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If an MSU police officer questions me about some of my actions, how do I defend myself?

My residence hall director has referred me to a hearing before the Student Faculty Judiciary (or to a Housing Contract hearing) for alleged violations of university rules or the residence hall contract. What should I do?

Can I get legal advice from the Office of the Ombudsperson?

If an MSU police officer questions me about some of my actions, how do I defend myself?

Through ASMSU Legal Services, MSU undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in a pre-paid legal services plan.  This free service provides assistance for most district court criminal and civil matters, including minor in possession, unlawful party, noise, assult and battery misdemeanors, as well as landlord/tenant and consumer issues.  The law firm retained by ASMSU, Jeffries & Newton, also provides small claims advice.  Student Legal Services can help with traffic tickets, including speeding and drunk driving.

The ASMSU Student Legal Services is located in 329 Student Services Building.  Call (517) 353-3716 to make an appointment with a representative.

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My residence hall director has referred me to a hearing before the Student Faculty Judiciary (or to a Housing Contract hearing) for alleged violations of university rules or the residence hall contract. What should I do?

ASMSU Legal Services includes the Student Defenders Program.  This office offers assistance and counsel for students as they work to resolve many intra-University disputes.  Student Defenders are students trained to interview, prepare and advise students during University hearings and disputes.  The Office of Student Defenders is located in 307 Student Services Building.  Call (517) 355-8266, extension 117, to make an appointment with a representative or  email:  StudentDefenders@asmsu.msu.edu

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Can I get legal advice from the Office of the Ombudsperson?

The university ombudsperson does not provide legal advice.  In addition, the ombudsperson does not serve as a student advocate; instead, the ombudsperson provides neutral, impartial and independent assistance for academic or non-academic problems for all parties to a dispute.

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Questions? Contact the Ombudsperson