Following the onset of the COVID pandemic, the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security’s DEI’s Program and its Special Victims Unit (SVU) participated in a virtual event titled “Addressing Sexual Misconduct,” coordinated by LSA’s Comprehensive Studies and Bridge programs.

During the event, DPSS shared resources and information about their services alongside the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), Office for Institutional Equity, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Spectrum Center, with special emphasis on the SVU unit’s commitment to “start by believing” and trauma-informed responses. Among the key outreach goals were engaging marginalized populations, building trust and providing a supportive community to assist first-year students transitioning to U-M. This event provided an opportunity for DPSS to connect with U-M students virtually, despite COVID-19 challenges.