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Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services

Denise B. Maybank, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Services provides leadership and coordination for several offices, all of which collaborate with faculty and other university offices to promote active learning, improve the climate for learning, and increase student success and retention. Major attention is given to encouraging and supporting diversity while fostering a sense of community and inclusiveness for all students, faculty and staff. Student Affairs and Services staff work with students individually and in groups to assist them in achieving their educational and personal goals. Units within Student Affairs and Services are listed below. For information call 1-517-355-7535; visit 153 Student Services; or visit

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center (LBGTRC) leads and collaborates on initiatives to assure all students thrive on our diverse campus and throughout their lives. We enhance the campus climate and academic and support services for students who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer or who are questioning (LBGTQ) their identities. We serve as a hub for information about resources and opportunities for LBGT students such as social, academic, and community organizations, counseling and other advocacy. We provide consultation to faculty, staff and student leaders regarding individual student issues; creating inclusive and affirming practices; and curricular and co-curricular learning around sexuality and gender. 

For more information, contact the LBGTRC at 1-517-353-9520; email; or visit

Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) constructs supportive social and educational communities that actively involve students in learning.  Specifically, OCAT prompts students’ involvement in broad-based university learning experiences (e.g., study-abroad, alternative spring break, internships, etc.), while also connecting them to campus resources, people, and programs that lead to deeper student learning and personal success.  In part, the Office accomplishes this mission by building critical alliances and links to academic units.  Additionally, OCAT helps students to understand themselves and others better through cultural and social activities.  Student-to-student interaction is the key to benefitting from diversity, and OCAT strives to bring together individuals as well as groups of students from diverse racial, ethnic, international, and domestic backgrounds for meaningful interactions. Moreover, OCAT supports individual students in their navigation of cross-cultural encounters, and in their own understanding, exploration and development of cultural identity.  OCAT employs multiple strategies to accomplish these goals. Among OCAT’s signature programs are Intercultural Aide Programs, Maximizing Academic Growth in College program (MAGIC), Council on Racial Ethnic Students (CORES), and Spartan Remix.  Visit

Career Services Network

To foster T-shaped professionals, the Career Services Network helps students confirm their purpose by: developing an understanding of their skills, interests and values; exploring career options and pathways; acquiring experiences that build abilities and tests options; creating strategies for navigating a job search; and gaining access to professional development opportunities. Network support includes:

  1. One-on-one advising appointments with career advisors to assist students in self assessment, career exploration, decision-making, resumes and cover letters, job search strategies, interview preparation, and negotiating offers.
  2. Career assessment tools to help students align interests and preferences to job types and work environments: Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Choices 360. Assessments are interpreted with a career advisor.
  3. Career exploration events, such as guest speakers, alumni panels, networking sessions and industry trips (e.g., Spartan Start-Up entrepreneurship; sports careers; entertainment journalism; careers with government; careers in non-profits)
  4. Workshops offered on topics ranging from resume writing and career exploration to networking and interviewing skills.  Custom workshops are provided for classes and student organizations.
  5. Career Fairs, including MSU Fall Career Days; Graduate and Law School Fair; Diversity Career Fair; Summer Job and Internship Fair; Teacher and Administration Career Fair; and more.
  6. On campus interviews with employers for entry-level and internship positions, with over 10,000 interviews conducted annually.
  7. Career resourcesHandshake, an interactive system that manages job, internship, and part-time campus employment listings, on-campus interviews, as well as a comprehensive calendar of career events and workshops.   CareerSearch, a database of over 4 million employers across the US and Canada;  Career Handbook, a printed career guide distributed to 20,000 students annually; and the Web site with information on services, events, guides, career news, and links to other useful resources.
For more information, visit

Counseling and Psychiatric Services

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers a wide range of mental health and emotional support services to enrolled Michigan State University students, including time-limited individual counseling, group counseling, 24/7/365 counseling through the My SSP app, psychological assessment and testing, multicultural counseling, substance abuse counseling, online self-assessments, outreach engagement, and psychiatric consultation and treatment.

Any student registered for one or more credits is eligible for an initial consultation/assessment; as resources permit, additional services and/or referrals to community and on-campus resources may be provided. The first three psychiatry visits are at no charge, and the fourth and subsequent visits will be billed to insurance or to the client. Counseling services, including the free My SSP app, are available at no cost to students.

CAPS is located on the third floor of the Olin Health Center building, with an auxiliary location on the third floor of the MSU Union Building. For more information call 1-517-355-8270 or visit  


Community Liasion

The Community Liaison serves all members of the Mid-Michigan Community, both full-time residents and students, with respect to MSU student-related topics, by fostering effective interactions and increasing open communication.  For more information, call 1-517-432-7527 (TTY 353-6651); visit 556 E. Circle Drive, Student Services Building, Room 162; or visit


Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

This unit operates on the belief that individuals who participate in enjoyable sports activities during their college years will gain benefits for a healthy life. Three intramural buildings offer participants at all levels of ability opportunities to participate in over 25  organized intramural sports and over 28  student sports clubs. MSU students, faculty-staff, and alumni  may choose from a diverse array of activities from formal league and tournament play to less competitive and informal recreational activities, exercise, and fitness programs. Persons with disabilities are urged to take advantage of those facilities accessible to them.

For information, refer to Recreational Sports and Fitness Services in the General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations section of this catalog, call the Recreational Sports office at 1-517-355-5257,  or visit

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

Refer to the statement on Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities in the General Information section of this catalog for additional information.

Student Life

The Student Life staff coordinates the programs described below, provides general assistance to students, and refers students to other offices or agencies as appropriate.  Except as noted, Student Life programs are located in the Student Life Center, 101 Student Services, (517) 355-8286 (TTY 355-2217). See also

CAMPUS LIFE ORIENTATION. The staff coordinates and promotes academic, cultural, recreational, and personal programs that help ease the transition to the University during the Fall and Winter Welcome periods.  Programs extend throughout a student’s first year on campus.

FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE. The staff serves as liaisons between the University and the collegiate chapters, parents, alumni/ae, and (inter)national organizations to provide educational programs, services and resources to support the ideals of Greek Life.  Staff assist the four major governing boards that are individually responsible for managing and providing services to their member organizations.

STUDENT CONDUCT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION. The staff’s mission is to teach students to be responsible citizens through the adjudication of non-academic disciplinary cases (see Articles 4 and 5 of Spartan Life online at, and by offering a variety of conflict resolution programs and services, informed by restorative justice.  

OFF-CAMPUS LISTING SERVICE. An off-campus housing listing service endorsed by MSU, is available to assist students with locating apartments, houses, and roommates based on personal preference and budget. The search begins at

STUDENT GOVERNMENT and STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISING. Staff members assist student government leaders by advising, consulting, and serving as a resource on University policies and procedures.  Staff also register over 800 student organizations, as well as the programs and events sponsored by these groups, and provide consultation to enhance student group development.  Leadership training and development programs help those in student government and other organizations increase their effectiveness as leaders.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating students on sexual assault and relationship violence, creating awareness about programs and resources available on campus, empowering students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively affecting social change.  Through workshops conducted by peer educators the program offers a forum for students to engage in conversation and understand they each share a responsibility in the prevention of violence and the creation of a safe community.   

Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE) supports MSU faculty and students by offering a variety of resources for community engaged teaching, learning and service. The center promotes a method of teaching called 'service-learning', which encourages students to develop their academic, personal, professional, and civic skills while making a positive difference by contributing to the common good of local, national, and international communities through service.

The CSLCE prepares students for meaningful community engagement in the following ways:

Service-Learning Placements to help students find academic service-learning and pre-professional volunteering opportunities at local hospitals through our online database (

A Volunteer Matching System which enables students to easily find local volunteer opportunities, connect with community agencies, and log volunteer service hours. Contact us for more information.

Service Resources and “Toolkits” which empowers students who want to create their own service projects or service-oriented trips. Our two newest digital toolkits are focused on planning a “Day of Service” and/or an “Alternative Spring Break” trip. Both toolkits are available as free downloads on our Web site (

Transportation assistance is offered to students, including a variety of resources including maps, free CATA bus tokens, and shuttle rides to select service sites in Greater Lansing.

Service-Learning Orientations are hosted throughout the semester, to help students learn more about the “Tools of Engagement” ( which are vital for meaningful and effective community engagement experiences.

Advisors are available to assist MSU service/civic-oriented registered student organizations. Our office has long-standing advising relationships with several prominent MSU student organizations (e.g., Alternative Spartan Breaks, Spartans Rebuilding Michigan, etc.) and we are eager to connect with and support other similar student groups.

Academic Consultants offer their educational expertise to help faculty and students identify and utilize high-impact teaching strategies to maximize service-learning outcomes.

Campus and Community Networking to help faculty, staff, students, and community agencies identify potential partnerships and connect with other like-minded campus/community members.

Voting Resources to promote MSU student voter registration, education, and participation in local, statewide, and national elections (

If you have questions, or would like more information about these CSLCE resources and services, please visit 345 Student Services Building, email, call 1-517-353-4400, or visit

The CSLCE is a jointly administered unit of the Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services.