General student regulations shall be those regulations established within the University community (students, trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff) to secure the safety of members of the University community and University facilities, maintain order, and ensure the successful operation of the institution. Such regulations shall apply to all students regardless of class level, place of residence, or group affiliation as well as to all governing bodies, governing groups, living groups, and registered student organizations (5.2.1 Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University).

The regulations apply to students and student groups while on the land governed by the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University, when students or student groups are engaged in University-sponsored or student group-sponsored (student governing groups and registered student organizations) activities off campus, or when the conduct of a student poses a clear and present danger to the health or safety of person or property. The regulations relating to scholarship and grades, University functions and services, and University property, however, apply without reference to where the activity occurs. Because technology is constantly changing teaching, learning, and administrative processes, it is understood that the general principles which govern these regulations should be extended to apply to new and unanticipated situations.

Any member of the University community may file a complaint involving the alleged violation of these regulations by a student or student group. The University through its internal judicial system shall maintain jurisdiction over these regulations and conduct hearings in accordance with established University procedures. In the application of the regulations, it is intended that one be held accountable for conduct which fails to meet the standard of what a reasonable and prudent person would or would not have done under similar circumstances.


The principles of truth and honesty are fundamental to the educational process and the academic integrity of the University; therefore, no student shall:

1.01 claim or submit the academic work of another as one’s own.

1.02 procure, provide, accept or use any materials containing questions or answers to any examination or assignment without proper authorization.

1.03 complete or attempt to complete any assignment or examination for another individual without proper authorization.

1.04 allow any examination or assignment to be completed for oneself, in part or in total, by another without proper authorization.

1.05 alter, tamper with, appropriate, destroy or otherwise interfere with the research, resources, or other academic work of another person.

1.06 fabricate or falsify data or results.

(See also: Integrity of Scholarship and Grades.)


Physical security and an environment free of harassment are necessary for individuals if they are to successfully pursue their educational endeavors and fulfill responsibilities; therefore, no student shall:

2.01 cause or threaten physical harm to another, or endanger the physical safety of another.

2.02 continuously or persistently intimidate another individual so as to coerce that individual into some action or avoidance of action.

2.03 possess or use any firearms, explosive materials, incendiary device or other dangerous objects or substance without proper University authorization.

2.04 obstruct or disrupt the activities or functions of another individual as protected by law, ordinance, regulation, or policy.

2.05 enter or remain in another individual’s place of residence or work without permission of that individual or without proper authorization.

2.06 possess, use, manufacture, produce, sell, exchange or otherwise distribute any drug prohibited by federal or state laws.

2.07 possess, consume, furnish, manufacture, sell, exchange or otherwise distribute any alcoholic beverages except as permitted by state law and University ordinance.

(See also: Alcoholic Beverages; Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures; Disorderly Assemblages or Conduct; Distribution of Literature; Facilities and Services; Residence Hall Regulations 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0; Residence Hall Room Entry Policy; and Safety.)


The functions of student groups serve to extend and provide support for the learning environment; therefore, no student shall:

3.01 obstruct or disrupt the activities or functions of a group as protected by law, ordinance, regulation, or policy.

3.02 continuously or persistently intimidate a group so as to coerce that group into some action or avoidance of action.

3.03 provide false information to a group for the purpose of gaining membership, service, or privilege.

3.04 represent a group falsely or use the resources of a group without proper authorization.

(See also: All-University Events and Activities; Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures; Campaigning, Canvassing and Petition Drives; Disorderly Assemblages or Conduct; Distribution of Literature; Facilities and Services; Non-Disciplinary Judicial Process; Residence Hall Regulations 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0; and Safety.)


It is important that the property of individuals, student groups, and the University be protected if the University and the members of the academic community are to engage in their activities and to effectively discharge their responsibilities; therefore, no student shall:

4.01 damage, deface, or destroy the property of another person or the University.

4.02 tamper with or misuse University fire or safety equipment, including, but not necessarily limited to, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, and alarm systems.

4.03 copy, appropriate or use the property of another without proper authorization.

4.04 remove property or goods from their assigned place without proper authorization or accept or convey property or goods which have been procured without proper authorization.

4.05 use any University facility, equipment, or materials except for their authorized purposes.

4.06 procure, alter, damage, remove, manufacture, or use, any University key card, lock, password, or other security device without proper authorization.

4.07 without proper authorization enter or remain in any University building or designated area which is officially closed according to hours posted or which is restricted for designated purposes or to designated individuals.

4.08 place posters, signs, or handbills except on one’s own personal property or in areas authorized by the University.

(See also: Bicycles-Illegal Taking; Closing Hours; Distribution of Literature; Facilities and Services; Plant Materials; Residence Regulations 4.0, 6.0 and 7.0; Residence Hall Room Entry; Signs.)


Functions, services, and processes of the University must be protected if the institution is to be effective in discharging its responsibilities; therefore, no student shall:

5.01 provide false information for the purpose of gaining benefit for oneself or others to any office, agency, or individual acting on behalf of the University.

5.02 interfere with the functions and services of the University (for example, including, but not limited to, classes, social, cultural, and athletic events, computing services, registration, housing and food services, governance meetings and judicial hearings) such that the function or service is obstructed or disrupted.

5.03 alter or forge any University document and/or record, including identification materials, issued or used by the University.

5.04 allow any University document and/or record, including identification materials, issued by the University for one’s own use to be used by another.

5.05 use any University document and/or record for other than its authorized purpose, including identification materials issued to another.

5.06 act as an agent of the University unless authorized to do so.

5.07 fail to present correct identification issued by the University for the student’s use when requested to do so by an authorized University agent acting in the performance of designated job responsibilities or who has reason to believe that the student may be involved in the violation of a regulation.

5.08 without proper authorization, sell or make contracts for purchase or delivery of any commercial merchandise or services for personal profit or gain, or solicit voluntary contributions for organizations.

(See also: Campus Bus Policy, Disorderly Assemblages or Conduct; Distribution of Literature; Facilities and Services; Housing Policy; Non-Disciplinary Judicial Process; Records; Residence Hall Regulation 6.0; and Student Identification Cards.)

  • University Committee on Student Affairs, February 19, 1988
  • Academic Council, January 17, 1989
  • President, to become effective September 1, 1989

Fire Safety

It is imperative that students residing in University housing be confident that their neighbors and visitors not engage in acts that will increase the likelihood of fire or loss of life from fire. Setting off explosives (including firecrackers) or setting a fire in University housing, or falsely pulling a fire alarm in residence halls may result in suspension from the University and prosecution under the law.

Students should be familiar with General Student Regulation 2.01, 2.03, and 4.02 and Section 2 of the Residence Hall Regulations–Undergraduate Halls, Owen Graduate Center, and University Apartments Community. The Process for adjudicating alleged violations of these regulations is outlined in Article 4 of Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University.