Demands from Groups on Campus

The lists of demands below are compiled by individual groups and organizations. ReclaimMSU supports these organizations in their quests for change. These are not demands from ReclaimMSU.

MSU Faculty for Institutional Change

February 06, 2018

Regarding Sexual Abuse
  1. All new Board of Trustees members must have demonstrable deep familiarity with issues surrounding sexual assault and rape culture and other forms of abuse that are common inside a large institution.

  2. The next MSU president must have demonstrable deep familiarity with issues surrounding sexual assault and rape culture and other forms of abuse that are common inside a large institution.

  3. There must be transparency about steps taken to address sexual assault on the MSU campus.

  4. There must be transparency about steps taken to make the MSU administration accountable for failure to respond adequately to sexual assault.

  5. All people directly involved in covering up these sexual assaults must be immediately suspended.

  6. We must create a dedicated Sexual Assault Center with counselors and budget for advocacy and activities, and increase the number of sexual assault counselors after a series of exit interviews with those counselors who have left in protest.

Regarding Providing a Forum for Discussion of this Crisis and Reestablishing Trust between Members of the MSU Community
  1. We should cancel all classes and dedicate an entire day to campus discussion.

  2. All coaches must face the MSU faculty and answer questions in an open meeting.

  3. There must be a Town Hall meeting for students with the interim President, his advisors, the Provost and the entire Board of Trustees.

  4. There must be a Town Hall meeting for faculty with the interim President, his advisors, the Provost and the entire Board of Trustees.

Regarding Governance and Reorganization
  1. After the current Board of Trustees meets with the students and faculty, we expect they will resign or be impeached.

  2. MSU’s Faculty Governance structure is an aberration. Our Faculty Governance must mirror the autonomy given to faculty elsewhere throughout this nation.  For some background and suggestions, we refer you to the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Voice dated April 22, 2005 which was never seriously implemented.

  3. We wish to know the criteria used by the Board of Trustees to select Acting and Interim Presidents.

  4. We wish to have a list of those in academic HR who knew about the Nassar and other sexual assaults and when they became aware of these incidents.

  5. The new Board of Trustees must include in its list of primary responsibilities regaining the trust of the Faculty.

  6. New members of the Board of Trustees must have demonstrated interest in the academic mission of the university, not athletics, and must be appointed for a limited transition period until elections can be held.

  7. The process of selecting a new President must be totally transparent. We remind everyone that Lou Anna Simon was chosen without a national search and hired as the result of a closed door Board of Trustees meeting.

  8. We wish to know the names of the law firms and insurance firms that have been retained.

Regarding Other forms of Institutionalized Abuse
  1. We must examine the structures of abuse which have been normalized throughout this University and employ only those who are both willing to and capable of resisting the furtherance of such abuse. The mantra which appears in so many of MSU’s official documents regarding racism, sexism, classism, ableism, normative gender roles, etc. must not be a meaningless chant.

  2. We must study the enormous body of scholarly work which enlightens us to how abuse has been institutionalized here.

Regarding Financial and Other Costs to the University
  1. We must be given a written commitment that the faculty will not incur the cost of administrative failure (possibly over 1 billion dollars) in the Nassar case.

  2. We remind everyone that as the majority of students are residents of Michigan, any increase in their tuition is a tax on Michigan residents.

LiberateMSU (from 2015)

February 22, 2018

In 2015, students formed a coalition called LiberateMSU that elevated a series of demands regarding inequality on campus, especially racial disparities. Then-President Simon responded to the demands but many were not met and still need to be met. We have been calling for change on this campus for a long time. Were you a part of the LiberateMSU movement? ReclaimMSU would love to connect with you to learn from your experience and life up your voice.

Original documents can be found by clicking the picture at left or these individual links:

  1. Liberate MSU original demands (November 18, 2015)

  2. MSU response (November 30, 2015)

  3. Liberate MSU updated demands (November 30, 2015)

LiberateMSU Updated Demands (November 30, 2015)
  1. We DEMAND that Michigan State University establish a College of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class Studies by Fall2017. This college will be home to the newly created Department of African American and African Studies and Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. The Programs of Women and Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and Asian Pacific American Studies can join the College and receive departmental status if they so choose.

  2. We DEMAND the construction of a free-standing Multicultural Center with its own annual budget from the University of at least $1 million to support its staff, as well as social and academic programming by Spring 2017.

  3. We DEMAND the establishment of a Department of African American and African Studies w1th an annual budget of $3 million, twenty fully funded graduate assistantship packages, and, at minimum, ten tenure-stream faculty members by Fall 2017, at least half of whom are hired in the departments at the rank of Associate Professor or above.

  4. We DEMAND the establishment of a Department of Chicana/Latino Studies with an annual budget of $3 million, twenty fully funded graduate assistantship packages, and, at minimum, ten tenure-stream faculty members by Fall 2017, at least half of whom are hired in the departments at the rank of Associate Professor or above.

  5. We DEMAND that all Michigan Dreamers receive in-state tuition by January 1, 2016.

  6. We DEMAND an increase in tenure-stream faculty whose research specializes in Black Politics, Black Linguistics, Black Sociology, Black Psychology, African politics, Black Queer Studies, Hip-Hop Studies, African American Literature, African Literature, and Decolonial Theory. All these faculty hires must be approved by a panel of Black student leaders and will be tenured in the Department of African American and African Studies.

  7. We DEMAND that all current and future Resident Assistants and Michigan State University Police receive a mandatory, effective, cultural competency training, one that replaces the existing, ineffective model. Additionally, we DEMAND the establishment of a new six (6) credit, Inclusion and Intercultural Studies General Education requirement for all students enrolled on campus. To fulfill this requirement, students will have to take two (2) three-credit courses in the new College of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class Studies.

  8. We DEMAND an increase in academic advisors, as well as mental health and sexual assault professionals who specialize in issues concerning students of color.

  9. We DEMAND that the number of underrepresented students enrolled at Michigan State University from Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Pontiac, Highland Park and other urban areas from across the state and nation be tripled by the 2017-2018 academic year.

  10. We DEMAND that Michigan State University meet the 2011 Black Student Alliance demands in their totality, and provide public, electronic updates that identify the steps the University is taking in order to meet those demands during the first two weeks of every fall and spring semester until every demand has been met.

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