Reporting Sexual or Gender-Based Misconduct

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE/CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: If you or someone you know is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. For other 24-hour assistance call the University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Public Safety at 313-593-5333.  For confidential crisis intervention/support, call First Step of Western Wayne County's 24-hour crisis line at 800-453-5900.  For more information about contacting law enforcement, see the "To File A Police Report" section below.

TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE UNIVERSITY: The University prohibits sexual and gender-based misconduct.  To file a complaint with the University, contact the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office at 313-436-9194, or use this online reporting form.  For more information about filing a complaint with contacting law enforcement, see "To File A Complaint with the University" section below.

TO SPEAK WITH SOMEBODY CONFIDENTIALLY: Please go to he "To Speak With Somebody Confidentially" section below for a list of University resources or to the  "Community Resources" section below if you would prefer to access non-University resources.

You have the option to report to the university, to law enforcement, to both, or neither.  The university's Our Community Matters resource guide provides information about how to report to the university and/or to law enforcement, preserving evidence, helpful resources, and about how the university will review reports it receives.  The resources, support, and protective measures described on this website and in the resource guide are available to you even if you decide not to participate in university or law enforcement processes.

The University also prohibits retaliation. Contact the Office for Institutional Equity if you believe you are being retaliated against because you raised concerns about sexual or gender-based misconduct or participated in an investigation of such concerns.

To speak with someone confidentially

The University offers resources that allow individuals who experience sexual misconduct to seek the help they need.  Sometimes an individual wants to speak to somebody confidentially without filing a report or seeking follow up on their concerns.  The University offers these confidential resources.

Complainant Support (student, faculty and staff):

Violence Prevention and Response Initiatives, 313-593-3503 or  


For students: Counseling and Psychological Services, 2157 University Center, 313-593-5430 or

For faculty and staff: Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office(734) 936-8660 or  


For students: Ombuds Services2174 B University Center, 313-593-5440 or

For faculty: Faculty Ombuds313-593-5240 or

For staff: Staff Ombuds, (734) 936-0600 or 

Community Resources for students, faculty and staff:

Please see the "Community Resources" tab, below, which lists resources in the community, many of which are confidential.

To file a complaint with the University

File a Complaint or Request Information

To file a complaint with the University or for information about the process for addressing a complaint, please contact the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office at, 313-436-9194 or via the online reporting form.  Alternatively, a report may be made using the Compliance Hotline.

Detailed information about the process for addressing reports and complaints may be found in the Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and the related procedures (there are procedures for complaints against students and procedures for complaints against employees/third parties).  

Complainant Information

Respondent Information

In some cases, individuals make an initial report but then decide they do not wish for the University to undertake an investigation.  When appropriate, the University will not pursue the matter, which is possible in most cases.  There may, however, be instances when the University may still need to review and investigate the information provided and may also be obligated to share the report with law enforcement for possible handling through the criminal justice system. Even in such cases, though, you do not have to participate in the university or law enforcement processes if you do not wish to do so.

Individuals with questions or concerns may direct them to the Director of the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office, Pamela Heatlie, who is also the Title IX Coordinator, at 313-436-9194 or

To file a police report

Sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking are crimes. In addition to submitting an administrative complaint with the Office for Institutional Equity, individuals are encouraged to file a criminal complainant with the University of Michigan - Dearborn Department of Public Safety

Contacting Public Safety

1300 Campus Support Services Building

E-mail requests to

  • Dial 9-1-1 for help anywhere on campus, using a campus phone. 
    Emergency Phones connect directly to dispatch. Pick up any campus emergency phone to be immediately connected to the dispatch office.
  • Dial 313-593-5333 to contact our 24/7 Dispatch 
    A dispatcher is available to receive your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.
  • Dial 313-593-9953 to reach the Public Safety administrative phone.
    Department Business Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The importance of preserving evidence

Even if you do not plan to file a complaint at the time, it can be extremely helpful to preserve evidence in the event it is needed later.  Evidence can take many forms, including communications, social media, photographs, physical evidence, etc.

All victims of sexual assault have a right, under Michigan law, to have a forensic medical examination and evidence kit collected up to 120 hours (5 days) after the assault in order to preserve any evidence of the assault. The forensic exam will be administered by a registered nurse who has received advanced training to provide care and treatment to sexual assault victims.

Even if you are not sure that you want to make a police report, it can be helpful to have any available evidence collected in case you decide to make a report with law enforcement at a later date. The nurse can also provide emergency contraception, treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other needed medical care. Sexual assault forensic exams will not be billed to medical insurance without your consent.

You can obtain a forensic exam and evidence kit at these facilities:

  • Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner's Program (WC SAFE), 313-964-9701
  • Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn, 313-593-7000
Community resources

In addition to campus resources, there are a variety of helpful resources available in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties and nationally:

  • The Avalon Healing Center (formerly Wayne County-SAFE)
    The Avalon Healing Center provides those affected by sexual assault with immediate and ongoing comprehensive services (including medical forensic exams, counseling, and advocacy and crisis intervention), at no cost.  Avalon encourages survivor healing and empowerment, promotes public awareness and leads social change.
    24 hour help line: (313) 474-SAFE (without letters: 313-474-7233)
  • First Step-Western Wayne County
    Since 1978, First Step has been working for peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County, Michigan. First Step is the only non-profit agency in out-Wayne County providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
    24 hour crisis line: 888-453-5900

  • ACCESS-Victime of Crime Act Program (VOCA)
    ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) has been serving the community for more than 40 years. Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1971 out of a storefront in Dearborn’s south end, ACCESS was created to assist the Arab immigrant population adapt to life in the United States.
    Phone: 313-216-2229

  • Haven-Oakland County
    As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 20,000 people each year.
    24 hour crisis line: 877-922-1274

  • SAFE House Center-Washtenaw County
    SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. Our services include emergency shelter for those in danger of being hurt or killed, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and especially, hope.
    24 Hour Helpline: 734-995-5444

  • Turning Point-Macomb County
    Turning Point’s mission is to provide programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to regain control of their lives.
    24 hour crisis line: 586-463-6990

  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
    SAPAC promotes social change and activism on two levels: through the professional services we provide to the University of Michigan community, and through student leadership development wherein students help students as peers. We believe that women and men must work together to eradicate sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence and that this necessitates activism in many areas, including education, advocacy, crisis-intervention, safety-building, bystander intervention and policy development. 
    Crisis Line: 734-936-3333
  • Equality Michigan (LGBTQ)

    Department of Victim Services
    The Department of Victim Services (DVS) at EQMI provides dedicated survivor-centered services to LGBTQ, SGL, and individuals living with HIV who have experienced violence, discrimination, and harassment.EQMI DVS works to increase self-determination, safety, and power for people who have been harmed.
    Phone: 313-537-7000

  • Affirmations (LGBTQ)
    Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe!
    Phone: 248-398-7105

  • Community Health & Social Services (LA VIDA)
    LA VIDA Partnership, a community program of CHASS Center, is a domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention program that provides linguistically and culturally appropriate services and resources targeted to Latino/a youth and families in Southwest Detroit and Southeast Michigan. All services are provided in English and Spanish.
    Phone: 313-849-3920
  • RAINN – Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network National Hotline
    RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
    24-hr Phone: 800-656-4673
Information for Individuals with Reporting Obligations

REPORTING: To make a report or ask questions about reporting obligations, please contact ECRT at or 313-436-9194, or file a report via the online reporting form

TO LEARN IF YOU ARE AN IRO: This IRO flowchart can help you determine if you are an IRO.  This online training can, as well, and also helps you learn more about your obligations as an IRO and how to handle a disclosure:  Reporting Sexual and Gender Based Misconduct.  

RESPONDING TO DISCLOSURES: This information sheet contains helpful information about responding to disclosures. 

IRO SIGN: You may wish to print off this IRO sign to hang in your office, which may allow individuals to make informed choices about whether to disclose to you.  Please bear in mind that you should still disclose your IRO status as soon as practicable when an individual is disclosing to you, since the individual may not have seen or been able to see the sign, or may not understand what being an "IRO" means.  

Title IX Coordinator
  • The Title IX Coordinator is:
    • Pamela Heatlie, Director, Equity, Civil Rights & Title IX Office and Title IX Coordinator
    • (313) 436-9194
    • 1114 Administration Building
    • 4901 Evergreen Road
    • Dearborn MI 48128
  • Reports about sexual misconduct may be made to directly to Ms. Heatlie.
  • During the 2021 fiscal year, Ms. Heatlie, as well as investigators, decision-makers and persons who facilitate informal resolution of Title IX Misconduct received this training.

Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT)

Administration Building (AB)

Pamela Heatlie

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