August 21, 2018

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 to set standards that will promote an environment conducive to learning. The first part of Spartan Life presents the policies, regulations and guidelines developed to provide 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 part of this guide serves to inform you of the rules, regulations, rights and responsibilities that have been established in the interest of all members of the University community.

You are urged 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. It is important you take the initiative to expand your horizons and to take advantage of the programs and services that are available to support your success. 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 this endeavor.

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 for Student Affairs and Services