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BME strives for a community built on respect and integrity. Actions against those values do not only hurt our community members, but weaken our community and what we can achieve as a whole. While we respect the choices of those who encounter misconduct, we hope everyone feels comfortable pointing out instances of wrongdoing without fear of retaliation.

If you encounter inappropriate behavior or misconduct, or if you are unsure if you have experienced such behavior, there are resources and contacts available for you.

Report an Incident or Concern

Reporting helps us understand the challenges that members of our department community are facing that undermine their work, education, and happiness. Reporting also helps us to take action to remedy harm and/or prevent future similar events. 

Please note that, while we are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your report, these reports will be accessible by a small group of department administrators who are obligated to forward certain types of reports to the office of institutional ethics. For more information, and for alternative approaches that preserve your anonymity, please see the additional information beneath the box.

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We recognize that every situation is different and has different needs. We have created multiple options around confidentiality and anonymity to best suit your needs. Please explore these options below if you have any concerns about using this reporting box.

Individuals with Reporting Obligations (IROs)

Submissions made using this form are read by BME Department Administrator Ann Smith, Senior Associate Chair, David Sept, and Department Chair, Lonnie Shea. All three are Individuals with reporting obligations (IROs). Be aware that all IROs are mandated to share information they receive about any prohibited conduct with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). If this happens, you will likely be contacted by OIE for more information regarding your concerns and to make you aware of your options. Prohibited conduct that IROs must report to OIE includes (but is not limited to) sexual assault, sexual or gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, racially-motivated assaults, and retaliation related to reports. For a more comprehensive list of prohibited conduct, see ___.

In the BME department, IROs include:

Lonnie SheaDepartment 647-6319
David SeptSr. Associate Department 615-9587
Tim BrunsGraduate Program 647-8727
Rachael SchmedlenUndergraduate Program 763-0575
Jan StegemannMasters Program 764 8313
Tareta JohnsonResearch Process 615-9404
Alan PhlipotResearch Process 936-6638
Rachel PattersonUndergraduate/SUGS Advisor/ 763-5290
Maria SteeleGraduate 647-1091
Ann SmithChief Department 764-4569
Jennifer ReigerHR 615-6971
Thomas MartenManaging Director – Coulter 647-1680

Outside of BME, those that must report any misconduct include:

Alternative options for contacting employees without reporting obligations (non-IROs)

If you are unsure of what to do, you are encouraged to discuss your concerns with one of the individuals listed below who is not mandated to share information. In other words, these individuals are non-IRO volunteers, and can help you make a report if you decide you wish to do so.

Carlos Aguilar

Assistant Professor

Rhima Coleman

Associate Professor
(734) 764-7740

David Kohn

(734) 764-2206

Jim Weiland

(734) 764-9793

Zhen Xu

(734) 647-4961

Outside of BME, those who can guarantee confidentiality include:

Anonymous Reporting

  • Create an anonymous Gmail account. Link to a good set of instructions
  • Fill out the form on this page, but don’t leave a contact or any identifiable information.


Additional Resources

U-M Guidelines for Conduct

Standard Practice Guide
Official repository for the institution-wide policies and procedures of the University of Michigan, maintained to guide and direct the university community.

Standard Practice Guide Policies – Sexual Harassment
U-M definition and policy regarding sexual harassment.

Standard Practice Guide Policies – Discrimination & Harassment
U-M definition and policy regarding discrimination and harassment.

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy
U-M policy & procedures on student sexual & gender-based misconduct & other forms of interpersonal violence.

Alternative options for reporting concerns and incidents outside of BME exist. To report instances of sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual or gender-based harassment, other forms of discrimination including discriminatory harassment under the University’s Nondiscrimination Statement, consider contacting:

Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)
Call: 734-763-0235
Submit online:
In-person: 2072 Administrative Services Building, 1009 Greene Street

You may also report concerns to OIE and learn more about the University’s policies and available resources, at

To report concerns of possible criminal conduct:
Division of Public Safety & Security (DPSS), including UMPD
Call: 911, or for non-emergencies, (734) 763-1131
Text: 377911
In-person: Campus Safety Services Building, 1239 Kipke Drive