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                             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             
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 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.          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      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             Please contact the Department of Student
                                                                                                                    Life at 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      We look forward to seeing you soon!                                                                –MSU Faculty and Staff
                                                           Visit for information on all Fall Welcome Activities.
Fall Welcome                          Life’s website at
                             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                  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:                                         
community. For new students                                                 programs, there is a diverse
residing on campus, Fall
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
living community. If you are a
                                      Building. There is a replacement        Students Receiving Financial Aid:
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
Welcome schedule at                   is recommended that the                 Refunds of Financial Aid: If you have completed registration and 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        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,
                                     Visit 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, (               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
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
                           , 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
• 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 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.

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                                                                                                                                                           to update your record.
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Department of Student Life
Michigan State University
101 Student Services Building
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
                                                                                                                                                           Thank you for attending to this important health matter!
                                                                                                                                                                         Visit for information on all Fall Welcome Activities.

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