Success @ State Red Cedar, “On the Banks of the Red Cedar, Don’t miss there’s a school that’s known to all”… Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular! Tuesday, September 1, 2009 you part And you are now a par t of it! Munn Field For more information visit Congratulations on choosing to be a part of one of the finest institutions of fallwelcome.msu.edu First Year and higher education in the nation! Your time at MSU will produce some of the most New Students memorable moments of your life. Whether it is a class that captivates your mind, Arrival Information exploring your interests by getting involved in a student organization, sampling and Family the ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store, cheering the Spartans to victory, or For those living in residence halls: meeting new friends, your time at MSU will indeed be special. The intent of the Residence halls open at 8am on Sunday, August, 2009 August 30 for new students only. Returning short articles contained in this newsletter is to provide some information about what you (and your parents) can expect when you arrive on campus. Also, residents may not move into the residence check out fallwelcome.msu.edu for information on your first few days at MSU! halls until 8am on Monday, August 31. Meal service for new students begins with breakfast on Sunday. Upon arrival at the $par t an Money $mar ts $part $marts residence hall, a staff member will provide directions for temporary parking for Tuition, books, recreation, food…it all costs money. There is no single answer to unloading only. The staff member will questions about money and how much it costs to be a student at MSU, but there provide a special colored tag, which will are some general guidelines that may help you in making financial decisions. outline where to park once unloading has This is the first Make a list of anticipated expenses. From this list, families should decide occurred. In early August, those students which are covered by the student, which by the parent/guardian, etc. There is no who will be residing in on-campus housing in a series of one right answer to who should pay for which part of college, but knowing ahead will receive a packet of information regarding newsletters their housing arrangements from Campus of time may alleviate a lot of tension later. designed to Credit Cards. Students will receive countless offers to get a credit card. Some Living Services. It is important to pay enhance your students find credit cards a safe and convenient means of payment. Others, special attention to this information. transition to however, if not careful, find themselves owing significant money to the credit For commuter students: To access a copy Michigan State card company. As such, students and parents are encouraged to discuss credit of your personalized Fall Welcome schedule University. card use prior to arrival on campus. In cases where a student obtains credit cards go to the Fall Welcome website at Subsequent editions for “emergencies,” everyone should agree what constitutes an emergency. www.fallwelcome.msu.edu and log-in to Working while enrolled in school. The decision to work depends on a variety print your schedule. You can pick up a copy will be available of factors such as class load, job demands, financial need, and the individual of the Fall Welcome Handbook as early as on-line at the Monday, August 24 in the Department of student. Students who are good managers of their time and take no more than 15 Department of Student Life, located in 101 Student Services. credit hours per semester may be able to work ten to twenty hours per week. In Student Life website fact, research indicates that working less than twenty hours per week in an on- If MSU is the first college or university you studentlife.msu.edu campus job helps students become better acquainted with the institution and have attended on a full-time basis and you on October 9, 2009, complements their academic learning. Students are encouraged to make school are a commuter, please join us in 108 Bessey November 30, 2009, their top priority. However, with proper time management, students can enjoy Hall at 2:30pm on Tuesday, September 1, for January 15 2010, sufficient time to prepare for their classes, socialize, participate in extracurricular the Freshmen Commuter Student Meeting. If activities, and work. you are a new transfer student who is and April 9, 2010. commuting to MSU, please plan to attend To learn more about part-time student jobs, contact the Michigan State the Transfer Student Meeting at 1:30pm on University Student Employment, 113 Student Services or 110 Nisbet Building, Monday, August 31 in McDonel Hall Kiva. (517) 353-9510, or visit their website at www.careernetwork.msu.edu/students. Please contact the Department of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 355-8286 with any questions. Dear New Spartan, MSU is looking forward to your arrival to campus, and we are ready to offer you an experience that can be one of the best of your life! Our world-class academic programs, our many services and resources, our beautiful campus, the quality of our Department of advisors and professors, the exposure to other community members from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and the Student Life excitement of Big Ten Conference athletics, all combine to create an unequaled pride in the hearts of MSU students. 101 Student Services East Lansing MSU cares about your success as a student. We hope you will immerse yourself in your academic program, get involved in Michigan student organizations, and attend special events and activities to make the most of your undergraduate experience at MSU. 48824 studentlife.msu.edu We look forward to seeing you soon! –MSU Faculty and Staff Visit fallwelcome.msu.edu for information on all Fall Welcome Activities. Fall Welcome Life’s website at studentlife.msu.edu. The list Check Out the selection of courses and locations. Come see how you –August 30-Sept 2 has contact information for most Study Abroad Fair can plan your study abroad Fall Welcome is a continuation of the over 660 organizations. Thinking about studying abroad? experience and stay on track for of your orientation to Michigan Would you rather meet with The Office of Study Abroad is graduation! State University. Throughout some of the organizations’ hosting its annual Study Abroad the three days of Fall Welcome, membership in-person? Then Fair during fall semester on Staff from the Office of Study many exciting (and fun) events plan to attend Fall Welcome Thursday, September 24th. The Abroad, the Office of Financial will occur across campus. By Spartan Spectacular at Munn fair runs from noon until 6pm Aid, the MSU Travel Clinic, the attending these events, you will Field on Tuesday, September 1 and fills the entire second floor Resource Center for Persons become better acquainted with to be a part of Sparticipation of the MSU Union. Walk with Disabilities, and the MSU the campus, meet other ‘09. (For more information visit through the fair at your leisure, Federal Credit Union will be students, and begin forming fallwelcome.msu.edu.) talk with professors, chat with available at the fair to help with connections to MSU’s faculty former participants, and see questions about travel logistics, and staff members who are here Fill the Bus! amazing photos and interesting funding opportunities (including the MSUFCU Scholarship), and to help you succeed. artifacts from around the world. Spartans give of themselves, health and safety issues. Hundreds of exhibits displaying to others, in community, Academic advisers will also be For those new students who will information about almost all of for the public good. on hand to answer questions be living in residence halls, a MSU’s study abroad programs copy of the 2009 Fall Welcome will provide you with a “one- about individual degree Be a part of a campus-wide requirements. Special giveaways, Handbook will be given to you stop shopping” experience! service effort to support a live broadcast from 97.5 FM, a once you move into your organizations in the greater raffle and a visit from Sparty residence hall. The handbook Majors from accounting to Lansing community. When round out the fun at the will provide specific information zoology to no preference have buying your supplies, buy an September fair. regarding Fall Welcome activities taken courses across the globe extra to fill the bus. as well as resources on campus and traveled to over 60 and the East Lansing countries. With more than 260 For more information, visit For more information visit: studyabroad.msu.edu. community. For new students programs, there is a diverse servicelearning.msu.edu/ residing on campus, Fall fillthebus. Welcome begins on Sunday, August 30. You may begin Billing/Financial Aid Information moving into your new on- Student (51 800-775-4323 (517) 353-3343 • 800-775-4323 campus home at 8am. The first Identification Cards The first bill for the fall semester was produced in late July. Your official Fall Welcome activity for Students who have not had an attendance confirmation and payment, if any, is due in the first part on-campus students will take ID picture taken prior to August of August. (The specific due date will appear on the billing place at 5pm when you will 29 are to do so in the statement.) You must confirm attendance on-line regardless of the meet the other new students on International Center on August amount due (credit balance, balance due, or zero balance) to become your residence hall floor for 30 & 31 and September 1 & 2, registered. If you have a balance due, you must submit the minimum dinner. After dinner, hall and 8am-5pm. Replacement cards, payment amount, either by mail or on-line using the ePay system, or floor meetings occur as a way of should they be necessary, may a late fee will be assessed. You may pay an electronic bill on-line by providing you with some basic be obtained from the Registrar's credit card or ACH funds transfer and confirm attendance at information about your new Office, Room 50 Administration stuinfo.msu.edu. living community. If you are a Building. There is a replacement Students Receiving Financial Aid: www.finaid.msu.edu new student at MSU, but are charge of $20. Your bill reflected any actual or pending financial aid awarded at the transferring to MSU from time the bill was processed, except for Student Employment or another college or university, please make plans to attend the Insurance College Work Study awards, which must be earned by part-time work during the academic year. Private scholarship checks are Transfer meeting that will occur It is recommended that all disbursed according to instructions received from the donor. Stafford Monday, August 31 at 1:30pm. students be covered by a health or Parent Loans are paid directly to your student account once you insurance plan. For students have completed your promissory note. Funds also may be directly All new students can view and who are covered by the plan of deposited into any checking or savings account. Students may enroll print their individualized Fall a parent, guardian, or partner, it in direct deposit on-line at stuinfo.msu.edu. Welcome schedule at is recommended that the Refunds of Financial Aid: If you have completed registration and fallwelcome.msu.edu and can insurance carrier be contacted to have excess financial aid, which has been finalized as of August 21, pick up a copy of the Fall confirm continuation of coverage 2009 you will be mailed a refund check the week of August 24. Welcome Handbook as early as once the student arrives on Checks go to your local address, if one is available. Otherwise they Monday, August 24 in the campus. For students who do are sent to your permanent address. For students who complete Department of Student Life, not currently have health registration after August 24, refunds will be produced nightly starting located in 101 Student Services. insurance, but would like it, on August 24 and mailed the following workday through MSU offers a plan designed September 4, and then weekly thereafter. If you have signed up for If you are interested in getting specifically for students. Direct Deposit, the funds will be transferred to your bank account involved, but not sure how to go Contact the MSU Benefits rather than being mailed. about it, check out the list of Office at (517) 353-4434 or on- Questions about your bill or payment? Students with questions Registered Student line at www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/ about their bill or payment may contact the Student Accounts Organizations that is available studenthealth/index.htm Office, which is a part of the Controller’s Office, Room 140 on the Department of Student Administration Building, (517) 355-3343, www.ctlr.msu.edu. Visit fallwelcome.msu.edu for information on all Fall Welcome Activities. I’m part of the “school that’s known to all” now what? Confidentiality of Campus Bus Ser vice when feelings and thoughts Acquaintance Rape associated with life issues may Student Records The Capital Area Transportation Acquaintance rape is sexual become uncomfortable for Many students and parents Authority (CATA) provides bus assault without consent students to handle alone. If assume that information such as service to all of the greater involving a friend, a date or an students don’t feel they are grades and records of a Lansing area and to MSU. With acquaintance. Educational making progress toward student’s involvement with the a valid student ID, MSU programs about acquaintance resolving it in a few weeks, they University’s judicial process are students may ride the bus for rape and sexual assault are may talk to someone about it. treated the same way as it was $.60 each ride. Students wanting offered on campus during the in high school. This is not the to purchase a bus pass instead year. If a friend comes to you The Counseling Center offers case. of paying for each ride have for help after a sexual assault MSU students services for a several bus pass options. situation it is important that variety of personal challenges Once a student enters the Passes exist for all of CATA’s you believe that person and including depression, substance University, all privacy rights are routes, on and off campus, help them get the resources abuse, stress, family vested with the student. The campus only routes, and a route that will help them by calling relationships, career decision Family Educational Rights and that loops between the the 24 Hour Sexual Assault making, cultural identity, lesbian/ Privacy Act, otherwise known commuter lot, located at the Crisis Hotline at (517) 372- bi/gay/transgendered issues, as FERPA, (www.ed.gov/ corner of Mt. Hope Road, Farm 6666. interpersonal conflicts, and policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html) Lane, and the parking ramp on sexual assault. Students can call governs the release of a Shaw Lane across from Shaw for a consultation with one of Tips to Prevent student’s educational Hall. For specific information Acquaintance Rape the staff members. information. FERPA holds that, regarding CATA’s routes and bus Contact the Counseling Center • Be aware that except for “directory pass information, please call at (517) 355-8270 or check out acquaintance rape does information,” the information (517) 432-2282 or visit CATA’s their website at happen. contained in a college student’s website at www.cata.org www.couns.msu.edu educational record is protected • Decide what your own and may be released only under Parking On Campus Relationships sexual limits are and certain circumstances. clearly communicate them. Entering students with freshmen “Directory information” academic standing and who are Dating offers opportunities to • Respect the limits of includes: create satisfying relationships, others. residing in residence halls • Student name foster understanding, and • Do not have sex unless generally are not permitted to • Dates of attendance at enhance awareness of your partner has clearly have vehicles on campus. institution preferences and needs. It also consented. Commuter students who plan to • Degrees granted and the dates presents possibilities for • Limit alcohol intake; drive to and park on campus they were conferred disappointment, rejection, and in alcohol impairs judgement must register their vehicles with • Major some cases, abuse. and clear communication. the MSU Police. Questions • School related to parking should be • Do not let peers influence • Level Students should concentrate on directed to the MSU you to do something • Permanent address building friendships in dating– Department of Police and Public you’ll regret. • Local address get to know other people, Safety, (517) 355-8440. The • Trust your instincts. If • Telephone number develop new interests, and MSU Police website, the situation doesn’t seem Students also have the right to establish open and honest www.police.msu.edu, also right to you, it probably request that “directory communication instead of contains useful parking-related isn’t! information” not be released. focusing solely on romantic information. • Contact the Sexual Assault attachment or physical attraction. Remember, dating Program in the Counseling Personal Problems provides you with the Center to learn more! No matter how experienced, opportunity to discover positive mature, and emotionally stable qualities and to identify means students are, there will be times for personal growth. Academic Integrity The General Student Regulations are a collection of statements about what is and is not acceptable behavior on the part of MSU students. Section 1.00 outlines expectations related to academic integrity: The principles of truth and honesty are fundamental to the educational process and the academic integrity of the University; therefore, no student shall: • Claim or submit the academic work of another as one’s own. • Procure, provide, accept, or use any materials containing questions or answers to any examination or assignment without proper authorization. • Complete or attempt to complete any assignment or examination for another individual without proper authorization. • Allow any examination or assignment to be completed for oneself, in part of in total, by another without proper authorization. • Alter, tamper with, appropriate, destroy, or otherwise interfere with the research, resources, or other academic work of another person. • Fabricate or falsify data or results (p. 77, Spartan Life). Students are encouraged to discuss questions about academic integrity with their faculty and/or instructors. It is expected that, students know and follow the regulations governing academic integrity at MSU. Visit fallwelcome.msu.edu for information on all Fall Welcome Activities. Quick Phone Contacts numbers 51 specified) (all number s in area code 517 unless specif ied) Questions? Program/Office/Service Phone Campus Operator .................................................................................. 355-1855 Counseling Counseling Center ..................................................... 355-8270 E. Lansing Housing Codes Code Enforcement & Neighborhood Conservation .. 319-6870 Employment Student Employment Office ..................................... 355-9520 Fall Welcome Department of Student Life ...................................... 355-8286 Financial Aid Office of Financial Aid .............................................. 353-5940 Fraternities/Sororities Department of Student Life ...................................... 355-8286 General Questions/Info Department of Student Life ...................................... 355-8286 Health Olin Health Center .................................................... 355-4510 Library MSU Libraries .......................................................... 353-8700 Cultural Issues Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions ........... 353-7745 Multicultural Center ................................................. 432-7153 Ombudsman Office of the Ombudsman ........................................ 353-8830 On-Campus Housing Options University Housing .................................................. 355-7457 Parking MSU Police .............................................................. 355-2221 Rental Housing - MSU-DCL Rental Housing Clinic ............................ 336-8088 Legal Questions ASMSU Legal Services ............................................. 353-3716 Safety MSU Police (non-emergency) .................................. 355-2221 Sporting Events Athletic Ticket Office ............................................... 355-1610 Student Organizations Department of Student Life ...................................... 355-8286 Summer Courses Off Campus MSU SummerStudy ...................................... 1-800-496-4678 Wharton Center Events Wharton Center Box Office ...................................... 432-2000 Did You Know… All MSU undergrads are required to submit an Immunization Self-Report form. Failure to complete this requirement will affect a student’s ability to register and enroll. REMEMBER: Wednesday September 2, 2009 attend Monday Classes. • Go to immunize.msu.edu • Contact email@example.com or call (517) 353-9101 with questions. If you have already completed this form and have recently gotten a hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningococcal or tetanus/diphtheria/pertusis, hepatitis A or measles/mumps/rubella vaccination, please visit the site to update your record. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Department of Student Life Michigan State University 101 Student Services Building East Lansing, Michigan 48824 studentlife.msu.edu Thank you for attending to this important health matter! Visit fallwelcome.msu.edu for information on all Fall Welcome Activities.