Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

Student Governing Groups

Many campus activities are the responsibility of the various student governing groups. These groups include:


Associated Students of Michigan State University

Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU). As the all-university undergraduate student governing body, ASMSU provides representation through the General Assembly. The work of ASMSU is conducted through its boards and committees. Offices are maintained in the Student Services Building. The web site is

The General Assembly (GA) is composed of proportional representation elected from each college and one representative selected by each of the following groups: MSU Student Housing Cooperative, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Panhellenic Council, Independent Greek Council, Jewish Student Union, Residence Halls Association, University Apartments Council of Residents, Arab Cultural Society, Black Student Alliance, Cultural de las Razas, Muslim Student Organization, North American Indigenous Student Organization, Asian Pacific American Student Organization, International Student Association, Alliance of Queer and Ally Student (AQAS), Women’s Council and Student Veterans of America. The GA represents students on relevant issues; provides a forum for discussion of these issues; provides free legal services, bluebooks, printing and copying, and interest free loans; approves appointments of undergraduates to various university committees, provides the free Readership Program and special student services and acts as the official representative for the welfare and rights of undergraduate students. ASMSU also provides a free iClicker, calculator rental program and a safe ride program. 

ASMSU Student Allocations Board provides funding for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) as well as groups that are part of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (CORES) and Council of Progressive Students (COPS). RSOs are eligible to receive up to $4,500 in funding through a reimbursement process once each academic year. Groups can apply for funding for a wide variety of projects, including speakers, conferences and educational programming events.

Council of Graduate Students

 The Council of Graduate Students represents all registered Michigan State University graduate and graduate-professional students. COGS is composed of one representative from each degree-granting college and seven officers. COGS exists to promote the academic, social, and economic goals of graduate and graduate-professional students; to establish effective communication among these students, and to create channels of communication with other student organizations and with the academic and administrative units of the University. COGS maintains an office at 120 Chittenden Hall where it provides a copy service and a thesis and dissertation printing service. A loan program, sponsored by COGS, is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. ASMSU/COGS Legal Services provides graduate students a prepaid legal services plan.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Since 1872, Michigan State University students have had the choice of participating in a nationally affiliated Greek letter organization.  Today, the Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community is comprised of more than 60 internationally affiliated social Greek letter organizations with a combined membership of over 5,000 students.  Greek letter organizations merge almost every segment of the campus community into their chapters-leadership development, community service, athletics, social life, housing, management, and business functions, alumni relations, accountability, and responsibility. Through quality educational experiences, fraternities, and sororities support the guiding principles of the institution, as well as provide an avenue whereby all students experience active learning through self-governance.

The 62 fraternities and sororities are governed by governing councils responsible for representing constituents to the greater campus and East Lansing communities, providing programs and services to chapters and their members, and creating and enforcing standards and policies throughout the Greek community.  Through mutual interdependence, the governing councils assist all 62 member organizations in providing a quality Greek experience for their members. The governing councils include:

  • Interfraternity Council (IFC), governing 31 internationally affiliated men's Greek letter organizations.
  • Panhellenic Council (Panhell), governing 14 National Panhellenic Council Greek letter organizations.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), governing nine historically.
  • African-American men's and women's Greek letter organizations.
  • Multicultural Greek Council, governing eight multicultural men’s and women’s Greek letter organizations.

Other community-wide organizations that are collaboratively coordinated by the governing councils are Greek Week and the Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honorary.
For more information on the Greek community, contact Fraternity and Sorority Life, 316 Student Services Building, 1-517-355-8286 or


Student Housing Cooperative

The Student Housing Cooperative (SHC) is the governing group for cooperative living units. Cooperatives are student owned and managed organizations that contribute to the living experiences, social benefits, and economic savings of the members. The SHC meets regularly to discuss problems and coordinate activities of cooperative living and is represented on the ASMSU General Assembly. The primary goal of the SHC is to provide affordable housing for the East Lansing area. Additional purposes and goals are: democratic control, open and voluntary membership, continuous education, improvement of services, and cooperation and communication among cooperatives.

Information about cooperatives is available at the MSU Student Housing Cooperative office, 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823, telephone 1-517-355-8313.


University Apartments Council of Residents

The University Apartments Council of Residents (UACOR) is recognized by the university as a governing group with authority to govern the affairs of the residents of MSU Spartan Village Apartments, University Village, and 1855 Place.

UACOR provides activities and services for residents. The group also represent students' views to University Residence Education and Housing Services, and other institutional partners.

The Executive Board, along with Village Representatives, are elected by the general membership. Voting privileges are extended to the aforementioned. Residents are encouraged to participate in monthly Town Meetings and bring their ideas, interests, and concerns to the attention of UACOR. A tax is assessed every semester. For further information contact UACOR at the University Apartments Residence Education office at 1-517-353-9499. The UACOR office is located in Room 138B, Spartan Village Community Center.

Residence Halls Association

Residence Halls Association (RHA) represents the highest level of undergraduate residence hall government and is the governing body for all undergraduate residence halls. Membership is composed of an elected representative from each hall on campus and from:  Black Student Alliance, Cultural de las Razas Unidas, North American Indian Student Organization, Asian Pacific American Student Organization, Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, Women’s Council, Arab Cultural Society, and Council of Students with Disabilities and area-based caucus groups. RHA is recognized as a legitimate part of the university decision-making process and its purposes include developing communication between individual halls and the university community; sponsoring and coordinating all-university activities for students living in residence halls; formulating policy and regulations pertaining to residence halls students; and representing areas of interest and concern to such students. In addition, RHA sponsors workshops, the Campus Center Cinemas, Movie Rental offices, Spartan Leadership Conference, RHA-TV (channels 11 and 12), RHA Karaoke, concerts, and special events. All residents of Michigan State University undergraduate residence halls are members of RHA and may exercise their voting rights and opinions through the representatives of their respective halls. A tax is collected during registration for fall and spring semesters from each undergraduate and graduate student living in a residence hall to support the activities listed above. The fall and spring only tax also supports the functions of each hall government. Contact RHA at:


Owen Graduate Association

Owen Graduate Association OGA) represents the interests of Owen Graduate Hall residents and functions as the major governing body for that hall. OGA provides a program of information and services for Owen Graduate Hall residents and participates in the formulation of policies and regulations pertaining to residents of that hall. All residents of Owen Graduate Hall are members of OGA and pay a tax to support the activities of the OGA.