The purpose of the student conduct system is to support the educational mission of the University while protecting the rights and responsibilities of students. Students who are accused of violating University standards which govern their conduct, may be referred to the student conduct system for review.

Who can file a complaint?

Only MSU faculty, staff and students can file a formal complaint. The person who files the complaint is called the complainant. The student accused is called the respondent.

What happens after a complaint is filed?

An email will be sent to the respondent’s MSU email address, notifying them of an expectation that they attend an informal meeting with a staff member. At that meeting, the respondent will be given a copy of the complaint, informed about their rights and responsibilities, and presented with a variety of resolution options.

What happens if the respondent is found responsible?

Potential sanctions range from a formal warning to dismissal from Michigan State University. For more information, see Article 4 of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

How do I file a complaint?

On-campus students should initiate the process by speaking with their Community Director.

Off-campus students, faculty and staff may contact the Department of Student Life at 355-8286 or via e-mail at

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