Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

Student Services

Michigan State University provides extensive student services and support to assist students in making their educational experiences more engaging and satisfying. While the principal function of the university is to provide a suitable intellectual environment for students through classrooms, laboratories and stimulating members of the faculty, it is recognized that the total development of the individual – personal, social and physical, as well as intellectual – is of equal importance and that learning occurs in many venues.


Academic Student Affairs Offices in the Colleges

Each college, through its dean or an associate dean, maintains an office in charge of academic affairs of students in the college. These offices assist their students in academic matters, such as exploration and goal setting, enrollment, changes of major program, academic advisement, and withdrawal and readmission procedures.

Student Health Insurance

Michigan State University partners with Aetna to provide health insurance options for students, graduate assistants and eligible dependents. When enrolled in the plan, students and graduate assistants are assigned a primary care physician, or PCP, who’s based at Olin Health Care Center on campus. Students can change their PCP to a doctor in the Aetna provider network. More information can be found at

For further information on student insurance and how to enroll, contact MSU Human Resources at 1407 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823, 1-517-353-4434,, or visit

Graduate Assistants

Students on a graduate assistantship will be automatically enrolled in the insurance plan as a benefit offered by Michigan State University. Eligible spouses and dependents of graduate assistants can be enrolled on a voluntary basis and are partially funded by MSU.


International Students

Most international students who are not on a graduate assistantship are required to purchase the Michigan State University health plan.  The charge for health insurance premium will be included on the Registration Billing Statement and the student will be automatically enrolled. A limited number of eligible international students who can demonstrate active coverage under other insurance that meets the applicable waiver criteria, may apply for a waiver.


Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary Medical Students

All medical students in the Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary Medicine are required to purchase the Michigan State University health plan or submit proof of other comparable health insurance. The charge for insurance premiums will be included on the Registration Billing Statement and the student will be automatically enrolled. Medical students who can demonstrate active coverage under other insurance that meets the applicable waiver criteria, may apply for a waiver.

All Other Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Students meeting the eligibility requirements may enroll on a voluntary basis. This includes undergraduate and graduate students who are in a degree program or completing certification.


Student Health Services at Olin Health Center and the Neighborhoods

As part of University Health and Wellbeing, Campus Health Services provides outpatient medical services for Michigan State University students, MSU Law students and their spouse/domestic partner. Open year-round, Olin Health Center is the primary Campus Health Services location on campus. Medical services include primary care, gynecologic services, laboratory, physical therapy, radiology, allergy therapy, immunizations, and STI testing. Parking is available in the adjacent parking ramp. Neighborhood clinics are typically open in fall and spring semesters and offer triage, assessment, immunizations, STI testing, and other services. Neighborhood clinic hours vary by location. The Phone Information Nurse is available for health-related questions 24-hours per day.  Consultations with registered dietitians are offered as well, as one aspect of a comprehensive Nutrition Program.

MSU Campus Health Services is staffed with board-certified physicians and certified healthcare professionals. The university covers the cost of the first three medical office visits each year for students enrolled in MSU classes (this does not apply to MSU Law students). There will be a bill for the fourth and subsequent visits, as well as for other services. Charges for students with health insurance will be billed directly to the student’s insurance company.

Health insurance coverage is recommended. Information about the Student Insurance plan is available through the Michigan State University Benefits Office at 1-800-353-4434. Email or visit for more information.

The Michigan State University student or spouse identification card and insurance information should be presented when service is requested. For information about Campus Health Services, including appointments, office hours, services and charges, visit or email

Campus Health Services also runs the Travel Clinic, which is a fee-based consultation, immunization, and preventive medicine service for students (and others) to prepare for international travel.

See all University Health and Wellbeing services at


Health Promotion

As part of the Student Health and Wellness unit, the Health Promotion department provides a variety of programs, presentations and health information to help students achieve academic success by supporting their well-being. Services include: 

  • Nutrition and body image education with a registered dietitian nutritionist
  • SPARTANfit Fitness and Wellness Program, including comprehensive fitness assessments and wellness coaching
  • Sexual wellness education and sexual health resources
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education and support 
  • The Collegiate Recovery Community and Recovery Housing for students in recovery from alcohol or drug use 
Most Health Promotion services are available free to MSU students. The department also regularly collects and shares health-related data and information about Spartan health trends.

The main Health Promotion office is located at 345 Student Services Building. Visit or call 1-517-353-0718 for more information.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) aims to provide accommodations, resources, and community for students and employees with disabilities. Our goal is to ensure access for disabled people to all aspects of campus life and build community that supports inclusion at MSU. 

To get connected with RCPD and start the interactive process of determining accommodations, visit The Get Started page will assist you in creating a profile. 

Visit or call 1-517-884-7273 (4-RCPD). The RCPD is located at Bessey Hall, Room 120, 434 Farm Lane.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers registered MSU students assistance for a wide range of concerns, like depression, anxiety, homesickness, issues with adjustment, acculturation, relationships, racial identity and LBGTQ concerns, trauma, eating or body image, and other personal mental health issues. Resources are available on the CAPS website for parents, faculty, staff, friends and others looking to provide support for a loved one. CAPS has a diverse staff engaged in multicultural and collaborative approaches to provide quality care.

Confidential, no-charge counseling services include:

  • Initial screenings to connect each student to the most appropriate level of care and other on- or -off campus resources
  • Free individual, group and relationship counseling
  • Intensive clinical services
  • Support with clinical coordination and referral
  • CAPS Connect (free brief minute confidential conversation with a CAPS Counselor )
Psychiatric services are free for the first three lifetime visits for registered students; the fourth and subsequent visits are billed to insurance (patients concerned about potential cost should mention this to their provider). 

The CAPS Crisis Line, 1-517-355-8270, is available 24/7 (press 1 at the prompt).

To learn more about CAPS, visit


Center for Survivors

The Center for Survivors works with sexual assault survivors and others affected by sexual violence. They provide free and confidential individual counseling, advocacy, and support groups to MSU students and the community. Trained volunteers are also ready to provide support, crisis intervention, and connection to local resources through crisis hotline and crisis chat services. A 24/7 crisis hotline is available at 1-517-372-6666. 

The Sexual Assault Healthcare Program is available for adults who have been sexually assaulted within the past five days. The program — staffed 24/7 by specialized forensic nurses — includes free post-assault care services, like sexual assault kits, prophylactic medication and more. The program is located in suite 237 of the Student Services building (556 East Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824). Designated parking is available on Farm Lane. Patients can use the east entrance buzzer to be let into the building. Call 1-517-353-2700 to learn more. 

For more information — or to access crisis chat services — visit Call 1-517-355-3551 to schedule an appointment with a counselor or advocate.


Other Services

Career Services Network

The Career Services Network assists students with career exploration, decision-making, and job search strategies and provides career advising, interest assessments, workshops and networking resources throughout its many locations.  In addition, the Network offers opportunities to connect directly with employers for full-time jobs and internships through career fairs, on-campus interviews, company visits and networking events.  Students may access most services, including postings for part-time, internship, and entry-level jobs, using the Handshake system. For more information, visit or contact us at or 1-517-355-9510.

Student Parent Resource Center

The Student Parent Resource Center (SPRC) coordinates information, resources, and University initiatives to support student-parents managing academics and family life. Students may contact the SPRC coordinator at 1-517-432-3745 or for information about programs and services, including child care, emergency backup child care, sick child care, student parent support, financial assistance, campus and community involvement opportunities, and other resource referrals. 


Early Childhood Units

Two early childhood centers are available to the children of Michigan State University students and faculty. The Michigan State University Child Development Laboratories has two locations, one in East Lansing at 325 W. Grand River Avenue offering full day care for children ages birth through 5 years, and a second site in Haslett at the Wilkshire Early Childhood Center offering half day programming, Monday through Thursday.  These two programs are administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Social Science.

MSU Safe Place

MSU Safe Place provides advocacy, shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of relationship violence and stalking. Educational scholarships are available to currently enrolled MSU students whose academic pursuits have been affected by intimate partner violence. All support services are free and confidential. MSU Safe Place serves students, faculty, staff, and their partners. We serve non-MSU affiliated community members when shelter space and staffing levels allow. We also provide consultation for anyone seeking to support the survivors in their lives. Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. For more information, call 1-517-355-1100, email, or visit

University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson is an independent, neutral, informal and independent resource where students may discuss concerns related to the university, as well understand their rights and responsibilities. Visit Phone 1-517- 353-8830 or e-mail

Department of Police and Public Safety

The MSU Police Department serves the community by providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to live, learn, and work. Services include police patrol, responding to calls for service, criminal investigations, special event security, emergency management, access control, and parking services. Visit for more information.

Office of Supportive Services

The Office of Supportive Services is a multifaceted, holistic, academic support unit that provides services for students who are first-generation, low income, and/or meet other participant criteria to be part of the TRIO Student Support Services Program. Visit,, or 1-517-353-5210.

Transportation Services on Campus

CATA Bus Service

The campus bus service is provided by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). CATA operates fixed routes, serving all university apartments, residence halls, commuter lots, and the main campus 24/7 during fall and spring semesters. Most campus routes do not operate during university breaks or on university-recognized holidays. Additionally, CATA provides direct service to off campus apartments in East Lansing, Lansing, Lansing Township, Okemos, and Haslett areas year round as well as many other destinations in the Greater Lansing area. You can learn about fares, tips for new riders and view the CATA service area online. Visit for personal trip itineraries,
comprehensive service information and online pass sales.

Weekday Campus Regular Fixed-Route Service - Six routes serve campus Monday-Friday starting at 7:00 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. Service runs until 2:30 a.m. on Route 30-South and East Neighborhoods, Route 31-Brody and East Neighborhoods. Service ends at 2:00 a.m. on Route 39-University Village. Route 38-Spartan Village concludes at 10:30 p.m.
Service on Route 33-Union/South Neighborhood ends at 10:30 p.m. Route 32 Commuter Lot/Auditorium/Clinical Center serves campus until 7:00 p.m.

Evening and Late-Night Campus Service Seven Days a Week - CATA offers two curb-to-curb demand-response services within the campus boundaries during fall and spring semester, excluding university breaks and university-recognized holidays. You can call 1-517-432-8888 or 2-8888 from any campus phone to request a ride. With either service, the bus arrives within 20 minutes of your call. 

Lot Link operates from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on weekends. Buses travel between parking lots (#80, #83, #89, and #91). Rides must start or end at one of the four lots. Service is also available to/from Spartan Village Monday - Friday during regular service hours.

The Night Owl operates from 2:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. weekdays (until 9:00 a.m. on weekends). You can also use campus green light phones, located throughout campus, to call for Night Owl service. Passengers may travel between any two locations on campus. Residents of 1855 Place, University and Spartan Village Apartments may also use The Night Owl when traveling to or from any campus location during these hours.

Weekend Campus Service - CATA’s weekend service operates from approximately 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. during fall and spring semesters, excluding university breaks and university-recognized holidays. Weekend service is provided on Routes #34, #35, and #36.

Free-Fare Campus Fixed-Rate Service - Students, faculty and staff ride for free on all campus fixed routes (Routes 30-39) during fall and spring semesters. Note a fare is required when riding Lot Link, Night Owl, or any off-campus routes. See below.

Fares and Passes For LotLink, Night Owl and Off-Campus Routes - The student cash fare is 60¢. Cash fare customers must show the bus driver a valid Michigan State University Student ID to qualify for the 60¢ fare. Customers not showing the Michigan State University Student ID will pay the regular fare of $1.25. Free transfers are available on all off-campus CATA fixed-route buses.

Students may also purchase a CATA 31-Day Student Pass for $18 or a Semester Pass for $50. These two passes are good on Lot Link, Night Owl and for all CATA fixed-route transportation services off-campus. Passes are sold online at, the MSU ID Office, and many convenient off-campus locations. A lost or stolen Semester Pass may be replaced if the original pass was linked the student’s ID when purchased. Students are allowed one replacement pass free of charge per semester. Contact the MSU ID Office in Room 170 of the International Center for a replacement.

The regular fare for non-student faculty and staff is $1.25 on any off-campus route. A 31-Day Adult Pass is available for $35.

Paratransit  Service - (Service for Persons with Disabilities) - Spec-Tran is a CATA curb-to-curb service for persons with disabilities who are unable to use CATA fixed-route service. Spec-Tran customers must be certified to be eligible to use this service. MSU customers must contact the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) 1-517-884-RCPD (4-7273) TTY: 1-517-355-1293 to apply for certification. Spec-Tran ride reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. the day before a trip is to occur. Rides can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance. Eligible students may obtain free Michigan State University Spec-Tran passes for trips that originate and end on campus by contacting the RCPD office. To schedule a ride, call 1-517-432-8888 or 2-8888 from any campus phone between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

CATA Information and Assistance - Visit CATA’s Web site at for online chat assistance, a personalized trip itinerary or online bus pass purchases, service and fare information, updates on route detours and service changes, etc. CATA’s Customer Information Center can provide trip planning assistance in person, by phone or e-mail. Representatives are available to talk, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Call 1-517-394-1000 or 2-CATA (2-2282) from any campus phone for assistance, or e-mail CATANOW provides next-bus real-time departures by texting your bus stop number to 76123. Printed bus schedules are available in most residence halls and at other key campus locations. The ADD line is the Michigan Relay Center Voice - 1-800-649-3777. Large-print versions and MP3 files (downloadable at of all CATA schedules are available for persons with visual impairments. CATA's bus-hailing kits are designed for use at bus stops served by more than one route. The kit allows visually impaired riders to signal the number of their route to operators of approaching buses. Contact CATA Customer Experience at 1-517-394-1000 to request these materials. You can also follow CATA on and

Transit App - Transit is CATA’s preferred mobile app for real-time bus departures, bus tracking and comprehensive trip planning options. The free app is available on iPhone and Android devices.

MSU/CATA TRANSPORTATION  CENTER (MSU-CTC) - This indoor facility is the main boarding center for CATA bus routes serving campus. It is located on the ground level of the Shaw Ramp (Ramp 1), between North and South Shaw lanes, just east of the MSU Planetarium. Amenities include phone access to CATA Customer Experience and ride-request phone lines, print maps and timetables, direct access to the Shaw Ramp (Ramp 1), comfortable indoor seating areas, a community policing office, ATM, vending machines and restrooms. The facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Those who drive to campus and park in the Shaw Ramp (Ramp 1) can access the MSU-CTC on its ground floor to board a CATA bus for a convenient intermodal commute.



MSU Ordinances require any bicycle possessed or operated on campus be registered. Bikes must be in operable condition, and when parked they must be locked at a bike rack, otherwise they may be impounded and fees assessed for retrieval.  Michigan State University, City of Lansing, City of East Lansing, Lansing Township, and Meridian Township bike permits are acceptable.  Permits must be current, valid, and attached to the bicycle frame’s post below the seat, facing the handlebars. Failure to properly display and/or affix the permit may result in bicycle impoundment. Visit to register your bike (make, color, and serial number must be provided upon registration). Bike registration is complementary. All CATA full sized buses are equipped with bike racks. Each rack accommodates several bikes.

Motor Vehicles, Mopeds, and Electric Mobility Devices

All students whether residing on or off campus must register their vehicle with the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety if they operate their vehicles on campus. In addition, mopeds and electric mobility devices such as electric scooters or electric bicycles operated on campus must be registered with the MSU Police Department.  Failure to do so may result in parking violations and impoundment. Visit for more information.