Who to Contact

Faculty and staff may have to deal with a variety of classroom and campus situations, including those related to the distress caused by a multitude of possible circumstances, including mental health issues, discrimination or harassment, and social justice issues to name just a few. Following are a list of important contacts that will assist connecting you and students to MSU campus services.

  • Mandatory Reporting Information
    • A Mandatory Reporting Guide can be found on the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX website at civilrights.msu.edu

  • MSU Police or 911 for immediate threats. MSU Police handle all police and criminal matters on all MSU property.

  • The Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT) facilitates a multidisciplinary, coordinated response to reports of students, employees, or other individuals on campus who have engaged in behavior indicating a possible threat of harm to self or other members of the campus community.
    • When to file a report:
      • Anything that raises suspicion or concern 
      • Persistent disorderly or substantially disruptive behavior
      • Unusual, bizarre, or disturbing behavior
      • Threats of violence or physical harm
      • Destructive behavior
      • Stalking behavior
      • Acts of violence
      • Possession of a dangerous weapon or firearm on campus

  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides counseling services for eligible MSU students.
    • When to refer students:
      • Abrupt/radical changes in behavior, including a dramatic decrease in academic functioning
      • Isolation from others
      • Noticeable changes in mood, such as depression, apathy, or irritability
      • Poor attendance in classes
      • Sudden outbursts of anger
      • Attention/memory difficulties
      • Alcohol/drug misuse
      • Marked change in personal hygiene/appearance
      • Inappropriate crying
      • Bizarre statements or behavior
      • Suicidal statements

  • 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, sexual orientation, veteran status and weight under the University's Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP) and Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM).
    • What to report:
      • Relationship violence
      • Stalking
      • Sexual misconduct
      • Discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual identity
      • Concerns related to discrimination and harassment allegedly perpetrated by a member of the University community (faculty, staff, or student); or occurring at a University event; or on University property

  • The Office of Student Support & Accountability supports personal and community accountability and addresses conduct inconsistent with the Spartan Code of Honor with honesty, respect, and fairness. The office assists with conflict resolution, manages the medical leave and return process, provides a place for any member of the university community to file a complaint and more. 



Student Health Services provides primary care, laboratory, physical therapy, medication management, and other services.

Health Promotion aims to challenge the health attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of the MSU community with a data-driven approach focused on education, environmental management, and harm reduction efforts so students are able to pursue their personal and academic goals.

International Student and Scholars Program (ISSP) helps international students learn to cope with change, adjustment and stress.

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center works to enhance the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by their sexuality or gender identity.

MSU Safe Place provides advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children.

MSU Center for Survivors believes in the strength and resiliency of all people impacted by sexual violence. We stand with survivors against all forms of social injustice by promoting individual healing and building an empowered, inclusive community.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (external resource) is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Office of Supportive Services (OSS) mission is to provide comprehensive services to first-generation, low-income college students and those who may have a disability.

Prevention Outreach and Education Office (POE) educates members of the MSU campus community on sexual assault and relationship violence, working to eliminate violence on campus and empowering staff, faculty and students for social change.

Residence Education and Housing Services work in coordination with MSU Police, work to provide a safe and secure living environment for our residents.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) provides faculty resources including best practices for students with disabilities.