File a Complaint

If you are a victim of a Title IX offense, as defined in the Title IX 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 

You may take action through both the campus disciplinary system and the criminal justice system, or one or the other. 

Report to University

File your complaint with the following University office:

Title IX Office 
Carrington 314
417-836-6810

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

You may come speak with someone from the Title IX Office without committing to any specific option.

Responsible Employee

Responsible Employee is an employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence, who has been given the duty 1) of reporting incidents of sexual violence or 2) any other Title IX violation by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate University designee, or an employee whom a student could reasonably believe has the authority or duty to report. Once a Responsible Employee becomes aware of an incident that may be a Title IX violation, he or she must report it to the Title IX Office, whether or not the student wishes the Responsible Employee to do so. Limited exceptions to this duty apply to the Counseling Center and Taylor Health and Wellness employees.

Though Responsible Employees are required to report instances of possible Title IX violations to our office, the victim, or complainant, has choices about how to proceed. Our office can conduct investigation, offer resources, and issue "interim measures," which are designed to allow both involved students continue with their educational and extracurricular endeavors while an investigation ensues, when possible. 

Confidential reporting

If you desire your report to be kept confidential, you should speak with mental health counselors, on or off-campus, or campus health service providers 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 page.

Anonymous reporting 

You may make an anonymous report of a Title IX violation. 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 the reporting individual maintains anonymity. All EthicsPoint reports will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator.

Not reporting

In general, it is your choice whether to file a complaint or request an investigation. However, there are limited circumstances if you don’t wish to file a complaint that the University may choose to proceed with an investigation. Depending on the severity, the roles of parties, whether there exist prior complaints or allegations against the same individual respondent, or if the offender (Respondent) is deemed to be a threat to others, an investigation may be deemed to be necessary. 

We urge you to keep in mind that reporting Title IX violations, even if you choose not to pursue a complaint, may help prevent future Title IX violations. Additionally, if you come speak with someone from the Title IX Office we can provide you with campus and community resources that may assist you.