Academic Programs Catalog

Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services

Office of the President

John Engler, Interim President

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

Paulette Granberry Russell, Director and
Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives serves as an executive-level focal point for the promotion of inclusion and diversity at Michigan State University. Through its leadership and support of university-wide initiatives on inclusive excellence, it strengthens and creates a supportive environment for the Michigan State University community, fostering inclusion, diversity among faculty, staff and students, institutional equity, and intercultural understanding. It facilitates collaboration within and across units through assessment and education which promotes and enhances equity, respect, civility, and accountability.

The office provides a broad spectrum of instructional opportunities for faculty, staff and students on diversity and inclusion issues; bias, and global and intercultural understanding.  It also promotes consideration of best practices that advance a culture of inclusion at MSU.

The Office serves as the primary resource to the president, provost and various other university officials on issues of diversity and inclusion. The coordination of all these endeavors leads to greater coherence and connectivity of inclusiveness at Michigan State University and beyond.

For more information, visit; email; or call 1-517-353-3924.


Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is responsible for reviewing and responding to concerns related to discrimination and harassment under the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy and Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct.  OIE responds to reported incidents by providing access to resources and supportive services and campus, sharing information about individual rights and options, and investigating allegations of prohibited harassment and discrimination.  OIE also provides training on these policies and works collaboratively with other units on campus to encourage best practices and promote a culture of caring and respect.

For more information, please visit OIE’s Web site at or call 1-517-353-3922. 


Research Integrity Officer

James Pivarnik, Research Integrity Officer

The Research Integrity Officer (RIO) is responsible for ensuring the MSU Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities are carried out in an unbiased, confidential, and professional manner.  Research Misconduct includes fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or any other practice, that seriously deviates from practices commonly accepted in the discipline or in the academic and research communities generally in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research and creative activities.  Misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences in the interpretation or judgment of data.  Initial inquiries regarding potential research misconduct cases are held in strict confidence.  The RIO is located at Olds Hall, 408 West Circle Drive, Room 107 and can be reached at 1-517-432-6698 or by e-mail at  Visit for more information.

The Michigan State University Alumni Association

The Michigan State University Alumni Association continues to evolve in the ways in which it provides value to the university, alumni community, collegiate peers, corporate partners, students and fans of the university. With a focus on philanthropy, service and learning we provide a wide-range of opportunities for Spartans to stay connected to the university. From annual events such as our Global Day of Service, Grandparents University, Alumni University, Homecoming, Spartan Pathways Travel and Odyssey to Oxford to hundreds of in-person engagement opportunities across the United States and around the world; through both regional events hosted by our own staff as well as a variety of events conducted by over 100 alumni clubs across the globe.

For those who cannot be with us in person, The MSU Alumni Association offers hundreds of online engagement opportunities through our Web site in a variety of subject matter. By offering a wide variety of programming developed alongside our campus partners, we're able to offer experiences for Spartans both near and far. This includes original online content created by the MSU Alumni Association, livestreams of guest lecturers, some of MSU's favorite professors, and high-profile alumni who are transforming the world today.

The MSU Alumni Association embodies Michigan State University's world-grant mission to make the world a better place through collective Spartan power. Through engagement and continuing education, The MSU Alumni Association fosters lifelong connections with more than 600,000 Spartans around the world. Visit


Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance

The Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance is responsible for the University’s compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding discrimination and harassment.  OCR provides leadership and oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity and the Title IX Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department.  OCR leads efforts to cultivate a campus community that is free of harassment and discrimination by developing strong institutional policies and procedures, providing resources and supportive services to facilitate ongoing academic and professional success, responding to investigate reported incidents, delivering education and outreach programs to prevent incidents, and engaging the broader campus community to promote a culture of inclusion. 

For more information, please visit OCR’s Web site at or call 1-517-884-0610.


Title IX Prevention Outreach and Education Department

The Prevention Outreach and Education Department (POE) is responsible for providing education programs and facilitating conversations with Michigan State’s campus community on sexual and relationship violence prevention. This department focuses on empowering individuals to be active bystanders and creating culture change. Workshops are provided to students, faculty, staff and the broader community. The department also offers specialized trainings that are designed to reflect unique experiences and needs of different communities on campus. The Program Specialists and Program Director rely on their extensive backgrounds to create inclusive material to engage in dialogue on these important topics.

For more information, please call 1-517-355-3865. 



Shannon Lynn Burton, University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson is appointed by the President to help students resolve disputes in a confidential, impartial, independent, and informal manner. After assessing the validity of each complaint, the University Ombudsperson advises students on possible remedies and, where indicated, actively assist students in securing a fair resolution of the matter. The Ombudsperson also advises faculty, administrators, and staff of university policies and regulations that might guide their decisions. To support these efforts, the Office of the University Ombudsperson has broad powers of investigation, including direct and ready access to university officers and faculty and to official records. Communication with the Office of the University Ombudsperson does not put the university on notice. The Office of the University Ombudsperson was established in 1967 with the adoption of Student Rights and Responsibility at Michigan State University. For further information, see, or e-mail or call 1-517-353-8830.