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Aug. 29, 2018

MSU reminds students of code of conduct expansion

As MSU begins a new academic year, leaders are making students aware of an important policy change at the university.

In the continuing effort to foster a safer, more respectful community of Spartans, the university has clarified and expanded the jurisdiction of the General Student Regulations regarding off-campus student conduct.

The regulations make it clear that if students violate certain university regulations stated in the General Student Regulations 2.0, they may be held accountable through MSU’s conduct system, regardless of where the activity occurs. This includes relationship violence and sexual assault.

“Michigan State University cares about our students’ safety, behavior and development on and off campus,” Interim President John Engler said in a communication to all students. “All members of the Spartan community deserve respect from others. The rights and responsibilities of all are clearly spelled out in the General Student Regulations. It is our hope that Spartans partner in fostering a more respectful community.”

The recently updated conduct policies include:

The policy changes were developed in 2017 and went into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Engler wrote to students recently because the start of the 2018-19 academic year is a good time for a reminder.

For more information on student rights and responsibilities or questions regarding these policies, students may visit the Office of the University Ombudsperson at