Policy & Procedures

GVSU is committed to providing an educational environment, a workplace, programs, and activities that are free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and sexual misconduct. GVSU Policy prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 2020 Title IX Regulations (34 CFR § 106), Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes, including the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Michigan PA 453 of 1976.

This policy prohibits a broad continuum of behaviors, some of which are not legally prohibited but which reflect GVSU’s standards and expectations for a positive working and learning environment.

Interim Policy & Procedures

Process Overviews

When an alleged violation of the Policy is reported and the Complainant is requesting university resolution, the allegations are subject to the applicable process (Process A, B, or C), as detailed in procedures.

In order to determine the applicable process, the Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity will review each formal complaint based on the information available at the time it is filed, including:

  1. the reported location and date/time of the incident, 
  2. the affiliation of impacted parties with GVSU, and 
  3. the context in which the incident occurred.  

If you're considering filing a formal complaint, Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, and Michael Szydlowski, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, are available to meet and discuss which process may be applicable.


This process applies only to qualifying allegations as described in the Policy, Section 9. Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, which is required under the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 Title IX Regulations (34 C.F.R. § 106.45). 

When the Title IX Coordinator determines that jurisdiction does not fall within Process A, Process B or Process C may be applied.

Overview of Process A

Page last modified August 28, 2020