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MSU Safer Campus Action Steps - March 2, 2018

MSU is committed to achieving the highest standards with regard to combatting sexual assault, patient care and safety, and protecting youth on campus. In its ongoing pursuit of best practices, MSU is working with both internal and external experts to improve policies, procedures, programs and operations. Below is a summary of this important work.

Combatting Sexual Assault

  • The University Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct is clear: Michigan State University is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff that is fair, humane and responsible—an environment that supports career and educational advancement on the basis of job and academic performance. Relationship violence, stalking and sexual misconduct are not tolerated at Michigan State University.

  • Interim President John Engler has convened an expert advisory workgroup of MSU leaders with deep expertise in the areas of sexual assault and relationship violence. The workgroup is tasked with gathering ideas and input from students, faculty, staff and alumni and working closely with other organizations, committees and units on campus to bring diverse viewpoints to the table as it advises the president on policies and programs to make MSU a national model of safety and inclusiveness for all.

  • MSU strengthened its policy on mandatory reporting obligations. As part of an annual review of its Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy, MSU enhanced the policy to address violations of mandatory reporting obligations. Employees who fail to report sexual assault allegations as required by the policy are subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

  • MSU directed more resources to its Sexual Assault Program. The program now has an 11-person staff, including six therapists who provide individual and group therapy, and 100 volunteers. The program is currently seeking a seventh qualified therapist. Services offered continue to expand as the program provides free group therapy sessions and operates a 24-hour crisis hotline.

  • MSU has hired Kroll, a leading global independent, third-party investigative services firm, to assist with investigations and reduce the response time for complaints filed under MSU’s Title IX Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Investigators will be used, as needed, to handle complex complaints and to reduce the time between filing and finding.

  • MSU’s Title IX policies are compliant with all applicable legal requirements. MSU hired an independent third party to conduct a review of MSU’s Title IX policies and procedures. In addition to finding MSU’s Title IX policies compliant with all applicable legal requirements, the review found MSU to be at the forefront of a number of practices. The reviewers also made recommendations for improvement, which MSU is implementing. A second phase of review, taking place in spring 2018, is looking at awareness and outreach, prevention and education programs, and crisis and advocacy support services.

Improving Patient Care and Safety

  • MSU strengthened MSU HealthTeam policies to help protect patients of university clinics. The HealthTeam created new policies that require chaperones during sensitive examinations and updated policies and protocols governing patient privacy and informed consent for examinations, treatments or procedures.

  • Interim President John Engler announced a reorganization of the university’s health colleges, clinical practices and student wellness programs to increase safety and quality of care across all MSU’s health care offerings. Two leadership positions have been created to ensure proper oversight of the health system.

  • Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., dean of the College of Human Medicine, has been appointed to the newly created position of associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs. In this role, he works to increase safety and quality practices across all of MSU’s health care services.

  • Anthony M. Avellino, chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute, will assume the roles of assistant provost for student health, wellness and safety and MSU HealthTeam chief medical officer. In this role, Avellino will assist with strategic development of initiatives and programs, assure compliance while ensuring best practices and exemplary care, as well as oversee core sports medicine and health care providers, guiding the ongoing reorganization of student health and wellness.

  • MSU is implementing improved patient safety, privacy protocols and quality of care recommendations from an external review of all MSU clinics.

  • As of March 1, the MSU HealthTeam has adopted five of the 17 recommendations proposed in the report, including adopting a new general consent form, creating a centralized risk management structure and legal record for electronic medical records, performing a marketing and advertising review by Risk Management, and enhancing email security to align with HIPAA.

  • All other recommendations are in progress of being implemented and will be completed by Fall 2018.

  • MSU is enhancing student-athlete medical care based on a comprehensive review by two respected sports medicine physicians. The independent external review assessed how care is delivered to student-athletes and provided recommendations for improvement including adjusting reporting relationships, creating a new position to oversee student-athlete health care and adding additional providers in the areas of dietetics and mental health.

  • The review was conducted by Anika Chhabra, M.D., a sports orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Arizona and team orthopedic surgeon for Arizona State University, and Steven M. Erickson, M.D., Medical Director of the Banner Concussion Center in Phoenix. Erickson is a former team physician for Arizona State University and currently serves Major League Baseball Umpires as a medical consultant.

Protecting Youth on Campus

  • MSU strengthened protections for youth participating in campus programs. The university’s youth program policy has been updated to mandate that all individuals who have unsupervised access to minors are required to undergo criminal background checks within the past 12 months. This extends to any external organization using MSU facilities. Additionally, new requirements have been put in place regarding annual trainings, reporting protocols and transportation of minors.

  • MSU hired a Youth Program Director to help manage and oversee all youth programs. The new staff member hired in November 2017 has oversight of youth programs, including conducting trainings for coordinators and directors of MSU youth programs and promoting compliance with Youth Programs policies.

  • MSU is training employees on how to recognize and report child abuse. The university rolled out new enhanced training in March 2017 for individuals managing youth programs, including information about mandatory reporting requirements and recognizing signs of child abuse. This training is being expanded to a full-day workshop in March 2018.