Reporting Concerns and Misconduct
If you encounter behavior or misconduct that does not follow the College of Engineering values or University of Michigan policies, or you are unsure if you have experienced such behavior, there are resources and contacts available for you.
Among these resources and contacts are people who are not required to report prohibited behavior such as sexual assault, harassment, violence, stalking, or retaliation; and people who are required to report. Staff and faculty who must immediately report prohibited behavior to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity are referred to as Individuals with Reporting Obligations (IROs). The University’s definitions of Confidential vs. Non-Confidential can be found here.
If immediate emergency assistance is needed or a crime is in progress, dial 9-1-1 for emergency response.
For non-emergency situations, call the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security at (734) 763-1131. Public safety professionals can help assess the situation and determine what other notification or action is necessary. For information on the Clery Act, contact the Division of Public Safety and Security.
Resources from the University on sexual and gender-based misconduct reporting can be found here.
Faculty, staff, and students can visit the policy page on Protection from Retaliation for a complete list of confidential and non-confidential options for reporting wrongful conduct or retaliation.
To maintain confidentiality
If you prefer to maintain confidentiality or are uncertain if you want to file a formal complaint, your first action might be to contact those who are not considered IROs.
At NERS, employees and faculty considered not required to report misconduct include:
- Graduate Students: Garnette Roberts
- Undergraduate Students: Michelle Sonderman
- Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs: Barbara Peitsch
Outside of NERS, those considered not required to report misconduct include:
- Tom Lehker, University Student Ombudsperson, (734) 763–3545
- Jacqueline Bowman, Ph.D, University Staff Ombudsperson
- College of Engineering Faculty Ombud
- U-M Faculty Ombuds
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), (734) 764-8312
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), (734) 936-3333
- Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO), (734) 936-8660
- Sexual Assault Services at University Health Service (UHS)
- Wolverine Wellness Medical and Health Educators: (734) 763-1320
- Third-Party Anonymous Reporting Hotline: (800) 863-1355
Formal, non-confidential issues
At NERS, most faculty and staff are considered IROs. IROs are mandated to share any prohibited conduct with the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office. Please be aware that your issue will not remain private or confidential.
At NERS, IROs that must report any misconduct include (but are not limited to):
- Todd Allen, Chair and Professor
- Besnik Topulli, Unit Administrator
- Lu-Min Wang, Professor and Graduate Program Chair
- Sara Pozzi, Professor and College DEI Lead
- Kevin Field, Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair
- Carolyn Kuranz, Professor, NERS DEI Co-Lead, and Engineering Physics Program Advisor
- John Foster, Profesor, Master’s Chair, and NERS DEI Co-Lead
Outside of NERS, those that must report any misconduct include:
- All IROs
- College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs, Executive Director Rebecca Flintoft, email@example.com, (734) 647-7118, 143 Chrysler Center (connected to the Duderstadt Center, walk-ins are welcome)
- Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance
- For Students: The Dean of Students Office (DOS): (734) 764-7420
- For Faculty: Academic Human Resources: (734) 763-8938
- For Staff: Staff Human Resources: (734) 763-2387
Maintaining integrity and respect
NERS strives to create a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for everyone within the department. While the decision of whether or not to report misconduct is up to those who encounter it, know that whatever your decision, you will be heard, we will take the matter seriously, and the NERS community will stand behind you.
Remarks by Chair Allen
For NERS to be successful, each member of the NERS community must be able to achieve their goals. To ensure each of you achieve your goals, you must feel confident in your work environment. Please speak up for yourself and look out for each other. We are #1 because WE are #1 together.