How to File a Complaint

Informal Consultation

You may consult with many offices regarding a possible violation of the university's Anti-Harassment Policy informally in several different ways:

  • A University Faculty/Staff member may consult with the Human Resources Office. See Contact Information.
  • A University student may consult with the Dean of Students Office. See Contact Information.
  • Any member of the campus community or visitor may consult with the Office of Affirmative Action in the Division of Inclusion and Equity. See Contact Information.

Formal Complaint

Individuals wishing to file a formal complaint under this policy, must reach out to the Title IX Office. Complaints may be submitted via email to:

Theresa Rowland, M.Ed.
Title IX Coordinator and Equity Officer

In order to begin a formal investigation, complaints should also include:

  • A written description of the allegation(s);
  • The name of the alleged offender (respondent);
  • The type of alleged offense;
  • A summary of the alleged discrimination;
  • What action (if any) have been taken thus far; and
  • Whether the individual has filed a complaint with any other office on campus or external agency

    Individuals are welcome to meet with a member of the Division of Inclusion and Equity to learn about the process, before filing a complaint.

Kathleen VanderVeen, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Equity, Planning and Compliance & ADA Officer
Address: 1 Campus Drive, 4035 James H. Zumberge Hall, Allendale, MI 49401
Phone:  (616) 331-3296

Theresa Rowland, M.Ed.,Title IX Coordinator & Equity Officer/Director
1 Campus Drive, 4000 James H. Zumberge Hall, Allendale, MI 49401
Phone:  (616) 331-9530


Click on the following link for more information on: Where to go for Help.
Also, see frequently asked questions (FAQ's) regarding complaint procedures.