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Student Rights

What follows is a selected list of rights granted to students in two key MSU documents: Student Rights and Responsibilities at Michigan State University (SRR) and Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities (GSRR). Much of the SRR covers both undergraduate and graduate students, while the GSRR covers only graduate students.  See Article 2 of the SRR and Article 2 of the GSRR.

  • Article 2.III.B. of the SRR and 2.3.9 of the GSRR requires instructors to provide their students with "good faith judgments of performance." It also requires instructors to inform students of course requirements and explain the grading criteria at the beginning of the semester.
  • Article 2.III.B.3 of the SRR and 2.3.5 of the GSRR gives the student a right to "take reasoned exception" to information and views presented in the classroom, without fear of penalty or reprisal.
  • Article 2.III.B.6 and 7 of the SRR and 2.3.2 and 2.4.1 of the GSRR calls for the university to provide students with a clear statement of graduation requirements as well as the requirements for maintaining acceptable academic standing within the university.
  • Article 2.III.B.10 of the SRR and 2.3.11 of the GSRR provides students and faculty members the shared responsibility for "maintaining professional relationships based on mutual trust and civility."
  • Article 3 of both the SRR and the GSRR guarantees the privacy of a student's educational records, in conformance with the university's published guidelines.
  • Article 2.4.7 of the GSRR requires a department/school/college (hereinafter referred to as "department") to notify new graduate students in writing and at the time they enter their program of professional standards they will be expected to follow.
  • Article 2.4.8 of the GSRR requires a department to provide graduate students with an annual written evaluation, conducted by a person "qualified to make that evaluation."
  • Article 2.4.9 of the GSRR requires a department to notify new graduate students in writing and at the time they enter their program of dismissal or withdrawal criteria.
  • Article 4.2.1 of the GSRR requires a department to assign a faculty supervisor or administrator to each graduate assistant (GA).
  • Article 4.2.3 of the GSRR requires a department to notify GAs of their reappointment by April 15.
  • Article 4.2.6 of the GSRR requires a department to provide GAs with secretarial/clerical help and supplies as are commensurate with their assigned responsibilities and the resources of the unit.
  • Article 2.4.2.1 of the GSRR requires a department to establish a doctoral student's guidance committee within two semesters of the student's study. The committee, in turn, must establish the student's degree requirements within one semester after the committee is formed.

These are your rights. Know them.

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