Changes to the General Student Regulations

December 27, 2017

Following academic governance approval on November 28, 2017, President Lou Anna K. Simon authorized changes to the Michigan State University General Student Regulations (GSR), to become effective January 1, 2018.

The approved changes to the GSR extend the University’s jurisdiction over alleged misconduct involving hazing or acts causing or explicitly threatening to cause serious bodily harm to other individuals, regardless of where the student lives or where the acts occurred:

“The regulations relating to protection of individuals apply without reference to where the activity occurs when the alleged misconduct involves hazing or acts causing or explicitly threatening to cause serious bodily harm to other individuals.”
—Introduction, General Student Regulations, paragraph 3

The GSR defines hazing as

Requiring or encouraging any act, whether or not the act is voluntarily agreed upon, in conjunction with initiation, affiliation with, continued membership, or participation in any group that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm or humiliation.”

The expanded jurisdiction allows those students living off-campus—including MSU’s fraternity and sorority members—the ability to hold student visitors and guests accountable when they harm their members or engage in actions that violate University policies or regulations.

The University adjudicates alleged violations of the GSR only after its Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution Office receives a formal complaint from a member of the University community.

For more information, please visit the General Student Regulations section of the Spartan Life Student Handbook Online: http://splife.studentlife.msu.edu/regulations/general-student-regulations

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