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Reporting Concerns and Misconduct

In Computer Science and Engineering, we aspire to create an educational environment where all community members can thrive. Reporting climate concerns and misconduct can be confusing, and we are committed to supporting community members through this process. This page provides initial resources and information on how to formally report misconduct and other concerns in CSE.

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When to report

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 experience misconduct, we hope everyone feels comfortable pointing out instances of wrongdoing without fear of retaliation. 

If you experience inappropriate behavior or misconduct, or if you are unsure that you have experienced such behavior, there are resources and contacts available to you. CSE encourages all students, faculty, and staff with concerns about the department or something they’ve experienced to report what they know through any of the channels described on this page. 

For our graduate and undergraduate students, please do not hesitate to report things like poor classroom experiences, negative faculty or staff interactions, discrimination, or patterns of microaggresions. Even if your concern doesn’t fit the criteria for a formal university report, these are serious issues that deserve attention.

How to report

Please be aware that some contacts in the department and elsewhere at U-M are required to officially share your report, while others may be able to keep your conversation confidential.

There are three ways that you can report concerns or misconduct:

  1. Report anonymously: Submit an anonymous message. CSE maintains a form for encrypted reporting and a physical dropbox. Either way, your comment is anonymous.
  2. Report privately: Have a private conversation regarding your report with someone not mandated to share information and prepared to respect your reporting preference
  3. Report confidentially: Have a confidential conversation regarding your report with someone not mandated to share information
  4. File a formal report: Report through the U-M Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance website, though the Equity, Civil Rights and Title ix Office, or through the U-M Division of Public Safety & Security, or discuss your concerns with an individual in CSE with reporting obligations

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!”

Report anonymously

There are two ways that you may submit an anonymous report. Please note that these anonymous reporting methods do not constitute the filing of a formal report.

Submit an encrypted message

Any student, staff, or faculty can submit an anonymous, encrypted message via the form below which will be delivered directly to Prof. Westley Weimer, faculty chair of the CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Use our physical drop box

A physical drop box for feedback notes is located on the ground floor of the Beyster Building, behind the Foo Bar. Submissions made here will also be picked up regularly by the faculty chair of the DEI Committee.

reporting box

Report privately: discuss your concerns with someone in CSE who is not mandated to share information

For private conversations in CSE

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 individuals with reporting obligations (IROs). These individuals can also help you make a report if you decide you wish to do so.

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. In addition, these individuals are required to report when presented with possible evidence of a criminal offense.

At CSE, faculty and staff who are not IROs to report misconduct and who have consented to being highlighted here include:

For private conversations regarding LGBTQIA+ concerns

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:

In addition, the Michigan Spectrum Center has relevant community-wide resources, as well as information for particular groups (such as graduate students).

Report confidentially: discuss your concerns with a confidential resource

For confidential conversations on campus

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:

File a formal report

  • To make a report regarding ethics and integrity, visit the Ethics, Integrity & Compliance website.
  • 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, contact the Office for Institutional Equity.
  • To report criminal activity, contact the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security.

Reporting through the Ethics, Integrity & Compliance website

The University’s Ethics, Integrity & Compliance website provides complete and updated information on the University’s commitment to maintaining the highest ethical, scholarly and professional standards and provides additional resources and information about reporting. It also provides a reporting link for purposes of making a report related to ethics and integrity.

Reporting through the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office

Note: As announced July 15, the Office for Institutional Equity will be replaced by the new U-M Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX (ECRT) Office.

The website for the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office has not yet launched. Information and contact information is currently being updated on the Office for Institutional Equity website.

Office for Institutional Equity/Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office website
Call: 734-763-0235
Email: ecrtoffice@umich.edu
Submit online: oie.umich.edu/
In-person: 2072 Administrative Services Building, 1009 Greene Street

You may also report concerns and learn more about the University’s policies and available resources, at sexualmisconduct.umich.edu.

Reporting through the Division of Public Safety and Security

To report concerns of possible criminal conduct:

Division of Public Safety & Security (DPSS), including UMPD
Call: 911, or for non-emergencies, (734) 763-1131
Text: 377911
Email: dpss-safety-security@umich.edu
In-person: Campus Safety Services Building, 1239 Kipke Drive

Assistance from individuals with reporting obligations

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.

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 Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX (ECRT) Office, and you will likely be contacted by ECRT 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
  • David Fouhey, CSEG Faculty Advisor, 734-763-1518
  • 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, MSAIL, and Explore CS Research Faculty Advisor, 734-764-4237
  • Sindhu Kutty, Project X Team Mentor, MSAIL Faculty Advisor, 734-647-8821
  • Rada Mihalcea, CS Kickstart, Explore CS Research and Girls Encoded Faculty Advisor, 734-647-4088
  • Atul Prakash, CSE Associate Chair, 734-763-1585
  • Julie Tashjian, CSE Undergraduate Advising Office Coordinator, 734-763-6612
  • Michael Wellman, CSE Division Chair, 734-764-8504
  • Jenna Wiens, M-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: