Academic Programs Catalog

Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services

Office of the President

Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., President

Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Jabbar R. Bennett, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

The Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion works to advance Michigan State University’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategic priorities. The office plays a key role in meeting federal, state and local compliance requirements for equal opportunity in admissions, recruitment, retention, advancement, and organizational operations. In addition, the office helps to lead and coordinate a range of initiatives and programs that aim to increase diversity, ensure equity, promote inclusion and advance outreach and engagement across the institution. The office partners with senior executives, faculty, staff, students and alumni to support the safety, well-being and overall success of members of historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups, and offers a broad spectrum of educational and training opportunities which promote a culture of dignity, respect, empathy and accountability at Michigan State University.  

For more information, visit; email; or call 1-517-353-4563.


Research Integrity Officer

Charles Cox, 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 Wills House, 287 Delta Court, Room 106 and can be reached at 1-517-432-6698 or by e-mail at  Visit for more information.

The MSU Alumni Office

The MSU Alumni Office 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 125 alumni clubs across the globe.

For those who cannot be with us in person, The MSU Alumni Office 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 Office, livestreams of guest lecturers, some of MSU's favorite professors, and high-profile alumni who are transforming the world today.

The MSU Alumni Office 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 Office fosters lifelong connections with more than 500,000 Spartans around the world. Visit


Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance (OCR)

Nicole Schmidtke, Title IX Coordinator

The Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance (OCR) is comprised of the Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department (POE), the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), the Office of the ADA Coordinator, Support & Equity Office, and the Resolution Office (RO). OCR supports the campus community in creating and maintaining a safe environment and a culture of respect through educating all campus community members regarding how to prevent, identify, appropriately respond to, and report discrimination, harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and relationship violence; conducting impartial, fair, supportive, and equitable investigations of complaints under MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy (RVSM Policy) and MSU’s Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP); and connecting those impacted by discrimination, harassment, relationship violence, and sexual misconduct with campus and community resources. For more information, please visit OCR’s website at or phone at 1-517-355-3960.



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 Responsibilities at Michigan State University. For further information, see, or e-mail or call 1-517-353-8830.