This report, the Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities document, the Law Student Rights and Responsibilities document, and the Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities document contain guidelines to the rights and duties of students in matters of conduct, academic pursuits, the keeping of records, and publications. This report describes structures and procedures for the formulation of regulations governing student conduct, for the interpretation and amendment of the guidelines, for the adjudication of student disciplinary cases, and for channeling student complaints, grievances, or concerns to faculty, staff, and administrators for appropriate action.

For the most part, these provisions simply make explicit what has been long understood and practiced at Michigan State University. This report identifies rights and duties of students and provides for students a carefully prescribed system of due process. The report does not contain a general or abstract definition of academic freedom. Rather, the report is an operational definition with concrete application of the concept of academic freedom for students.