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April 27, 2018

Reflect, connect, support

Michigan State University is committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence and fostering change.

The following is a list of some of the resources, services and programs in place to best support survivors and improve campus culture and beyond.

  • MSU's School of Social Work put together a special edition newsletter that focuses on sexual assault. Faculty, staff and students all contributed to it.
  • Counseling and psychiatric services are available to all MSU students at Olin Health Center. Appointments can be made in person during business hours; walk-in services are also available for those students in crisis or experiencing extreme distress. For more information about business hours and the different types of services available, visit Counseling and Psychiatric Services.
  • For alumni and friends wishing to give financial resources to the survivors, MSU encourages supporting the following organizations:
    • The Sexual Assault Program at MSU supports the activities of the Counseling and Psychiatric Services office as it works to help students impacted by sexual violence and strives to create a community free of violence and oppression. CAPS uses counseling, advocacy and support groups to assist MSU students. To donate, visit
    • MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. It provides advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. To donate, visit
    • Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides leadership and resources for sexual assault programs to prevent sexual violence, while promoting a comprehensive, socially-just response for all survivors. This organization is one of two that MSU has selected to help facilitate access to counseling and mental health services for survivors. To donate, visit

Survivors of former MSU physician Larry Nassar's abuse and their parents who need a referral to counseling or mental health services may call a 24-hour phone line, 866-407-1240, to be connected with qualified providers in their areas, no matter where they live.

The Healing Assistance Fund was established to facilitate access to counseling and mental health services for the survivors of Nassar's abuse. The $10 million fund is available to MSU health clinic patients and student athletes whom Nassar abused, as well as the parents of these survivors.

Past events include:

  • "Open Mic, Open Stage, Open Space" for all MSU students was held from 7 to 10 p.m, Feb. 18. in the Auditorium.
  • "Reflect and Connect," which provided an opportunity for Spartans to come together and share their experiences, express their feelings and talk about how recent events are affecting them personally and professionally. 
    • The MSU staff and faculty session took place Feb. 8 and the student session took place Feb. 13.
    • "Working Together to Interrupt Rape Culture." was held on Feb. 28 in Room 110, Chittenden Hall.
  • CANR Open Forum for students, hosted by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 12 to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19 in Room 1310, Anthony Hall; Feb. 21 in Room 271, Plant & Soil Sciences Building; and Feb. 23 in Room 338, Natural Resources Building.
  • We Hear You. This student roundtable is hosted by ASMSU, COGS and RHA. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 in the MSU Union Ballroom.
  • “Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward” (Feb. 22, Feb. 23, Feb. 26, March 2)
    • Times and locations varied by date.
  • Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative Self-care Collection Drive. NSSC collected a variety of self-care items to donate to the MSU Sexual Assault Program until March 12. Donations were accepted at Engagement Centers in the following locations: Brody Hall, Hubbard Hall, MSU Union, McDonel Hall and Holden Hall.
  • "Moving Forward" with Jordyn Wieber, sexual assault survivor and Olympic gold medalist. 7 p.m., March 22, Pasant Theatre. Sponsored by RHA, Wieber spoke about empowerment and overcoming adversity.
  • Title IX Campus Climate Forums
    • ASMSU Forum. 3:30 to 5 p.m., March 25, ASMSU Conference Room, Student Services Building
    • Undergraduate Students. 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 25, International Center, Room 115
    • Staff. 8:30 to 10 a.m., March 26, 110 Chittenden Hall.
    • Faculty. 4 to 5:30 p.m., March 26, MSU Union, Lake Superior Room.
    • Graduate Students. 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 26, 110 Chittenden Hall.
  • Hands-On Healing (six sessions: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 14, March 21, March 28 and April 4), MSU Sexual Assault Program. 4 to 5 p.m., in the Student Services Building.
  • The It's On Us: Spring Week of Action was held April 2-6
    • Self-Defense Workshop, April 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the IM Circle Dance Studio, Room 218
    • Healing Tree Craft Night, April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the MSU Union, Room 50
    • Self-Care Yoga, April 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Broad Art Museum, Education wing
    • Keynote presentation: The Power of One Voice by Steve Thompson, April 5 at 5 p.m. in Wells Hall, Room B117
    • Human Teal Ribbon and Resource Fair, April 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building. Use the West Shaw Lane entrance to access the event.
    • Teal Lights at the Broad Art Museum, April 2-6.
  • Take Back the Night was held on April 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Beaumont Tower and the MSU Union. The free event included a resource fair, march, candlelight vigil and a keynote address by Morgan McCaul.
  • Race for the Place 5K, benefiting MSU Safe Place, was held April 15.
  • #MeToo founder Tarana Burke spoke at MSU's Wharton Center, 7:30 p.m., April 19.

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