Our Actions: Protecting Students and the Campus Community

  • Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department Promotes Campus Safety
    The new Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department works to promote safety and improve campus life by educating MSU faculty, staff, and students on topics such as understanding the RVSM policy, navigating personal disclosures, and supporting survivors.
    The team also developed specific trainings for residence hall staff, international students, LGBTQ students, fraternity and sorority life, student-athletes, and graduate students, as well as materials for new student orientation that place an emphasis on self-empowerment and awareness of support services.
  • Stronger Policies and Expanded Training Protect Youth on Campus
    • The university’s youth program policy has been updated to mandate that all individuals who have unsupervised access to minors are required to undergo criminal background checks within the past 12 months. This extends to any external organization using MSU facilities. In addition, new requirements are in place regarding annual trainings, reporting protocols, and transportation of minors.
    • Training was expanded for youth program coordinators and directors, including presentations from subject experts in policy compliance, identifying maltreatment, reporting requirements, gender equity, police response, and mental health. MSU employees also are trained on how to recognize and report child abuse.
    • Youth Programs Advisory Board was established with members from multiple campus units to consult on youth program policies and procedures. In addition, a new director of youth programs position manages and oversees all youth programs, including any class, camp, program, or other learning activity held on and off campus that includes participation by minors.
  • Campus Programs Raise Awareness about RVSM Resources
    MSU’s "Know More" awareness campaign works to promote the resources available to those in the campus community who are affected by sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking. In addition, the Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department develops individualized plans to help MSU departments address campus culture.
  • Reorganization of Health Colleges Ensures Proper Oversight
    To increase safety and quality of care, MSU reorganized the university’s health colleges, clinical practices, and student wellness programs. In addition, a new organization called MSU Health Care was created to nurture a culture of safety, foster a more comprehensive and cost-efficient clinical practice, and increase research opportunities.
  • New Policies for Medical Procedures Enhance Patient Safety
    • After extensive revision, MSU’s policies on sensitive examination and patient chaperones are now considered national exemplars. In addition, a “consent to treat” form was adopted for patient registrations. It gives the provider permission to provide treatment and also informs the patient of her or his right to a chaperone, making it clear minors can have a chaperone present.
    • A triage protocol to review all reported allegations or concerns of inappropriate practitioner-patient and practitioner-student interactions was implemented. A multidisciplinary team reviews allegations within 24 hours of receiving a report to determine if there is a risk to patients, students, or staff. If there is any concern, the practitioner is immediately removed from the care setting pending further investigation.