Meet Our Team

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

To promote civil rights and equal opportunity in the GVSU community by preventing, responding to, and remedying all forms of discrimination, sex and gender harassment, and sexual misconduct, while maintaining the highest professional standards.

Vision

We envision an accountable campus community that is free from discrimination, sex and gender harassment, and sexual misconduct. 

Values

Integrity, respect, critical thinking, courage

We act with integrity by being equitable, impartial, prompt, thorough, and transparent in all interactions. We respect how overlapping social identities contribute to and shape the experiences of discrimination, sex and gender harassment, and sexual misconduct. We value critical thinking, not just by engaging in research-informed practice and seeking and sharing knowledge, but by engaging empathically with others, exercising our imaginations, discerning patterns of meaning in experiences, and examining all situations from different perspectives. We act with courage by accepting challenges, identifying opportunities to make a difference, questioning the status quo, and building resilience. 


Our Team

Our team has specialized experience and training in responding to disclosures of sexual misconduct and harassment in the GVSU community. We are aware that your concerns may be of a sensitive nature and can offer support to help you. If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted by sexual misconduct, harassment, or discrimination, we can assist in finding the options that feel right for you.

Reporting to GVSU allows us to engage in an interactive process to discuss and provide supportive measures.  You do not have to decide to file a formal complaint or choose any particular course of action. Coming to our office does not obligate you to initiate a university investigation or report the incident to law enforcement unless you choose to do so.

The decision to file a formal complaint or report to law enforcement is yours to make.

Theresa Rowland, M.Ed.

Photo of Theresa Rowland

Title IX Coordinator
Director, Office for Title IX & Institutional Equity

Theresa Rowland oversees the implementation of GVSU’s Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct, with an emphasis on employees as impacted parties.

As Title IX Coordinator, Theresa has the primary responsibility for monitoring GVSU's compliance under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and 2020 Title IX Regulations (34 CFR § 106). 

As Director of the Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity, Theresa monitors GVSU’s compliance under other federal and state civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act. Theresa ensures appropriate education and training for the GVSU community, as well as individuals who carry out university resolution.  Theresa also coordinates the University’s response to reports involving employees as impacted parties and assists employees with supportive measures.  Additionally, Theresa works with impacted parties throughout the process, when university resolution is requested by a Complainant.

►Theresa is available to answer questions and provide information about GVSU’s policy and procedures, resources, and supportive measures related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or sexual misconduct. 

Accordingly, reports of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or sexual misconduct can be made directly with Theresa, Michael, or any time (including during non-business hours) through GVSU's online reporting form.

You can reach Theresa by phone at (616) 331-9530 or by email at rowlanth@gvsu.edu.

Michael Szydlowski, M.A.

Michael Szydlowski

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Michael Szydlowski assists with the implementation of GVSU’s Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct, with an emphasis on students as impacted parties. 

As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Michael assists with monitoring GVSU’s compliance under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and 2020 Title IX Regulations (34 CFR § 106).  Michael coordinates the University's response to reports involving students as impacted parties and assists students with supportive measures. Additionally, Michael works with impacted parties throughout the process, when university resolution is requested by a Complainant. 

►Michael is available to answer questions and provide information about GVSU’s policy and procedures, resources, and supportive measures related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or sexual misconduct.  

Accordingly, reports of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or sexual misconduct can be made directly with Michael, Theresa, or any time (including during non-business hours) through GVSU's online reporting form.

You can reach Michael by phone at (616) 331-9530 or by email at szydlowm@gvsu.edu.


Our Professional Training

Members of the Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity Team, as well as members of the pool who assist in carrying out the grievance process, receive regular training based on their respective roles on topics including sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of impacted parties and promotes accountability.

A list of recent training is included below.

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