MSU Code of Student Conduct vs. Criminal & Civil Court Proceedings
Students should be aware that the student conduct process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings. Procedures and rights in the student conduct process are conducted with fairness, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts in criminal cases. Due process, as defined within these procedures, assures written notice and the opportunity to be heard before a conduct officer and/or a hearing before an impartial board or hearing officer. No student will be found in violation of the MSU Code of Student Conduct without determination that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred. Any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative conduct history of the student.
MSU Student Conduct Program
Students are essential members of the MSU community and are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Conduct Code. The student conduct program at MSU is an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the academic community. It is not intended to punish students; rather, it exists to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies and to protect the interests of the community. Sanctions are intended to improve the students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them learn more about what is expected as members of our community. In cases where students fail to live by the conduct standards or pose a threat to the continuing safety of the academic community, the conduct process may determine that the student should no longer share in the privilege of being a member of this community.
For more information on our conduct program, visit Know Your Code.
- Personal information will not be released without your authorization (with exception to directory information.)
- You have the right to appeal any University status (i.e., scholastic suspension, financial aid suspension, conducts sanction, etc.)
- You have the right to file a grievance against appropriate university employees or processes.
- You have the right to voice dissent of University decisions and processes.
- You have the right to have support to pursue changes to University policy.
The student bill of rights can be viewed here.
- Conduct yourself as an honest, responsible, and law abiding member of the academic community.
- Respect the rights of other students, members of the faculty and staff and the public.
- Enjoy and participate in University programs.
- Respect the personal rights and property rights of others.
- Be prompt and regular in class attendance.
- Come prepared for class.
- Submit required assignments in a timely manner.
- Take exams when scheduled.
- Meet the course and behavior standards as defined by the instructor.
- Make and keep appointments with instructor, advisers, and other University staff.
For additional information regarding your rights and responsibilities as a student, see Student Conduct Code.