(Student Group Regulation)

The following regulations are established to govern the conduct of individuals living and visiting in Owen Graduate Center. They shall apply to all students regardless of class level, place of residence or group affiliation when they are in or around Owen Graduate Center.


The Owen Graduate Center Bill of Rights provides a clear statement of each individual’s rights within the hall community. These rights are best secured through clear statements of each individual’s responsibilities.

1.1 No person shall cause or otherwise contribute to unreasonable noise in Owen Graduate Center or areas immediately surrounding the hall. (Unreasonable noise is that which interferes with, or has the potential for interfering with the legitimate rights of others.)
1.2 No person shall interfere with attempts of others to study.
1.3 No person shall interfere with attempts of others to sleep during reasonable and/or posted consideration hours.
1.4 No person shall interfere with the free access of another to and from his/her room, suite, apartment, work area or office in Owen Graduate Center.
1.5 No person shall play any athletic games in a common area of Owen Graduate Center without proper authorization.
1.6 No person shall interfere with the safe or clean environment of others.
1.7 No person shall allow an animal, bird or other pet to enter Owen Graduate Center. (Non-carnivorous fish and guide dogs are exceptions.)
1.8 No person shall fail to make an effort to discourage another person from violating a regulation and/or report a violation of which one has knowledge.

(See also: General Student Regulation 2.00 and 3.00.)


Fundamental to the protection of the individual is the maintenance of an environment that is physically safe and predictable. As members of a group, each individual has a special responsibility to insure that safety hazards are eliminated, fire equipment is maintained, and fire procedures are established and followed.

2.1 No person shall create, or help to create, a safety hazard.
2.2 No person shall throw or drop anything from a hall window or balcony.
2.3 No person shall possess or use firecrackers, fireworks, firearms or other dangerous weapons or explosives. (NOTE: Legal weapons must be stored at the Department of Police and Public Safety.)
2.4 No person shall possess or use in Owen Graduate Center, without proper authorization, any chemical or other dangerous substance, compound or container of such substances, which may injure, molest or cause damage.
2.5 No person shall set a fire in Owen Graduate Center or areas immediately associated with the hall.
2.6 No person shall falsely report a fire, nor interfere in any way with emergency services or procedures, nor fail to conform to established safety regulations.
2.7 No person shall tamper with fire equipment, nor use such equipment for other than the prevention or control of fire. (Fire equipment shall include, but not be limited to, thermal detectors, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher boxes, fire hoses and any other fire-fighting
2.8 No person shall use unauthorized cooking appliances in his or her room, suite, floor study room or other unauthorized hall facilities. (Unauthorized cooking appliances include hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, rice cookers, woks, crock pots and other electrical devices intended for the preparation, heating or cooking of substantial food items.)

(See also: General Student Regulation 2.00, 3.00 and 4.00.)


To succeed personally and academically, an individual must be able to live free from unnecessary emotional stress caused by others. Physical or emotional harassment will not be tolerated in Owen Graduate Center.

3.1 No person shall harass or abuse any other person. (This shall include, but not be limited to, harassment or abuse based on race, creed, ethnic or national origin/citizenship, sex, age, political persuasion, sexual orientation, or disability.)
3.2 No person shall exhibit behavior which harms or threatens to harm another person or another person’s property.
3.3 No person shall abuse, threaten or harass any hall employee.
3.4 No person shall abuse, threaten, harass or exhibit behavior that intimidates any complainant, respondent, counsel, witness or judiciary member prior to, during or after a judicial hearing.

(See also: General Student Regulation 2.00 and 3.00.)


The protection of personal property is important to the well-being of the individual. Protection of community property protects the investment all residents make through the payment of their room and board.

4.1 No person shall tamper with or borrow without permission the personal property of others.
4.2 No person shall, without proper authorization, remove any property from its assigned place in Owen Graduate Center.
4.3 No person shall damage, deface or destroy any property.

(See also: General Student Regulation 4.00.)


Owen Graduate Center is part of a larger community, and as such, is not only governed by its own regulations, but by University policies and state law. The State of Michigan establishes the age at which alcohol consumption is legal. Furthermore, alcohol may not be consumed on state land, except by special exception of the body governing the land, which in this case is the MSU Board of Trustees.

5.1 No person shall possess open alcoholic beverages within areas of Owen Graduate Center that are publicly accessible (e.g., lobby, cafeteria, serving area, hallways).
5.2 No person shall organize or participate in an unapproved student group event where alcohol is consumed without obtaining an Owen Graduate Center Alcohol Permit.
5.3 No person shall allow the presence of more than five times the normal occupancy (excludes over and under assignment) in a student room or suite where alcohol is being consumed.

(See also: General Student Regulation 2.00.)


Certain privileges are extended to individuals by virtue of their residency in Owen Graduate Center. In order to protect the residents’ welfare, the integrity of this identification must be maintained.

6.1 No person shall permit others to use his or her University identification, including a meal card or room key, for the purpose of improperly gaining access to Owen Graduate Center facilities, equipment or events.
6.2 No person shall use the University identification of another, including a meal card or room key, for the purpose of improperly gaining access to Owen Graduate Center facilities, equipment or events.
6.3 No person shall, upon request, refuse to provide his or her name and show appropriate identification to a staff member performing his or her duty.

(See also: General Student Regulation 3.00, 4.00 and 5.00.)


Meal times should be an opportunity for residents and their visitors to dine in a sociable manner without the fear of inappropriate distractions or interference.

7.1 No person shall initiate or otherwise engage in throwing food, utensils or other objects in Owen Graduate Center Cafeteria or hall facilities.
7.2 No person shall, without authorization, remove any utensils, equipment or condiments from Owen Cafeteria.

(See also: General Student Regulation 2.00, 4.00 and 5.00.)


All residents of Owen Graduate Center have some responsibility to help secure the residents’ welfare by communicating to visitors the expectations established through these regulations.

8.1 No person shall permit a non-resident visitor to remain in or use the facilities of Owen Graduate Center, including one’s room, for more than three continuous days during any given week.
8.2 No person shall fail to take responsibility for his or her visitor.
8.3 No person shall interfere with the entertaining of a visitor by another, unless the visitor is infringing upon his or her rights.

  • Owen Graduate Student Association
  • Associated Students of Michigan State University
  • Council of Graduate Students
  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Services
  • June 6, 1986