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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 on prohibited behavior, including sexual assault, harassment, violence, stalking, or retaliation are called “responsible employees.”

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 responsible employees.

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 responsible employees.

At CSE, faculty and staff who are considered not responsible to report misconduct include:

Outside of CSE, those who are considered not responsible to report misconduct include:

Formal, non-confidential issues

Be aware that if you share information with the following contacts, considered responsible employees, they are mandated to share any prohibited conduct with the Office of Institutional Equity, and your issue will not remain private and confidential.

In CSE, responsible employees 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
  • Roya Ensafi, ECSEL+ Faculty Advisor, 734-764-3184
  • 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, MDST and MSAIL Faculty Advisor, 734-764-4237
  • Z. Morley Mao, ECSEL+ Faculty Advisor, 734-763-5407
  • Brian Noble, CSE Chair, 734-764-8504
  • 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:

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 reporting misconduct is up to those who encounter it, we hope everyone feels comfortable pointing out instances of wrongdoing without fear of retaliation.