A title IX report released today shows there were 718 incidents of relationship violence or sexual misconduct reported to the Office of Institutional Equity at Michigan State University during the 2016-17 academic school year. That's up from 461 in 2015-16, and 201 in 2014-15.
Title IX director Jessica Norris believes increase in reports is the result of continued efforts to raise awareness, rather than an increase in actual incidents.
Of the 718 reports made, only 74 were investigated. Of the 625 reports not formally investigated by the Office of Institutional Equity, 451 were because the complainant either did not wish to move forward or did not respond to investigators; 101 were cases where MSU did not have jurisdiction; 50 cases did not meet the standard set in the RVSM policy; and 23 were resolved through administrative processes outside of OIE.
The investigations resulted in the dismissal of five students and the firing of six staff members.
The report follows several high profile sexual assault cases at the MSU. Dr. Larry Nassar, a former Professor and doctor at the school, is charged with sexually assaulting dozens of patients under the guise of medical practice. Four Michigan State University football players are charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in two separate incidents this year.
MSU has hired an outside law firm, Husch Blackwell, to review the school's title IX program.
You can read the full title IX report here: