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Student Rights and Responsibilities


Student Rights and Responsibilities

On March 16, 1967, the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University approved a document entitled Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University. The report established guidelines to identify rights and duties of students in regard to conduct, academic pursuits, the keeping of records, and publications. It provided for structures and procedures for the formulation of regulations governing student conduct, for the interpretation and amendment of the guidelines, for due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases, and for channeling to the faculty and administration student complaints and concerns in the academic area.

The original document has been amended several times, most recently in 2014 which also included a name change. The document is now entitled Student Rights and Responsibilities. The revised edition incorporating all amendments as approved by the Board of Trustees is included in Spartan Life. Visit http://splife.studentlife.msu.edu.


Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities

On June 18, 1971, the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University approved a document entitled Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities. The document established guidelines to identify rights and duties of graduate students in regard to such matters as academic programming, conduct, support, and the keeping of records. This document provided for structures and procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct, for amending the document, for considering grievances, and for providing due process in the adjudication of cases involving graduate student rights and responsibilities.

The original document has been subsequently amended. The revised edition incorporating all amendments as approved by the Board of Trustees is included in Spartan Life. Visit www.vps.msu.edu/SpLife/index.htm.



Law Student Rights and Responsibilities

On June 6, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Law College at Michigan State University approved a document entitled Law Student Rights and Responsibilities. The document established guidelines to identify rights and duties of law students in regard to such matters as academic programming, conduct, support, and the keeping of records. This document provided for structures and procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct, for amending the document, for considering grievances, and for providing due process in the adjudication of cases involving law student rights and responsibilities.  You may view the document: Spartan Life. Visit www.vps.msu.edu/SpLife/index.htm.

Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities

On June 6, 1986, the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University approved a document entitled Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities. The document established guidelines to identify rights and duties of medical students in regard to such matters as academic programming, conduct, support, and the keeping of records.This document provided for structures and procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct, for amending the document, for considering grievances, and for providing due process in the adjudication of cases involving medical student rights and responsibilities. 

This document as amended and as approved by the Board of Trustees is available from the offices of the Deans of the Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine; the Office of the Graduate School; the Office of the Provost; the Office of the Ombudsperson; and and online at www.vps.msu.edu/SpLife/index.htm.