File a Complaint

If you are a victim of sexual misconduct, as defined in the Sexual Assault, Stalking and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct policy, you may file a complaint against the responsible Missouri State University person. “Person” may include any member of MSU, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, visitors or employees.

Filing with the university and/or police

You may take action through both the campus disciplinary system and the criminal justice system. The University encourages complainants to pursue criminal action for incidents of sexual harassment or misconduct that may also be crimes under Missouri law.

In every case of sexual violence, the University, through the director of safety and transportation, will notify the Springfield Police Department of the allegations. The University will also assist a complainant in making a criminal report and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if a complainant decides to pursue the criminal process to the extent permitted by law.

However, a complainant may also choose not to pursue criminal action, and under most circumstances, the Springfield Police Department will not force a complainant to pursue charges if he/she is not willing to do so.

Report to the police

Springfield Police Department
911 or 417-864-1810

Report to University

File your complaint with any of the following University offices:

Title IX Coordinator
417-836-8506
JillPatterson@missouristate.edu

Dean of Students Office
417-836-5527
DeanofStudents@missouristate.edu

Director of Student Conduct
417-836-6937
StudentConduct@missouristate.edu

Missouri State University Safety and Transportation
417-836-5510

Confidential reporting

If you desire the incident details to be kept confidential, you should speak with on-campus mental health counselors, campus health service providers or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality.

Campus counselors are available to help students free of charge. In addition, you may speak on and off-campus with members of the clergy, who may also keep reports made to them confidential.

More information about confidential reporting is available on the Resources for Victims page.

Anonymous reporting

You have the right to make an anonymous report of sexual misconduct. However, depending on the information provided, making an anonymous report may limit the University’s ability to respond to any allegations.

Anonymous reports may be made via EthicsPoint – this allows complete confidentiality. This service allows the person making the report and university administrators to confer about additional details while reporting individual maintains anonymity. All reports will go to the Title IX Coordinator.

Required reporters

Certain responsible employees are designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and must forward information about certain crimes, including sexual assault, to the Title IX Coordinator within three days to review and investigate. The Title IX Coordinator and CSAs are individuals assisting in aggressively investigating sexual harassment and/or assault while collaborating to provide support services and resources to the victims of sexual assault.

Regardless of where it is reported, all complaints will be reviewed, investigated and tracked by the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Title IX Coordinator designee(s).

What happens if you decide not to report or be identified as a victim?

If you don’t want to proceed with pursuing a complaint against your offender, the University may choose to proceed under specific circumstances depending on the severity, roles of parties, whether prior complaints or allegations against same individual respondent, or if the offender (respondent) is deemed to be a threat to others.

We urge you to keep in mind that reporting sexual violence (even if you choose not to pursue) will help prevent future acts of sexual violence.