August, 2020

Dear MSU Student:

Spartan Life provides valuable and important information for your engagement at Michigan State University. This handbook and resource guide compiles much of the essential information you will need to optimize your Spartan experience.

As an academic community, it is necessary we set standards that will promote an environment conducive to learning. The first section of Spartan Life presents the policies, regulations and guidelines developed to ensure an atmosphere that furthers opportunities for intellectual and personal development while protecting individual freedoms. As a student, you are encouraged to exercise your rights and you are expected to meet your responsibility to adhere to the established standards. The second section of this guide informs you of rules, regulations, rights and responsibilities that have been established in the interest of all members of the University community.

We urge you to become familiar with the many programs and services that enhance the student experience at Michigan State University. As you pursue your studies in the classroom, you will also have many opportunities to learn from people of different cultural backgrounds, to examine new philosophies, to develop new interests and skills and to prepare for active participation in a rapidly changing global society. Taking the initiative to expand your horizons and taking advantage of the programs and services that are available to support your success are important decisions to make. Those in the various units and departments of Student Affairs and Services, as well as many others across the University, stand ready to assist you in these endeavors.

We appreciate the contributions of the students, faculty, and staff who have made this publication possible and are proud of the important activities, programs and services of the University they support and deliver. Our hope is, together we will create a vibrant, exciting and rewarding learning community for all.


Denise B. Maybank, Ph.D
Vice President and Associate Provost for Student Affairs and Services