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This resource page was developed by the Office of Diversity Programs in conjunction with the SVSU Zahnow Library staff in order to support and enhance research and teaching related to multicultural and diversity topics. This site contains information on library study guides, services as well as links to other resources related to diversity and multicultural issues.

Links to Campus Resources and University Policies

Office of Diversity Programs

The SVSU Office of Diversity Programs is committed to building an inclusive campus that promotes social harmony, cultural competency, and learning vitality. It is our goal to encourage the community to accept and embrace the many diverse cultures and backgrounds that surround all of us, not only at SVSU but throughout the region, the nation, and the world.  Through our comprehensive programs, services, and sponsorships, the Office of Diversity Programs fosters an appreciation and respect for the history, tradition, and culture of diverse groups.  Please contact Dr. Mamie Thorns in the Office of Diversity Programs, Wickes Hall 260, (989) 964-4068,

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 requires that all entities receiving federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex based discrimination and sexual misconduct in their education programs and activities. Saginaw Valley State University is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.  The University expects all community members to help create a safe, welcoming and respectful environment on campus. Any act involving sexual harassment, violence, coercion, and intimidation will not be tolerated. SVSU also strictly prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The Office of Diversity Programs is responsible for implementing and monitoring SVSU's Title IX compliance, and has established procedures for handling possible Title IX violations.  Dr. Mamie Thorns is the Title IX Coordinator at SVSU and is the individual responsible for ensuring compliance with the law in this area. All complaints should be directed to her at the Office of Diversity Programs, Wickes Hall 260, (989) 964-4068.

Disability Services

SVSU is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all the academic, social, cultural, and recreational programs it offers. This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) of 2008, and embodies the University’s historic determination to ensure the inclusion of all members of its communities. The Office of Disability Services provides services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at Saginaw Valley State University.  Please contact Ann Coburn Collins in the Office of Disability Services, Wickes Hall 260, (989) 964-4168,

Office of Student Conduct Programs

The Office of Student Conduct Programs is responsible for promoting and sustaining high standards of conduct for Saginaw Valley State University students.  Admission to Saginaw Valley State University obligates each student to abide by regulations for acceptable student behavior. All students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the University community and to respect the rights of their fellow citizens. SVSU regulations may apply to behavior off-campus as well as on-campus. Violations of the regulations may result in disciplinary action by both the University and civil authorities. Students at Saginaw Valley State University also are responsible for their guests' behavior. Students may be charged through the disciplinary process for the actions of guests who violate provisions of this code.  Please contact Dr. Marie Rabideau in the Office of Student Conduct Programs, Curtiss Hall 114, (989) 964-2220, rabideau@svsu.edu

Student Counseling Center

At the Student Counseling Center, our goal is to promote wellness.  Our trained and professional staff are here to help you along your journey as a college student.  We offer individual counseling, groups, workshops, and programs designed to promote mental health and wellness. Student Counseling Center visits are private.  Records do not become part of the student's official University file.  Information is not shared between departments unless there is written permission given by the student.  Each counselor, therapist, staff member, and student worker is bound by confidentiality.  We also make every effort to ensure privacy over the phone and in the office setting. The Student Counseling Center adheres to HIPPA standards of confidentiality.  Please contact Dr. Eddie Jones in the Student Counseling Center, Curtiss Hall 112, conselingservices@svsu.edu, (989) 964-7078.

Pride Center

Please contact Dr. Lucy Mercier in the Pride Center, Gilbertson Hall North 253, pridecenter@svsu.edu, (989) 964-4776

International Student Assistance

The international student advisors in the Office of International and Advanced Studies are available to assist international students with a variety of their needs, which may include personal and cultural advising, visa regulations to maintain legal student status, health insurance, academic advising, and support for club activities and events. Please contact Jenna Briggs in the Office of Advanced Studies & International Student Services, Wickes Hall 230, intadmit@svsu.edu, (989) 964-4473

The Military Student Affairs Office

The Military Student Affairs Office is dedicated to the needs and concerns of all military-affiliated students and is staffed by a full-time director, the school certifying official, and Veterans Affairs student liaisons, who have all served in the military. Please contact Bethany Alford in the Military Student Affairs Office, Curtiss 121, militarystudent@svsu.edu, (989) 964-2462

Ombudsman

The Ombudsman helps students resolve concerns, problems, or conflicts with regards ‌to University policies, procedures, and decisions. The Ombudsman provides for a confidential and neutral place for students to come to express their concerns. Students work with the Ombudsman to identify steps that may be taken to achieve a timely and fair resolution to a problem. The Ombudsman may collaborate with others in the University community regarding student concerns. The Ombudsman is interested in both issue resolution and prevention in resolving both academic and non-academic concerns.  Please contact Dr. Sidney Childs in the Office of Student Affairs in Curtiss Hall 114, ombuds@svsu.edu, (989) 964-4410

Campus Safety

SVSU Police Department ensures campus safety through providing programs, services and education to faculty, staff and students. Emergency procedure protocols are instituted, communicated and exercised in circumstances of crisis.  A variety of emergency notification strategies and systems are used to quickly alert the community of incidents and safety, security and crime prevention programs are readily available to heighten awareness and ensure SVSU continues as a safe campus. Please contact Leo Mioduszewski, Chief of University Police, in Campus Safety, dispatch@svsu.edu, (989) 964-4141; Emergency, 911; on-campus, 9-911; Parking Services (989) 964-4140; South Campus Complex A



The following are suggested statements which reflect Saginaw Valley State University’s commitment to inclusion and equity as articulated in the University’s mission, vision, core values, and policies.  Faculty are encouraged to include the following in their syllabi and Canvas sites which express this commitment and provide important information concerning responsibilities, resources, and support on our campus.  For additional assistance please contact the Office of Diversity Programs.

Saginaw Valley State University is committed to an inclusive campus community that supports educational excellence and success and maintains a safe, friendly, respectful, and welcoming campus for all.  As it fulfills its mission and vision, the University respects, values, and supports the rights, safety, and dignity of all members of the SVSU community.

Saginaw Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  It encourages diversity and inclusion and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, programs, and the use of its facilities.  It is committed to protecting the Constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University.  Saginaw Valley State University is committed to providing work and learning opportunities without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, weight, or on any other basis protected by state, federal, or other applicable law, and to achieving its objectives in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination.

Saginaw Valley State University is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.  The University expects all community members to help create a safe, welcoming and respectful environment on campus.  Any act involving sexual harassment, violence, coercion, and intimidation will not be tolerated.  SVSU also strictly prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, bullying, and stalking. These acts have a real impact on the lives of victims. They not only violate a person’s feelings of trust and safety, but they can also substantially interfere with a student’s education.  Any reports of sexual misconduct will be promptly investigated and it is the policy of SVSU that, upon learning that an act of sexual misconduct has taken place, immediate action will be taken to address the situation and to take appropriate corrective action. This includes working with state and local law enforcement to bring possible criminal charges, and seeking disciplinary action through the University.  These policies extend to social media and all electronic platforms.

If you are experiencing or subjected to these violations please contact the SVSU Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Mamie Thorns, Wickes 260, mtthorns@svsu.edu, (989) 964-4068; SVSU University Police, (989) 964-4141, South Campus Complex A, Emergencies: cell 911; on-campus 9-911; Confidential Support Title IX, http://www.svsu.edu/titleix/gethelp/confidentialsupport/; Title IX Sexual Assault and Misconduct Report Form, http://www.svsu.edu/titleix/fileareport/