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Off-Campus Housing Fair

Looking for a place to live off-campus?

Attend the MSU Off-Campus Housing Fair

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MSU Union Ballroom
2nd Floor Union Building

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore living options: on-campus and off-campus, learn about your legal rights as a tenant, enter drawings to win prizes, and much more!


For more information, please contact:
Erik Maillard, Assistant Director of Student Life

Freshman students (0-27 MSU credits) are required to live on campus in University owned housing for their first two semesters at MSU, unless they meet any of the following criteria:

Students who:

  • Will be living with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Will be 20 years of age on the 1st day of classes of the Fall semester.
  • Are married.
  • Are a military veteran with one or more year of active service.
  • Will be taking six or less credits starting the fall semester.

If any the above criteria apply to you, you are automatically approved to live off campus and can ignore the information below.

Any other freshman wanting to live off campus must be granted permission to live off campus in order to avoid being charged for University housing. Please note that exceptions will only be granted for those who can demonstrate extreme medical or financial need, or that they already lived on campus for two semesters (at MSU or elsewhere). To apply for an exception, please click on the following link: Housing Exception Application.

NOTE: Religious reasons alone are insufficient to grant an exception.

 MSU Off-Campus Listing Service

Check out MSU’s Off-Campus Listing Service! This FREE service can help you find your perfect home through several unique features:

  • Advanced search filters (choose your price, number of rooms, bathrooms, etc.)
  • Roommate finder (find your new best friend)
  • Message boards (get advice and tips from fellow Spartans)
  • Educational resources (your guide to legal issues, finances, and other topics related to moving off-campus)

The Listing Service is offered in partnership by the MSU Community Liaison and the Department of Student Life.

For more information about off-campus living, contact:

Below is only a partial list of our important campus partners with whom we collaborate regularly to support faculty, staff and students as they work with and through conflict.

Office of the University Ombudsperson – a confidential resource designed to assist students in resolving conflicts or disputes within the University, including but not limited to sorting through university rules and regulations, helping resolve disputes, and ensuring that the University operates within its own guidelines.

Student Rights Advocates – advise students on any case involving the various campus conduct systems (academic and personal), where a licensed lawyer is not allowed, offer consultation for students as they work toward resolving various university disputes.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) – provides support to students, faculty, and staff by assisting in decreasing stress, aiding the effort to provide a healthy environment, and helping students focus on personal and career goals.

MSU Community Liaison – provides a variety of housing resources for students who are considering moving off-campus and living in the local community (not just East Lansing), including a housing listing service, local moving resources, legal assistance, housing fair details, etc.

Graduate Student Life & Wellness – provides support and services uniquely tailored to students pursuing masters, doctoral or graduate professional degrees.

MSU Police – a fully functional police department whose mission is to to enhance the quality of life on campus, by building relationships, strengthening stewardship, and working collaboratively within our diverse community to reduce crime, enforce laws, preserve peace, and provide for a safe environment.

Housing Clinic – hosted by the MSU College of Law, the Clinic advances the cause of safe, decent, sanitary, fair, open, and affordable housing in mid-Michigan. Students deal with all aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship, including educating residents on their basic rights, working with tenants who are on the brink of eviction, assisting renters who are living in unsafe conditions, and connecting people with community resources.

Restorative Justice: Justice That Heals!

Please join Student Life and Residence Education and Housing Services for our 3rd annual Restorative Justice Symposium on June 25, 2014.


This year’s program is intended to promote the use of restorative practices to both prevent and respond to harm in our communities. A central theme for this year’s event will focus on bullying but will have broad implications for a variety of harmful behaviors in a variety of contexts.

Our keynote speaker is Mr. Lee Rush. Lee has been a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School since 2002. As a representative of the IIRP, Lee has conducted restorative practices trainings in North America, South America and in the Caribbean Islands.  He has a particular passion and expertise on ways to prevent and respond to bullying. Lee is also the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc, a youth development agency in Bucks County, PA. As a seasoned educator, trainer and speaker at numerous conferences and events, we look forward to hearing Lee’s thoughts and ideas for reducing behavioral problems and enhancing the overall learning environment.

Our featured speaker is Mr. Kevin Epling. Following the tragic loss of his son Matt, who committed suicide in 2002 after relentless bullying by his classmates, Kevin has become a nationally renowned speaker and activist in the bullying prevention movement. Kevin serves the Michigan State University community as a producer for the Big 10 Network and as the manager of University Photography and Video. Kevin is also a National Co-Director for Bully Police USA, a watch-dog organization which advocates for bullied children & reports on state anti bullying laws. Kevin is a gifted and experienced motivational speaker. We look forward to Kevin’s very personal and passionate story, and his critical messages about bullying prevention.

FINAL Schedule

Location: Snyder Hall

10:30 – 11:15 am            Registration/Poster Presentation (C202)

11:15 – 11:30 am            Welcome (C201 & 203)

11:30 – 12:00                  Lunch (C201 & 203)

12:00 – 12:30 pm            Intro to RJ@MSU (C201 & 203)

12:30 – 1:30 pm              Keynote (C201 & 203)

1:45 – 3:00 pm                Civic Engagement/Community Restoration

3:00 – 3:30 pm                Closing/evaluation (C201 & 203)


Location – Snyder Hall on the MSU campus.

Registration – $10 for students, $20 for all others. Registration includes lunch, parking (for non MSU registrants), and a copy of The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities. Where appropriate, MSU employees are encouraged to apply for educational assistance to recover the costs of registration.

  • On-site registration MAY be offered pending the availability of space.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 517 355-8286 or via email at

Summary of Restorative Justice at MSU Symposium, Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In the spring of 2011 the Restorative Justice Committee at MSU had the pleasure of hosting the first Restorative Justice conference on campus.  Our goal for the event was to start a campus and community dialogue about Restorative Justice and how we can use its principles in our work.  We believe that we were able to reach these goals due to three main factors: the quality of information presented, the discussion generated throughout the Symposium, and the wide range of community members that were present.

Information Sessions

One of the most impactful sessions that we held at the Symposium was due to our amazing keynote speaker, Justice Janine Geske.  Her presentation was emotionally and intellectually stimulating to everyone present, as she provided real life stories detailing her use of Restorative Justice with criminal offenders.  As Justice Geske shared her experiences she was able to demonstrate the power of Restorative Principles in addressing the harm done to individuals and communities.  This speech was preceded by several excellent poster presentations. Some of these outlined research on the use of Restorative Justice Principles, and some displayed the work currently underway to spread the message about RJ as an option to MSU students, faculty and staff.   Also, a brief overview of Restorative Principles was presented in order to facilitate discussion about how they can be used in our community.

Case Studies and Discussion

Participants in the Restorative Justice Symposium were also invited to work through several case studies.  These case studies were based on actual conflicts that have happened within the MSU community.  While processing these scenarios, each participant was asked to consider the following focus questions: What might each of the people involved in the conflict be feeling?  How could Restorative Principles possibly be used to solve the conflict?  What kind of agreement could the people involved make to repair the harm done?  These case studies and focus questions served as a starting point for a meaningful dialogue about how Restorative Justice Principles can be used in real-life situations involving students, staff, faculty, or other community members.

Campus and Community Partners

Finally, we feel that our success in creating a dialogue that will spread throughout the MSU community was also in part to the wide range of departments and programs that were represented.  Participants from the Department of Student Life, Department of Residence Life, School of Criminal Justice, SARV Program, Women’s Resource Center, Campus Living Services, Social Work Program, Ombudsman’s Office, Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, Greek Life, Council of Graduate Students, Housing Assignments, College of Education, Student Affairs and Services, Office of Inclusion, and many others from various campus offices were in attendance.  In addition, there were also members of the greater Lansing community present, including participants from the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, Wesley Foundation at MSU, Community Mental Health, City of East Lansing, and the Resolution Services Center.

In summary, our hope is that we can continue to work with these MSU community members to talk about how to use Restorative Justice in our work with students, faculty, staff, and the community as a whole.  If you would like to comment on our Restorative Justice blog, please feel free to do so at the link provided under our “Testimonials and Blog” page located on the menu at the left.











RHAB hears cases involving alleged violations in and around campus living units that do not rise to the level of a suspension or dismissal. Members MUST live on campus in University owned housing during their tenure on the board. RHAB typically meets either on Monday (or Wednesday) EVENINGS when classes are in session.



USAB hears cases involving alleged violations in and around campus living units that do not rise to the level of a suspension or dismissal, and cannot be heard by another board or involve graduate students. AUSB typically meets on Thursdays EVENINGS when classes are in session.



SFSB hears cases involving serious allegations that warrant consideration of suspension or dismissal (e.g., issues involving safety and security, sale of drugs, harassment, assault, and weapons).  It is preferable for student members to have served on another board prior to serving on SFSB. SFSB typically meets on Tuesday EVENINGS when classes are in session.



This hearing board reviews the disciplinary files of decisions made by other hearing boards and administrators when an appeal is filed. USAB seldom meets with the students and/or staff involved in the cases. USAB has the authority to reverse, modify, and uphold prior decisions.  It is preferable for student members to have served on another board prior to serving on USAB. USAB typically meets on Friday afternoons (or other times) as needed.


Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU)

ASMSU is the all-university undergraduate student government at Michigan State University that represents students within the academic governance system, on campus, in the city of East Lansing , in the State of Michigan and nationally. ASMSU provides many services to students, such as free legal services, funding for student programs and events, the Red Cedar Log Yearbook, and copy and faxing services. All activities and programs are funded through a student tax collected each semester.

The General Assembly is the main decision making body of ASMSU. The General Assembly consists of representatives elected from each undergraduate college, as well as representatives from various other Major Governing Groups, the Council of Progressive Students groups, and the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students groups.

To get involved at any time of the year or for more information about ASMSU, visit ASMSU’s website at:

Council of Graduate Students (COGS)

As MSU’s graduate student major governing group, COGS has an enormous responsibility serving the MSU graduate community in many different aspects. COGS also has the great task of appointing graduate students to nearly 100 university committees, ranging from the MSU Student Foodbank to the graduate liaison to the Board of Trustees, just to name a few. For more information go to

MSU Residence Halls Association (RHA)

The MSU Residence Halls Association (RHA) represents the more than 15,000 students who live in on-campus housing. RHA is dedicated to improving the on-campus living experience, protecting the rights of residents, and providing a voice for the concerns of residents. RHA assists hall organizations with publicity, legislation, and funding, and by providing valuable services and opportunities through our programs such as Campus Center Cinemas, RHA TV, RHA Movie Offices, and Condom Connection. RHA is one of the largest residence halls associations in the country. For more information, visit

Department of Student Life
556 E. Circle Drive, Room 101 | Student Services Building East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-8286 | Fax: 517-353-5495