(All-University Policy) (Policy # 06-11-01)

Michigan State University students shall not engage in disorderly conduct at or in connection with a riot.

“Riot” means five or more persons, acting in concert, who engage in violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly cause or create a serious risk of causing public terror or alarm.

“Acting in concert” means acting with a common intent or purpose.

“Disorderly conduct at or in connection with a riot” includes, but is not limited to, setting fires; throwing bottles or other projectiles; damaging, destroying, or defacing property not the student’s own; obstructing, interfering with, or disrupting the activities of peace officers or public safety personnel engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties; intentionally or recklessly causing or threatening physical harm to another; endangering the physical safety of another; tampering with or misusing fire or safety equipment; theft or looting; resisting arrest; and conspiring with others or inciting others to do any of the foregoing.

This Policy applies to all Michigan State University students whenever the prohibited conduct occurs on the land governed by the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University (the “campus”), when students are engaged in University-sponsored or student group sponsored (student governing group and registered student organization) activities off campus, in all local government jurisdictions adjacent to the campus, or on any other college or university campus.

Violations of this Policy will be adjudicated according to procedures outlined in Article 4 of Michigan State University Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Students found through University disciplinary proceedings to have violated this Policy may be subjected to a variety of sanctions as described in Article 5, Section I.H of Michigan State University Student Rights and Responsibilities. These sanctions may include: No Action, Warning, Probation, Suspension or Dismissal from the University. Either probation may also include stipulations requiring a student living on-campus to move to another location on- or off-campus. Students may also be required to make restitution for damage to University property.

In addition to sanctions outlined in Article 5 of Michigan State University Student Rights and Responsibilities, violators of this Policy may also be required to make restitution for damage to public and private property.

In some instances, students accused of violating this Policy may be suspended on an interim basis.¹

Behaviors violating this Policy may also be in violation of professional standards established by colleges and professional schools at Michigan State University. Procedures for adjudicating these alleged violations are outlined in the Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities document, the Law Student Rights and Responsibilities document, and the Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities document.

This Policy shall not be interpreted to restrict or limit any student’s First Amendment rights to freedom of speech or assembly.

Note: All members of the University community must abide by standards of behavior that reflect the collegial nature of their endeavors. Faculty members and staff members are subject to the disciplinary policies set forth in the Faculty Handbook and the Employee Handbook, respectively.

  • Board of Trustees, Interim Policy, April 9, 1999
  • Revised and Adopted
  • Academic Council, October 24, 2000

¹ See Article 5, Section I.I of Michigan State University Student Rights and Responsibilities which reads: If the Vice President is presented with credible information that a student’s continued presence at Michigan State University poses a clear and present danger to the health or safety of persons or property, the Vice President or his/her designee may temporarily suspend a student from the University. Before temporarily suspending a student, the Vice President will make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the potential interim suspension and offer the student an opportunity to present information that he/she does not pose a threat to persons or property. The interim suspension shall not preclude, render irrelevant, or predetermine the outcome of subsequent disciplinary action relating to conduct on which the interim suspension is based. Nor shall an interim suspension create a presumption of guilt. Students placed on interim suspension may petition for reinstatement at any time with the guidelines listed.