The University of Michigan is making changes to strengthen its efforts to prevent and address sexual and gender-based misconduct on campus following internal discussions of best practices and two comprehensive reviews of its related policies and procedures that began last year.
Among the changes being implemented are:
The University of Michigan’s revised student sexual misconduct policy and procedures include additional options and support for students involved in the resolution process, as well as an in-person hearing where students have the opportunity to ask questions of each other and witnesses.
The University of Michigan is revising its student sexual misconduct policy and procedures to include an in-person hearing where students involved in sexual misconduct investigations have the opportunity to ask questions of each other and witnesses.
Reports and investigations of student sexual misconduct decreased in fiscal year 2016, according to the University of Michigan's Student Sexual Misconduct Annual Report.
Several changes to the University of Michigan's Student Sexual Misconduct Policy are designed to make the policy more clear and efficient while continuing to ensure that all students are treated fairly throughout the process.
Reports of sexual misconduct increased in fiscal year 2015 while the number of investigations remained the same, according to the University of Michigan's Student Sexual Misconduct annual report.
The University of Michigan is seeking feedback from the campus community at several forums this month regarding proposed revisions to the student sexual misconduct policy.
Proposed changes to the policy include more clarity surrounding definitions, including consent and incapacitation, and changes to the investigation process.
University of Michigan students overwhelmingly say they feel safe from sexual misconduct on the Ann Arbor campus, yet about 11 percent of all students — male, female, undergraduates and graduate students — report some form of nonconsensual sexual behavior during the past year.