MSU Department of Psychology Statement on Sexual Assault

We, the Department of Psychology, are heartbroken and horrified that more than 200 girls and young women endured violations at the hands of the serial predator, Larry Nassar. We are moved and inspired by the survivors’ courage to stand firm against a system and society that too often silences victims of sexual assault. To all survivors of sexual assault, we support and stand with you.

As a Department and as psychologists, we affirm our commitment to create a positive, safe, and supportive campus climate and to provide support to sexual assault survivors. As strong advocates for personal and collective well-being, we therefore promise to be active allies for survivors, in both our words and our actions. To that end, we pledge the following:

  1. To work inside and outside MSU to advance policy changes that will prevent sexual violence and that will make it easier for survivors to report assaults and receive comprehensive support. Currently, our faculty are highly engaged in efforts across the University and at the state and national levels to bring these changes to fruition.
  2. To be a resource to the larger university community and to our staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students while affirming our commitment to fairness, equity, and justice.
  3. To critically reflect on our commitment to our core values, our calling, and our mission as they relate to the issues raised as a result of the Nassar abuse. The Department’s Director of Graduate Studies will host a forum for our current graduate students to share their feelings and concerns in a welcoming space. Moreover, our graduate programs will continue to engage faculty and students in conversation on these issues.
  4. To continue to hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, especially as it relates to survivors of sexual assault. In addition, for those of us involved in psychological and community-based services for survivors, we do so with empathy and compassion.
  5. To make available on our website national and local resources for sexual assault survivors and allies.

National Resources
Local Resources
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
Online hotline: 1-800-656-4673 for more information National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 for information
MSU Sexual Assault Program:
MSU Safe Place:
MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services:
MSU Office of the University Ombudsperson:
MSU Office of Institutional Equity:
MSU Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Program:

To reiterate: To all survivors of sexual assault, we support and stand with you.

MSU Department of Psychology Faculty