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The Spartan Way: Our Community Commitment

Michigan State University Spartans are active members of an inclusive community. Individually and collectively, whether local or global and on- or off-campus, we value:

  •  lifelong learning

  • diverse peoples and perspectives

  • principles of equity, integrity, and responsibility.

As a member of this community, I uphold these values and will integrate them into all aspects of my education. Furthermore, I will actively:

  • Adhere to institutional policies, regulations, and directives, as well as local ordinances and the law

  • Support ethical, inclusive, and safe learning, living, and working environments

  • Advance my well-being and the well-being of other community members

  • Promote dialogue and mutual understanding

  • Use my knowledge and skills to engage in collaborative problem-solving.


For supplemental information related to The Spartan Way: Our Community Commitment, please visit this link


"The Dean of Students Office supports student success by ensuring a civil and inclusive learning environment based on academic and personal integrity. All community members have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining, and fostering a commitment to our shared values, ethical decision-making, and personal and collective excellence. The Dean of Students Office supports personal and community accountability and addresses conduct inconsistent with the Spartan Code of Honor with honesty, respect, and fairness." 

  • You can view Student Rights and Responsibilities here.

  • To request Conflict Resolution Services, click here.

  • To view one-page conversation starters for faculty and staff regarding face coverings, click here.


We collectively acknowledge that Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally-recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.


Black lives matter.  

Hate, racism, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy harm individuals and communities.

Our team is committed to building an inclusive environment at MSU and supporting genuine change that meets the needs of our campus and world. We stand in solidarity with the message shared by MSU President Stanley and Interim Provost Sullivan.