We are committed to preventing sexual and gender-based misconduct and offering support to those who have been harmed. Sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and all forms of sexual and gender-based misconduct have no place at the University of Michigan.

It’s up to each of us to create a healthy and safe campus; to support those who come forward; and to participate in prevention programs. This website provides tools and resources that can help us ensure safe and respectful campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint and at Michigan Medicine.

Statement from U-M’s Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth Seney, on final rule under Title IX
April 19, 2024

On April 19, the U.S. Department of Education released its “Final Rule” under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. These amendments clarify the scope and application of Title IX and the obligations of recipients of federal financial assistance, including the University of Michigan, to provide an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including through responding to incidents of sex discrimination.

The university is currently reviewing the new regulations. Any changes to current U-M policies will be made with consideration of the university’s commitment to preventing and addressing discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, and supporting equitable access for all members of our community. Changes will be announced broadly to the U-M community and general public prior to Aug. 1, when the final regulations go into effect.

The U-M Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office oversees, facilitates and supports the university’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs, and activities and admissions.

Campus Climate Survey

Research shows that thriving campus climates contribute directly to the overall well-being and success of students, faculty, and staff and have long been identified as a best practice for universities that want to understand how sexual misconduct and harassment on their campuses impact climate. As such, the university maintains a regular cadence of climate surveying. The 2024 Campus Climate Survey Related to Sex and Gender assesses the prevalence of sexual harassment and misconduct along with perceptions of these issues on all of our campuses and Michigan Medicine, along with awareness of campus responses and resources.

Learn about the ARC3 Campus Climate Survey Related to Sex and Gender »

What is Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct?

Sexual and gender-based misconduct can take a variety of 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. Our campus policy prohibits sexual and gender-based misconduct, as well as retaliation and violations of supportive measures related to allegations of sexual and gender-based misconduct.

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.

Education & Training

U-M provides sexual harassment and misconduct awareness and prevention education, and offers employees education and training to foster and maintain a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and diverse working and learning environment.

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The Importance of Reporting

To create a safe campus, it is important that everyone has accurate information about confidential resources and reporting options. When sexual and gender-based misconduct is not reported or taken seriously, it cannot be effectively addressed.

Many who experience sexual or gender-based misconduct do not report it because they fear that nothing will happen or they will not be believed. U-M takes all reports of sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct seriously and works with individuals to prevent and respond to retaliation. Those concerned about the consequences of reporting are encouraged to seek confidential assistance using the relevant student resources and faculty and staff resources.

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