The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that post-secondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to students. The following information is disclosed to you as a student at Michigan State University (MSU) in compliance with federal law. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.
Academic Programs and Accreditations
Information concerning MSU’s current educational programs and course descriptions is available at http://www.reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms. This includes information about instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relate to the academic programs, as well as faculty and other instructional personnel. Plans for reviewing academic functions of a department, school, or interdisciplinary program to include MSU accountability indicators are available at http://www.esp.msu.edu/APR.asp. Academic Programs, the University catalog, (http://www.reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms) provides information related to institutional/program accreditations and approvals (enter “accreditation” in the search box), as well as transferring courses and credits to MSU (enter “transfer” in the search box). University-approved articulation and consortium agreements are available for reference at (http://www.reg.msu.edu/UCC/consortium.asp). The policies and procedures related to academic governance may be accessed at http://www.reg.msu.edu/UCC/UCC.asp.
Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
The MSU Alcohol and Other Drug Policy can be accessed at http://www.hr.msu.edu/documents/supportstaffpolproc/drug_alcohol.htm. The Annual Security Report (http://police.msu.edu/cleryreport.asp) provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log
Information regarding public safety at MSU is provided in the Annual Security Report (http://police.msu.edu/cleryreport.asp). The Security Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning certain crimes reported to have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by MSU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The Security Report also includes information about police and public safety resources, reporting crimes, coordination between law enforcement agencies, fire and medical emergencies, crime prevention, victim support services, the law and MSU policies, campus facilities, residence hall security, timely warning policy statement, the MSU Policy on Sexual Harassment, and the MSU Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. Additional information regarding emergency action plans is available at http://www.police.msu.edu/actionplans.asp. Pursuant to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, MSU’s statement advising the campus community about registered sex offenders is available at http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/. A crime log for the past 60 days is available at http://police.msu.edu/clerylog.asp. To obtain a paper copy of the Security Report or the crime log, contact the Michigan State University Police Department at (517) 355-2221.
Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions
The following links provide information about MSU policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary action taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using MSU information technology systems. The information also includes a notice that informs students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities. A summary of the penalties for violation of federal copyright laws is also provided.
- Copyright Permissions Center
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act Procedures
- Libraries, Computing and Technology Guidelines and Policies
- Notice of Written Plan for Copyright Provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance. The separate, written notice of the penalties for drug violations provided to students upon enrollment may be accessed at http://finaid.msu.edu/federalnotices.asp.
The Office of Financial Aid website (http://finaid.msu.edu) includes information about the following: need-based and non-need-based federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial assistance programs available to students; eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid; criteria for selecting recipients and determining amount of award; methods and frequency of disbursements of aid; financial aid terms and conditions, including terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package; rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV, HEA loans; the availability of financial aid for study abroad programs; how financial aid is handled when students withdraw; and whom to contact for questions regarding financial aid. Federal notices concerning the terms and conditions of federal student loans, entrance and exit counseling information, drug violation penalties, and the code of conduct for financial aid professionals and advisory disclosure are available at http://finaid.msu.edu/federalnotices.asp.
Graduation and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)
Graduation data of degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate students at MSU is available at http://dev.opb.msu.edu/msuinfo/index.asp?info. Information concerning retention rates is available at the IPEDS Data Center (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/).
Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)
In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on men’s and women’s athletic programs at MSU is available at http://dev.opb.msu.edu/msuinfo/pdf/equityAthletics2009.pdf. The report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid. A copy of the report is available online on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-secondary Education Equity in Athletics Disclosure website at http://www.ed.gov/finaid/prof/resources/athletics/eada.html. A paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the MSU Office of Planning and Budgets at (517) 355-9271.
Missing Student Notification Procedures
Notification procedures to be followed when a student residing in on-campus housing has been reported missing for more than 24 hours are available at http://reg.msu.edu/read/pdf/MissingStudentPolicy.pdf.
Placement of Graduates
The Destination Survey Report (http://careernetwork.msu.edu/destination-survey) provides post-graduation outcomes of MSU baccalaureate degree recipients, including the types of graduate and professional education programs in which graduates enrolled. The report is prepared using information obtained annually from students who received a baccalaureate degree, offering a snapshot of their progress during the transition out of college.
Price of Attendance
Information concerning the cost of attending MSU is available at http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/#maincontent. These costs consist of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest.
Privacy of Student Records (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives students the right to review their education records, to request amendment of their records, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, and to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information regarding student rights under FERPA is available at http://www.reg.msu.edu/read/NotificationandDirectoryInformationNotice.pdf. This information includes MSU procedures for reviewing and requesting amendment of education records, notice of the types of information MSU has designated as directory information, and students’ right to opt-out of directory information. The Michigan State University Access to Student Information guidelines, a FERPA PowerPoint presentation, and the directory restriction request form may be accessed at http://www.reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/Notices/PrivacyGuidelines.asp. If you have any questions about your rights under FERPA, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (517) 355-3300.
Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid
If a student withdraws or drops a course, MSU will adhere to its refund policy as published in Academic Programs, the University catalog, available at http://www.reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms (enter “refund” in the search box). Information regarding the requirements and procedures for students seeking to withdraw officially is also available in Academic Programs at http://www.reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms (enter “withdrawal” in the search box). Requirements for return of Title IV, HEA grant or loan aid are available at http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/operationPolicies.aspx#FinancialAidRefPolicy.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) provides disability-related information and referrals; documents disability and conducts needs assessments; facilitates reasonable accommodations; and provides disability-related technical assistance, auxiliary aids/services, and advocacy and training. Visit the RCPD homepage (http://www.rcpd.msu.edu) for additional information on services and resources available to students with disabilities.
Student Body Diversity
Information about student body diversity, including the number of enrolled full-time students by gender and race/ethnicity, is provided in the Common Data Set (http://dev.opb.msu.edu/msuinfo/index.asp?info). The number of undergraduate students who receive a Federal Pell Grant is available at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator.
Textbook Information/Required Course Materials
Detailed lists of required course materials will be made available to students through Schedule of Courses beginning with the Summer 2010 semester.
MSU policies regarding vaccinations are available at http://uphys.msu.edu/forstudents/immunize/index.html.
Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, including a copy of the Michigan voter registration application form, may be accessed at http://youvote.msu.edu.