The community that is Michigan State University provides for its citizens options for the redress of grievances against the actions of its law enforcement officers. Among these are the Office of the Ombudsman, the Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services*, and the MSU Police Oversight Committee.
The Oversight Committee is unique in that it is a legislative creation (Public Act 120) by resolution of the Board of Trustees, whose sole purpose is to receive and address grievances by persons against the Police Officers or the Police Department and may make recommendations to the Police Chief that disciplinary measures be taken by the Department against any Police Officer who is found responsible for misconduct in office.
The Oversight Committee is an impartial body through which any citizen can make a complaint about the actions of an MSU Police Officer. The Committee will review the investigation of complaints received to ensure that responsible procedures have been followed and actions are taken in a timely manner, when warranted.
The Oversight Committee recognizes the responsibility of the Police Department to safeguard the rights of all citizens, faculty, staff and students. The Committee will deal only with concerns about police conduct and Department policy. The Committee has no power to change or modify state law, University Ordinance, contracts with duly recognized bargaining units, or Department policies and procedures. If in the judgment of the Committee, changes in policies or procedures are necessary, it is the responsibility of the Committee to recommend such to the appropriate body.
The term of Committee membership for faculty representatives shall be two years; the term of Committee membership for staff representatives shall be two years; the term of Committee membership for currently enrolled student representatives shall be one year.
Police & Public Safety Oversight Committee
c/o Secretary for Academic Governance
Owen Graduate Hall
735 East Shaw Lane. Room W32
East Lansing, MI, 48825
Complaint Line: 517-432-2256