What is Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct?
Sexual and gender-based misconduct can take various forms, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual or gender-based harassment, sex and/or gender-based stalking, intimate partner violence, and sex and gender-based discrimination. The Policy also prohibits retaliation and violations of supportive measures related to sexual and gender-based misconduct allegations.
Behavior that creates a hostile environment or impacts a person’s employment, academic standing, or participation in university programs could be considered sexual or gender-based misconduct. You can always, for any reason, contact Taubman College CDEIO, Joana Dos Santos, at email@example.com for issues related to discrimination and harassment or for support and guidance.
Education & Training
U-M provides sexual assault awareness and prevention education and bystander training to all incoming students and offers employees education and training to foster and maintain a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and diverse working and learning environment. For more information, please refer to the Education and Training page of the U-M Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct website.
You can find more information about the reporting process at U-M through the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Umbrella Policy, whether you are a student, faculty, staff, or third party. More information about reporting can be found on the U-M Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Reporting and Processing page.
If you experience or witness discrimination or harassment, you can report it to the University directly through the Expect Respect Portal.
If you are not sure if the conflict or behavior you experience is considered discrimination or harassment, the University has many institutional resources to guide you through that process. A comprehensive list of University-wide resources can be found here.
INDIVIDUALS WITH REPORTING OBLIGATIONS
University administrators, supervisors, and employees in certain designated positions (including resident advisers and human resources staff) are considered Individuals with Reporting Obligations (IROs) and are required to share information they have received about possible sexual or gender-based misconduct with the Office of Institutional Equity. When IROs share information with OIE, the university can ensure that each person who reports sexual misconduct to an IRO gets the same information about resources and how to make a formal complaint. IROs should make reports with this online form, including the IRO’s name and contact information. Learn more about IROs Section VII of the Interim Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
If you are an IRO, please let people know you are in one or more of the following ways:
- Post a sign on your office door in a visible location
- Include a disclaimer in your email signature
- “I am an Individual with Reporting Obligations (IRO), which means I am obligated to share, with the Office for Institutional Equity, any information disclosed to me about: Sexual Assault | Sexual/Gender-Based Harassment | Intimate Partner Violence | Stalking | Retaliation | Violation of Protective Measures”
- Verbally alert an individual who may be seeking support that you are a mandated reporter before they confide in you so they have the power to make a decision given your obligation to file a report with the University
You can always direct an individual to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Assistance Center (SAPAC) Crisis Line (734) 936-3333 to receive confidential support 24/7.