Our Office as a Resource

Grand Valley State University is committed to creating and advancing a campus community where you feel empowered to raise concerns, ask for help, or learn about your options before making any decisions. If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted by sexual misconduct, harassment, or discrimination, our office can assist in finding the options that feel right for you.

We understand that your concerns may be of a sensitive nature and can offer support to help you.  We are available to discuss resources, supportive measures, options for resolution, and your protection from retaliation (after filing a report or participating in a resolution process).

Contact us for assistance and information. We are here to help.

Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity

4015 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-9530

Reporting Sexual Misconduct (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, & sexual exploitation), Harassment, and Discrimination

If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted by sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation), discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation you are encouraged to report the incident through GVSU's online reporting form or contact Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, or Michael Szydlowski, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, directly.

Visit our Reporting to GVSU page for more details about reporting, mandatory reporters, and what happens once a report is received.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.”

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that all entities receiving federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct in their education programs and activities. 

Title IX states no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education programming or activity. 

  • Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. 
  • Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence. 

As described in GVSU's Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct:

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status.  

The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 James H. Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

Page last modified February 7, 2021