Grand Valley State University is committed to creating and advancing a campus community where individuals feel empowered to raise concerns, ask for help, and be informed about options before making any decisions.

Our Office as a Resource

Our team is here to assist those impacted by sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, & sexual exploitation), harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

We understand that your concerns may be of a sensitive nature and can offer support to help you.  A report to our office provides you with certain rights, options, and protections, and gives us the opportunity to connect with you and discuss supportive measures and resources, it does not initiate any other action. The decision to file a formal complaint is yours to make.

Benefits of Reporting

Benefits of reporting include:

  • Expansive options for supportive measures, which include campus modifications within housing, employment, courses, organizations, and are tailored to the needs of each student.  These measures are designed in partnership with you that allow continued participation within all aspects of GVSU's community.
    • You can access supportive measures even if you choose not to file a formal complaint.
  • Protection from retaliation or adverse action for the purpose of interfering with rights or privileges under the law and GVSU policy.
  • The option to request any other action through the University now, in the future, or not at all. 
    • If and when you choose to request any other action, the University will take the report seriously and take quick action to stop the behavior, and protect you.

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

When you are ready to talk, we are ready to listen.

If you are experiencing an emergency, contact 911.

You can report an incident to the Office for Title IX & Institutional Equity through our online reporting form, by phone at (616) 331-9530, or by contacting a member of our team.

You may also choose to report the incident to the Grand Valley Police Department by calling (616) 331-3255.

Access Support
& Resources

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, our office can assist in finding the options that feel right for you.

You are encouraged to report the incident through our online reporting form or by contacting a member of our team.

Office for Title IX & Institutional Equity

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

Additional Reading: Regulations and Statutes

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. 

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amends the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to implement the changes made to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).

The 2020 Title IX Regulations amend the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). The final regulations specify how recipients of Federal financial assistance covered by Title IX must respond to allegations of sexual harassment consistent with Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination. These regulations are intended to effectuate Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination by requiring recipients to address sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination in education programs or activities.

The final regulations obligate recipients to respond promptly and supportively to persons alleged to be victimized by sexual harassment, resolve allegations of sexual harassment promptly and accurately under a predictable, fair grievance process that provides due process protections to alleged victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual harassment, and effectively implement remedies for victims. The final regulations also clarify and modify Title IX regulatory requirements regarding the intersection between Title IX, Constitutional protections, and other laws, the designation by each recipient of a Title IX Coordinator to address sex discrimination including sexual harassment, the dissemination of a recipient's non-discrimination policy and contact information for a Title IX Coordinator, the adoption by recipients of grievance procedures and a grievance process, and prohibition of retaliation for exercise of rights under Title IX.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment practices that discriminate because of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity) and religion.

Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is an act in Michigan that defines civil rights; prohibits discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status; preserves the confidentiality of records regarding arrest, detention, or other disposition in which a conviction does not result; prescribes the powers and duties of the civil rights commission and the department of civil rights; provides remedies and penalties; provides for fees; and repeals certain acts and parts of acts.

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,, (616) 331-9530.

Page last modified June 7, 2021