Letter to the MSU Community

August 23, 2018

As we begin a new academic year, I wanted to be sure that you are aware of an important policy change at MSU. In our continuing effort to foster a safer, more respectful community of Spartans, the university has clarified and expanded the jurisdiction of our General Student Regulations regarding off-campus student conduct.

These 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 our conduct system, regardless of where the activity occurs. This includes relationship violence and sexual assault.

These conduct policies include:
1  General Student Regulations, in particular 2.0 Protection of Individuals (http://splife.studentlife.msu.edu/regulations/general-student-regulations). Only members of the MSU community may file complaints related to this policy via: http://studentlife.msu.edu/sccr/student-conduct.
2  University Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (https://oie.msu.edu/policies/rvsm.html). Individuals may file complaints related to this policy via: www.oie.msu.edu.

The policy changes were developed in 2017 and went into effect on January 1, 2018.  I am writing you 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 https://ombud.msu.edu/.

Michigan State University cares about our students’ safety, behavior and development on and off campus. 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.

John Engler
Interim President