Individuals who file a complaint of harassment, sexual violence or other gender-based violations, are protected under federal law and University policy from retaliation. This includes retaliation from the accused, their associates or anyone in the University itself on the basis of filing a gender-based complaint. Retaliation may include intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against the individual because of the individual’s complaint or participation.
University Response to Retaliation
The University is aware that complaints of sexual violence may be followed by retaliation against a complainant and/or witness by the alleged perpetrator or his/her associates. When the University is made aware of an allegation of retaliation following a Title IX complaint, the University will take prompt and effective steps to investigate and appropriately address continuing or new problems. In addition, following an initial Title IX complaint the University will make every effort to eliminate the hostile environment and prevent recurrence, including instances of retaliation.
Retaliation should be reported to any of the following campus departments:Kaitlin Zies
Title IX Coordinator (Ferris State University, Big Rapids campus) Phone: 231.591.2088 Email:[email protected] Office of Student Conduct (Ferris State University, Big Rapids campus) Hours: M-F, 8-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Phone: 231.591.3619
Statement on Privacy
When reporting an allegation of retaliation to the following campus resources your privacy will be a significant priority. Information regarding the allegation will only be shared with individuals who have direct responsibility for responding to the allegation, addressing its effects, and preventing any recurrence.