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Student Grievance Policy

All PA Medicine Students may file an academic grievance or complaint through the procedures listed in the Medical Students right and Responsibilities document found below. If you have any questions please reach out to any member of the PA Medicine Faculty/staff or the MSU Ombudsperson office.

The rights and responsibilities of students enrolled in Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) are defined by the medical colleges of Michigan State University, including MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, MSU College of Human Medicine, and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Students enrolled in the curricula of these colleges are identified as “medical students”. These colleges collectively define “Medical Students Rights and Responsibilities”.

This document which applies to MSU COM PA Medicine Students, addresses academic rights and responsibilities, governance, procedures for complaints, academic appeals, due process, and other topics. Article 5 Adjudication of Cases defines policy on Academic Grievances & Complaints.

The current Medical Students right and Responsibilities document is available on the MSU Spartan Life website.

University Notice of Non-Discrimination

Notice of Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation (pdf)

Michigan State University informs all members of its faculty, staff, student body, contractors and guests, that MSU prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, gender, gender identity, disability, height, marital status, political persuasion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight in its programs and activities.

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) reviews concerns related to discrimination and harassment based on age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status and weight under the University's Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP) and Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM).

File a Report

MSU treats all reports filed with OIE seriously. Anyone is welcome to file a report with OIE, including students, faculty, staff, and guests. Both reports involving the Anti-Discrimination Policy and Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy may be filed online via the Public Incident Reporting Form (click here) or by calling OIE at 517-353-3922 between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Title IX

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive community in which students, faculty and staff can work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. It is the mission of the Title IX program at Michigan State University to cultivate a campus community that is free of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including relationship violence and sexual misconduct.

If any member of the college community experiences attitudes or behaviors that violate that policy, you can reach out to any College of Osteopathic Medicine employee for assistance. For more information, please visit the MSU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.

Common Ground Framework for Professional Conduct

The Common Ground Framework for Professional Conduct was developed concurrently with the Creating COMmunity process within MSUCOM and is intended as a set of guiding, foundational principles that underlie professional conduct within the College of Osteopathic Medicine community regardless of status in the college as faculty, staff, student or administrator. There are significant correlations between the Creating COMmunity findings and the Common Ground Framework, and the framework is one of the primary guiding tools for responding to the needs brought forward during the Creating COMmunity process.

The overarching goal of the principles outlined above is to engage in reflection, foster creative ideas, encourage meaningful conversations, and support purposeful actions in order to build a thriving community where all can grow and learn together.

Approved by the Faculty of the Department of PA Medicine on March 16, 2020