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New MSU officials face challenges of sexual assault compliance

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In 2014, federal officials investigated MSU’s response to campus sexual harassment and assault. They ordered reforms. Two new university officials recently assumed leadership positions in the school’s effort. Current State talks with Ande Durojaiye and Jessica Norris of MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity.

Last September, the federal government wrapped up a four-year investigation into how Michigan State University handles complaints of sexual harassment and assault. Though the university had begun reforms before the final report, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights cited MSU for noncompliant grievance procedures. It also said the school took too long to respond to reports of sexual assault and harassment. It suggested the result was a sexually hostile environment on campus for numerous students and staff.

Today, Michigan State’s efforts to create a more responsive system and a safer campus continue.

Current State talks with Ande Durojaiye, the director of MSU’s recently launched Office of Institutional Equity, and Jessica Norris, Michigan State’s new Title IX coordinator.

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