Anti-Discrimination Protections

How the GEU Can and Will Protect you!

Your Rights as an Employee

In article VII of the GEU Contract, you will note language protecting you from discrimination and harassment from categories protected under MSU policy or any laws. What this means is that you can, if you are discriminated against in the workplace, file a grievance instead of going through university channels or filing a lawsuit.  

Most importantly: If you think or worry that you may be the victim of discrimination or harassment, you can ALWAYS contact the GEU. We will help you navigate university channels and we will always respect your wishes on how to proceed.


Who is protected?

Under our contract, you cannot be discriminated against or harassed due to the following qualities or perceived qualities:

  • Age
  • Political Affiliation
  • Accent
  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Gender(Identity/Expression)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability/Medical Status
  • Veteran Status
  • Ethnicity
  • Weight
  • Marital/Familial Status
  • More!
  • National Origin

If you have a question about the discrimination you are experiencing is covered, please contact the GEU or your steward! Retaliation against you for filing a grievance is illegal, and we will never move forward or reveal any information without your consent. You can contact us at any time at

 While the contract only covers Teaching Assistants in the course of work, we are always here to protect all graduate students and will help you navigate other avenues for redress.

The Office of Institutional Equity is one vital option for redress if you have been discriminated against at Michigan State University, have encountered an unsafe or unwelcoming work environment, have been the victim of sexual harassment or assault, or are otherwise encountering overt or subtle bias and discrimination.  The process for filing a claim is described here: Filing a Grievance with OIE.

The form for filing a claim with the Anti-Discrimination Policy is located here: Form.

If you would like support or help in filing a claim through the Office of Institutional Equity, please contact us at our email or come into our office! We will help you through the process, and we will support you in every way we can! 

Other Helpful Resources

More information on the University’s anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies can be found at MSU Anti-Discrimination Policy

More information on bullying and other types of misconduct can be found at Student Life Regulations General Students

The University is obligated to abide by policies and procedures for investigating instances of alleged misconduct involving research and to safeguard research integrity. More information on these policies and procedures can be found at the Research Integrity Officer website

You have the right to a working environment that lets you complete your duties safely. Your employer has the duty to provide you with any equipment that is necessary to your safety during work. Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( is a resource to help you understand and claim these rights

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