FAQs regarding Sexual Misconduct Policy

​​​​​​​​​​​​What is prohibited under the Sexual Misconduct Policy?

CMU's Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits dating violence, domestic violence and interpersonal violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, and retaliation.​​​

Who can I speak with confidentially about sexual misconduct?

You may speak confidentially to the follo​​​​​​wing resources on campus about your experience or concerns about sexual misconduct. Confidential resources are under no obligation to share your concerns with the Title IX Coordinator.

  • CMU Counseling Center – 989-774-3381
  • CMU Counselors in Residence
  • CMU Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates (SAPA) – 989-774-2255
  • Sexual Aggression Services 989-774-6677
  • CMU's Employee Assistance Program – 800-788-8630
  • Health care providers, including medical professionals at CMU's Student Health Services providing related health care services
  • Members of the clergy providing related clerical or spiritual guidance

Who can I speak with if I want my concern investigated?

If you want your concern investigated by C​MU, contact Katherine Lasher, Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity at 989-774-3253. 

If you want your concern investigated by the police, you should contact the CMU Police Department or the local police by dialing 911.

Do I have to choose between pursuing criminal charges or an on-campus complaint?

No, you do not have to choose one or the other. You have the right to pursue charges or file a concurrent complaint with local law enforcement or any other state or federal agency, whether or not you pursue a complaint through CMU.

What is a responsible employee?

With the exception of the confidential resources listed above or those named explicitly within the Sexual Misconduct Policy, all CMU staff and faculty are responsible employees and are required to report any information they know about possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

If I am a responsible employee, do I need to report an incident of sexual misconduct that occurred off campus?

Yes, all instances of sexual misconduct involving a CMU student, faculty, staff member, or guest, whether they occur on or off campus, must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible.

If I experience sexual misconduct, what can be done for me while CMU is investigating my concerns?

The Title IX Coordinator will coordinate interim measures including, but not limited to:  no contact orders, residential reassignments or removal, changes to academic assignments, counseling, temporary suspension, or suspension of graduation or other academic progress.​

What if I experienced sexual misconduct while I was drinking alcohol or using drugs?

The CMU Office of Student Conduct will not pursue alcohol or drug charges against students reporting incidents of sexual misconduct in good faith. 

The CMUPD has a practice of not pursuing charges for improper use of alcohol against a person subjected to an alleged act of sexual misconduct.

As a student employee, am I also a responsible employee?

Yes. Student employees are​ considered responsible employees; including, but not limited to: Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants, RAs, MAs, and Student Desk Workers.​

As a faculty member, how can I let my students know about my reporting obligations?

There is language you may, but are not required to, include in your syllabus:

Sexual Misconduct Policy and My Reporting Obligations

The University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment, and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women's Act as reauthorized amended, and other related federal laws and guidance, the University developed the CMU Sexual Misconduct Policy. You can find information regarding the reporting of sexual misconduct, and the resources available to you, in the CMU Sexual Misconduct Policy. 

Please familiarize yourself with the reporting requirements. Because I am a faculty member, I am a "Responsible Employee"—I have to report to the Title IX Coordinator if you tell me that you were a victim or perpetrator of any of the following actions: dating violence, domestic violence and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, or stalking.​

Are there any exceptions to my mandatory reporting responsibilities?

Yes, there may be certain limited expectations. For instance, exceptions to the faculty member's reporting obligation can occur when incidents of sexual misconduct are communicated to a Confidential Resource or by a student during a classroom discussion or in a writing assignment for a class related to the topic, or as part of a University approved research project. In those instances, an exception to the mandatory reporting responsibilities may be sought by contacting CMU's Title IX Coordinator, Katherine Lasher. The Title IX Coordinator will work with you to evaluate whether such an exception exists. ​​