Reporting Concerns and Misconduct
If you encounter inappropriate behavior or misconduct, or if you are unsure if you have experienced such behavior, there are resources and contacts available for you.
Before you report, you must decide if you would like to keep your initial conversation confidential. Some contacts are required to officially share your report and others may keep your conversation confidential.
Those who are required to report your concerns of prohibited behavior involving sexual assault, sexual or gender-based misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, or retaliation related to reports of any of the above concerns, are called individuals with reporting obligations (IROs). IROs can also help you to make a report yourself.
If you want to maintain confidentiality, or are uncertain whether you want to have a formal complaint filed, your first action might be to contact those who are not considered IROs. Confidential employees can also help you make a report if you decide you wish to do so.
Message from Prof. Westley Weimer, faculty chair of the CSE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee:
“If you have concerns or feedback about the department, I would honestly like to hear from you. I can keep your comments confidential and keep you anonymous. If you’re uncertain about trusting me, double check with one of the student groups, such as CSEG, ECSEL+, or ComputingForAll, who have worked with me in the past. I will take what you say seriously: we’d much rather know the truth. You don’t need to worry that a small misunderstanding will get someone in trouble, but neither should you worry that your experiences will be overlooked. Even if something appears to be a minor incident that you could brush off, hearing about it could help us determine that it is part of a trend. We’re committed to improving the department’s climate, and the first step of that is understanding how things really are: I do want to hear from you!”
To maintain confidentiality
There are two ways to report your concerns confidentially:
1) Submit an anonymous encrypted message
Any student, staff, or faculty can submit an anonymous, encrypted message via the form below directly to Prof. Westley Weimer, faculty chair of the CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Note: A physical drop box for feedback notes has been installed on the ground floor of Beyster behind the Foo Bar. Submissions made here will also be picked up regularly by the faculty chair of the DEI Committee.
2) Discuss your concerns with someone not mandated to share information
To discuss your concerns with someone who is not mandated to share information on prohibited behavior with others, you should contact those who are not considered IROs. Please note that reporting is encouraged, and while CSE faculty and staff who are not designated as IROs are not mandated to report concerns, they also are not prohibited from doing so. You may wish to discuss with these faculty and staff whether or not you would like your concerns reported.
At CSE, faculty and staff who are not IROs to report misconduct and who have consented to being highlighted here include:
- Ashley Andreae, CSE Graduate Programs Coordinator, 734-647-1807
- Mahdi Cheraghchi, Assistant Professor, 734-763-9165
- Amir Kamil, Lecturer IV, 734-764-2138
- Manos Kapritsos, Assistant Professor, 734-615-3343
- Baris Kasikci, Assistant Professor, 734-763-1560
- Brian Noble, Professor, 734-936-5983
- Alanson Sample, Associate Professor, 253-642-7287
- Laura Trombley, Undergraduate Program Advisor, 734-763-6563
- Westley Weimer, CSE DEI Chair, 734-615-9916
There are also Confidential Resources on campus, who can maintain confidentiality within the University for the individual who shared the information. Confidential Resources are prohibited from disclosing confidential information until (1) given permission by the person who disclosed the information; (2) there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others; (3) the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18; or (4) as otherwise required or permitted by law or court order. Confidential resources include:
- Tom Lehker, University Student Ombuds, 734-763–3545
- Jacqueline Bowman, University Staff Ombuds, 734-764-7272
- Office of the University Faculty Ombuds, 734-763-2707
- Prof. Robert Ziff, Unit Ombuds, College of Engineering
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), 734-764-8312
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), 734-936-3333
Students and community members have asked about particular channels for reporting LGBTQIA+ concerns or asking related questions in CSE. While gender and gender identities and sexual orientations are explicitly celebrated parts of Michigan Engineering Diversity, and any person or resource listed on this page would be happy to discuss such issues, some may feel more comfortable approaching people who self-identify as part of that community, such as:
To report concerns
To report concerns of sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual or gender-based harassment, other forms of discrimination including discriminatory harassment under the University’s Nondiscrimination Statement:
You may also report concerns to OIE and learn more about the University’s policies and available resources, at sexualmisconduct.umich.edu.
To report concerns of possible criminal conduct:
Division of Public Safety & Security (DPSS), including UMPD
Call: 911, or for non-emergencies, (734) 763-1131
In-person: Campus Safety Services Building, 1239 Kipke Drive
Individuals with reporting obligations
Be aware that if you share information with the following contacts, considered IROs, they are mandated to share information they receive about any prohibited conduct with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), and you will likely be contacted by OIE for more information regarding your concerns and to make you aware of your options.
In CSE, IROs that must report any misconduct include:
- Valeria Bertacco, GEECS Faculty Advisor, Assoc. Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School, 734-615-4047
- Mark Brehob, Student Project Lab Coordinator, 734-764-0525
- Joyce Chai, ECSEL+ Faculty Advisor, 734-764-3308
- Kelly Cormier, CSE Department Administrator, 734-764-8505
- Chris Firlik, CSE Undergraduate Advising Office Coordinator, 734-763-6612
- J. Alex Halderman, Michigan Hackers Faculty Advisor, 734-647-1806
- H.V. Jagadish, Director, Michigan Institute for Data Science, 734-763-4079
- Chad Jenkins, Associate Director, Michigan Robotics Institute
- Danai Koutra, ECSEL+,MDST, and MSAIL Faculty Advisor, 734-764-4237
- Z. Morley Mao, ECSEL+ Faculty Advisor, 734-763-5407
- Seth Pettie, CSE Associate Chair, 734-615-4210
- Quentin Stout, CSEG Faculty Advisor, 734-763-1518
- Michael Wellman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, 734-764-6894
- Jenna Wiens, ECSEL+, H-HEAL, MDST, MSAIL Faculty Advisor, and Co-Director, Precision Health, 734-647-4832
- Don Winsor, EECS Departmental Computing Organization Coordinator, 734-764-8543
- Austin Yarger, WolverineSoft Faculty Advisor, 734-763-2012
Outside of CSE, those that must report any misconduct include:
- All IROs
- CoE Office of Student Affairs, run by Executive Director Jeane Murabito, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-647-7118, 143 Chrysler Center (connected to the Duderstadt Center, walk-ins are welcome)
- University Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance
- Office for Institutional Equity
Maintaining respect and integrity
CSE strives for a community built on respect and integrity. Actions against those values do not only hurt our community members, but weaken our community and what we can achieve as a whole. While we respect the choices of those who encounter misconduct, we hope everyone feels comfortable pointing out instances of wrongdoing without fear of retaliation.