. The law also applies to all aspects of the Law College's employment process, including hiring, tenure, compensation, and training.

As a recipient of federal funds, Michigan State University College of Law is obligated to:

  • Provide assurances that all education programs and activities are in compliance with Title IX
  • Designate a Title IX Coordinator to oversee compliance efforts
  • Establish procedures to resolve student and employee Title IX complaints
  • Provide notification to students and employees that sex discrimination is prohibited within its programs
  • Ensure that all administrators, deans, and directors, familiarize themselves with, and implement Title IX provisions

The Diversity & Equity Services Office is responsible for implementing and monitoring MSU Law’s Title IX compliance. The Diversity & Equity Services Office is also an important resource for additional information and assistance.

The Law College has established procedures for addressing possible Title IX violations. All MSU Law student and employee Title IX and Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) complaints are investigated by the MSU Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).

When a MSU OIE complaint is in the investigation phase, MSU Law will coordinate with MSU on interim measures to ensure all parties involved in the complaint are safe and aware of resources.

If MSU OIE complaint investigation results in a finding that a MSU Title IX or RVSM violation has occurred, these results are sent to the MSU Law Title IX Coordinator to facilitate appropriate sanctions in accordance with the MSU Law Code of Student Discipline and/or Law Student Rights and Responsibilities.

For more information or to file a complaint, visit http://titleix.msu.edu/ or contact the MSU Law Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator:

Mary Ann Ferguson, Director of Diversity & Equity Services
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 201A
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
(517) 432-6847 or fergusma@law.msu.edu