International Studies & Programs

Sexual Misconduct & Education Abroad

Sexual misconduct can happen anywhere. If you experience sexual harassment, sexual violence, or sexual exploitation while traveling abroad, get to a safe location immediately. Know that what happened is not your fault, and that there are resources available to you.


University Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct

The University Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct defines sexual misconduct as "a broad term that encompasses sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual exploitation."

Mandatory Reporting

MSU faculty and staff are mandatory reporters. This means if faculty or staff are informed of sexual misconduct they must report it to the MSU Police and the Office of Institutional Equity. Reports made to program directors or the MSU 24/7 International Emergency line are also subject to mandatory reporting procedures.

If you want to make a confidential report, you can use the confidential resources available below.


If You Experience Sexual Misconduct

Visiting a hospital

To find a GeoBlue Network Provider in your area, search the GeoBlue Students database. If you visit a hospital outside of the GeoBlue Network, remember to save your receipts and submit a reimbursement claim.

If you need help finding a hospital and want to report your experience to MSU, contact the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Line at +1-517-353-3784.

Reporting to an MSU official

The easiest way to report sexual misconduct to MSU while you are abroad is to call the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Line at +1-517-353-3784. We will report to MSU Police and the Office of Institutional Equity.

You can also report directly to the MSU Police at (+1-517-355-2222) and the Office of Institutional Equity (+1-517-353-3922 or oie(at)msu.edu).

Reporting to the Local Police

It's often a good idea to file a sexual misconduct report with local police, but depending on your location that may not be a safe option. If you're not sure whether or not to make a sexual misconduct report to local authorities, you can call the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Line for advice (and to report). In some cases, the local U.S. Embassy/Consulate may also be able to assist you.


Confidential Resources

MSU Sexual Assault Program
endrape.msu.edu
Office telephone: 517-355-3551 
24/7 crisis line: 517-372-6666

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
www.rainn.org
24/7 Live Chat: www.online.rainn.org
24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
*Calling this hotline from outside the U.S. and Canada will not be toll-free. You may be able to avoid fees by using Skype or a similar service.