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IX. University Resources and Services for Graduate Students

A. Academic Facilities

1. Student Services
2. Michigan State University Library
3. Computer Center and Statistical Consulting

a. Computer User Services
b. Programming Service
c. Other Computer Facilities
d. Center for Statistical Consulting

4. Bookstore
5 . Learning Resources Center
6 . Service Learning Center
7 . The Writing Center
8. Career Development & Placement Services
9. CIC Traveling Scholar Program

B. Health Facilities

1. Health Insurance
2. Office of Handicapper Students
3. Counseling Center
4. Olin Health Center
5. Women’s Resource Center
6. Intramural Sports Facilities

C. Transportation and Parking on Campus

1. Parking on Campus
2. Buses
3. Bikes

D. Graduate Student Organizations

1. MSU/Graduate Employees Union (GEU)
2. Council of Graduate Students (COGS)

a. MSU Student Food Bank
b. Copy Center
c. Thesis and Dissertation Copying
d. Legal Aid
e. Short-Term Loans
f. Endowment Fund

3. Faculty-Professional Women’s Association

E. University Guides and References

1. Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities
2. Funding Guide

3. Career and Professional Development

4. Resource Guide
5. Academic Programs
6. The COGS Graduate Student Handbook
7. Spartan Life
8. The Schedule of Courses and Academic Handbook
9. The Faculty and Staff Directory
10. Guide to the Preparation of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations
11. The Graduate Post
12. MSU News Bulletin
13. The State News

F. Directory of Frequently Contacted Offices

1. Program
2. Department and College
3. University

a. Administration
b. Student Services
c. Owen Hall
d. Computing
e. International Center
f. Library
g. Student Health Services

G. Selected MSU Web Sites

The University provides a wide array of services to students to assist them in adjusting to the rigors and inevitable stresses that go with a rigorous academic life.

A. Academic Facilities

1. Student Services

Michigan State University provides extensive student personnel services to assist students and enhance the educational experience. Michigan State University recognizes that the total development of the individual personal, social, and physical, as well as intellectual is of equal importance.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Services has general administrative responsibility for all student personnel matters. The multiple services and responsibilities are carried out through the offices of Coordinated Minority Student Programs, Counseling, Financial Aids, Intramural Sports and Recreative Services, Placement Services (including Student Employment and the Career Information Center), Student Life, and University Housing Programs.

The Student Life area includes Campus Life Orientation, Health and Alcohol Education, Judicial Affairs, Off Campus Housing and Commuter Programs, Service Learning, Student Activities, Student and Leadership Development, and Student Withdrawals and Records.

2. Michigan State University Library

It is strongly suggested that you take advantage of the library tours in order to more thoroughly familiarize yourself with all the available resources. There are many branch libraries on campus. Consult Spartan Life or the MSU Libraries web site at www.lib.msu.edu/.

3. Computer Center and Statistical Consulting

a. Computer User Services

Telephone numbers:
353-1800 Computing Information Center
353-1800 Mainframe/Host Access Support Services
432-6200 Computer Help and Repair

432-0700 Computer Store

User Services offers consulting help on canned statistical programs and "helps students help themselves". It refers students elsewhere if User Services cannot offer enough assistance. User Services is intended to help students solve computer related problems, not to complete entire projects for the student. There is no charge for the consulting service. Graduate student consultants from the Department of Statistics and Probability are available on an appointment basis about ten hours a week. They consult about design problems, appropriate statistical design, etc. There is no charge for this service. A number of short courses are offered through User Services, including a basic introduction to the computer, and discussion of collection and coding of data, offered at the beginning of the term.

b. Programming Service

355-4684

This is a professional group that charges professional fees for computer work. They can offer some statistical help although they are limited in this area. They can do just about any computer programming work. The student will be given an estimate of charges which student must approve before job is performed.

c. Other Computer Facilities

Microcomputer facilities are available on campus, including laboratories in the Human Ecology and Union Buildings. Policies regarding use of equipment should be obtained from individual facilities.

d. Center for Statistical Training & Consulting

MSU has a Center for Statistical Training & Consulting. Additional information on this service can be found at http://www.cstat.msu.edu/.

4. Bookstore

The MSU Bookstore is located in the International Center on Shaw Lane. Check their web site at http://www.spartanbook.com/. Off-campus bookstores are located in the East Lansing area.

5. Learning Resources Center

209 Bessey Hall, 355-2363

This is a self paced, individualized learning center that offers free assistance to students who want to improve their study skills. Its goal is to help you develop the strategies and techniques you need to be successful student. Workshops on specific study skills are offered throughout the year.

6. Service Learning Center

26 Student Services Bldg., 353-4400

This is a volunteer program that provides students the opportunity to learn more about different work environments while providing community service. Staff are available to assist students in choosing a placement that meets their interests.

7. The Writing Center

300 Bessey Hall, 432-3610

This center offers writing consultation to graduate as well as undergraduate students. One on one consultations are best for small papers or projects like vitas, abstracts and cover letters, while peer response writing groups offer help developing drafts of larger projects like research and conference papers, and even theses and dissertations. The center also has a library with books on resumes, vitas and cover letters, and examples of all of the above. Call 432-3610 to make an appointment.

8. Career Development & Placement Services

113 Student Services Bldg., 355-9510

The Career Development and Placement Services office assists students in career advising and seeking employment upon graduation. Their office is located in 113 Student Services Building and can be contacted at 355-9510. Their staff does workshops, classes and individual advising on topics such as how to interview successfully and steps to creating a well-written resume. You may also interview for internships or full-time employment through the Career Placement office. More information can be found in 113 Student Services Building.

The Career Information Center, located in room 6 Student Services Bldg (353-6474) provides up to date information on career possibilities, self evaluation tools, and resource material on career choice, planning and strategy.

The MSU College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has a career website for graduate students that can available at www.naturalscience.msu.edu/students/careers/index.html. Also, both CNS and the MSU Graduate School have Career Services Consultants.

9. CIC Traveling Scholar Program

MSU is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. Through this committee’s traveling scholar program a doctoral student can take a limited amount of course work at any Big Ten University or the University of Chicago. Participants in this program normally pay tuition at MSU at MSU rates for courses taken at other participating institutions. A doctoral student interested in this program should contact the Office of the Graduate School (355-0300) for instructions and formal processing.

B. Health Facilities

1. Health Insurance

Michigan State University and the Council of Graduate Students worked together to offer graduate assistants coverage beginning Fall Semester 1994. "Student only" coverage will be automatically provided, at no cost to graduate assistants. Michigan State University will provide a full twelve months of coverage if your appointment is at least nine months. Those with a Fall Semester assistantship are provided six months of coverage, beginning August 16. A Spring Semester reappointment extends health insurance benefits for an additional six months. Spring Semester only appointments include health insurance coverage beginning January 1 through Summer Semester (August 15). If you wish to enroll your legal spouse and/or dependent children, please contact the MSU Benefits office. Questions regarding enrollment, premium payment and coverage should be directed to the Chickering Group at 1 800 859 8452. Questions or issues that cannot be resolved with the Chickering Group may be directed to the MSU Benefits Office at 1407 South Harrison Road, Room 140 Nisbet Building (phone 517 353 4434, ext. 536). Benefits information for graduate students is also available on the web at
www.hr.msu.edu/HRsite/Benefits/Students/HealthCov/stuinsfaq.htm.

2. Office of Handicapper Students

101 Bessey Hall, 353-9642

Staff specialists are available to respond to mobility, visual, hearing, alternative learner, and other handicapper populations to enable their involvement in University activities. Other resources are available to students with special needs.

3. Counseling Center

Main Office, 207 Student Service Building 355-8270
344 Olin Health Center (for off campus students) 355-2310
Multi Ethnic Counseling 207 Student Services Bldg.. 355-8270

Students should feel free to contact the Counseling Center for personal concerns and crisis assistance. Professional counseling and psychological services are offered to assist with personal, as well as career concerns. All services are confidential. Initial consultations are free of charge; all services are free to students carrying 7 or more credits. In addition to professional counseling, a self management laboratory and workshops are offered.

4. Olin Health Center

355-7573

The Student Health Service is located in Olin Health Center. In the event of an emergency, no matter what time of day, go directly to Sparrow Hospital or the nearest emergency center.

5. Women’s Resource Center

353-1635

The Women’s Resource Center serves as a referral service and advocate of women’s issues for women faculty, staff and students. They sponsor many campus programs and workshops on women’s issues.

6. Intramural Sports Facilities

355-5250
Intramural Sports & Recreational Services—205 IM Sports West

Students have access to equipment and facilities in the intramural facilities located in the IM-West, IM-East, and IM-Circle. Students must present a current MSU student ID and a picture ID in order to be admitted to these facilities and borrow the equipment. Use of most of the facilities is free to currently enrolled students, although there are a few exceptions, such as a small charge for the use of the weight room in the IM-East.

C. Transportation and Parking on Campus

1. Parking on Campus

Any vehicle you bring on campus must be registered through the Department of Police and Public Safety (DPPS). Required student registration of motor vehicles can be done through the DPPS Office for Parking and Permits (telephone 355-8440). Generally, students with assistantships are eligible to obtain parking permits which allow parking at several lots throughout the campus. Graduate students without assistantships have permits allowing them to park in commuter lots on the outer edge of the campus. To obtain a parking permit the applicant must present their vehicle registration, student ID, drivers license and, if appropriate, last year’s gate card.

If you do not have a graduate assistantship, you may, under special circumstances, qualify for a parking permit. For example, if your vehicle is necessary in performing the duties for a job you hold on campus, you may wish to apply for a parking permit. You will need to go to DPPS and fill out a Special Request form for a parking permit. A member of the staff of DPPS will review your request and if they feel you need a parking permit for campus they will give you the opportunity to buy one.

The DPPS Parking Division can be contacted at 355-8440 to answer questions. Their web site is www.dpps.msu.edu/mgtserve/parkdiv.asp.

2. Buses

MSU buses serve all parts of the campus and connect with CATA routes serving the Lansing and East Lansing area. Route information can be found at the CATA web site at www.cata.org

3. Bikes

The University maintains bicycle racks throughout the campus. Bikes should be locked to these racks when parked. Bikes are not permitted in campus buildings. Improperly parked bikes are subject to impoundment by the Department of Public Safety. Bicycle registration through the MSU Department of Public Safety or the cities of East Lansing or Lansing is required. A 4 year MSU bike or moped registration may be purchased for $2.00 from the Department of Public Safety.

D. Graduate Student Organizations

1. MSU/Graduate Employees Union (GEU)

The MSU Graduate Employees Union website is www.geuatmsu.org/index.php. The MSU/GEU contract can be found at www.grad.msu.edu/geu/agree.pdf

2. Council of Graduate Students (COGS)

COGS is the official graduate student organization at Michigan State University. Officers and departmental representatives (one representative per department for the entire University) are voting members. The primary objective is improvement of the academic, social, and economic position of graduate students at MSU. The organization has official delegates to the Graduate Council, the Academic Council and standing committees thereof, and several all-university and presidential committees. Through membership in these and other bodies, COGS participates in decisions on such matters as tuition and fees, the grading system, traffic regulations, academic and extracurricular programs of the university, graduate assistant stipends, improvements in on- and off-campus student living conditions, academic freedom and responsibilities, student representation in university government, and the selection of principal administrative officers. Meetings are open to all graduate students. For further information, contact the department for the name of your representative. Check out the COGS web site at www.cogs.msu.edu.

COGS offers a wide range of services and programs to graduate level students including the following:

a. MSU Student Food Bank

COGS and ASMSU jointly established a Student Food Bank to address the problems of students and their families with financial hardship. The SFB is located at Olin Health Center, and hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Students may visit bi-monthly. For more information, or to volunteer, stop by the office (320 Student Services) or call 353-2898.

b. Copy Center

Open to all members of the MSU community, the COGS copy center features the lowest rates available.

c. Thesis and Dissertation Copying

Bring the final copy of your document to the COGS office for low rates. Copies are made on 25% bond (official requirement) and take 2-3 business days for processing.

d. Legal Aid

COGS and ASMSU have joined together to provide a wide range of legal services to MSU students. This service is free to all graduate-level students. Student Legal Services is located in 329 Student Services Building. These services are funded through student taxes and activity fees. This plan enables students to consult a staff attorney on most legal matters such as landlord/tenant problems, small claims, traffic offenses including speeding and drunk driving, and minor criminal/civil matters. For more specialized needs, students are referred to area attorneys. The Student Defender Division of legal services provides students with advice regarding University regulations, judiciary programs, and any other type of para-legal help necessary to resolve intra-university problems. Due to the large number of phone calls and potential problems, no legal advice of any kind will be given over the phone. An appointment can be made by calling 353-3716 or in person at the office during the hours of 8:00 am-12:00 noon and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.

e. Short-Term Loans

COGS offers short term loans of $100 and $250 (which are administered through ASMSU and the Office of Financial Aid). The loans are interest free for 30 and 60 days, respectively.

f. Endowment Fund

COGS offers conference and degree completion grants. Please visit the COGS website at www.cogs.msu.edu for an application and guidelines.

3. Faculty-Professional Women’s Association

The purpose of the Faculty-Professional Women’s Association is to provide a forum for and support of the various interests of the present and future professional women at Michigan State University. Graduate students are eligible to join the association as non-voting members. The dues for MSU graduate students are about 25% of the full dues. Non-voting members cannot vote in elections or on issues, nor can they hold a regular board position or office. Other than that, they have all the other rights and privileges of regular members. For information contact Etta Abrahams, at 353-3863.

E. University Guides and References

1. Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities

This document contains University policies concerning graduate education and is published in Spartan Life. It can also be accessed via Michigan State University’s Web page at www.vps.msu.edu/SpLife/default.pdf.

2. Funding Guide

The Graduate School has produced a Guide for Graduate Students, Graduate Professional Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, to assist students in identifying funding sources such as grants, fellowships, scholarships and awards. The Funding Guide, which is updated annually, is also available on the World Wide Web, and can be accessed through the Graduate School’s home page.

3. Career and Professional Development

The Graduate School at MSU offers a variety of workshops and other resources that can assist students in their career and professional development. The “PREP” program focuses on four skills that are key to career and professional development: planning, resilience, engagement and professionalism. See http://grad.msu.edu/cpd.htm for a list of workshops and other activities.

4. Resource Guide

The Graduate Student Resource Guide is published by the graduate school, and contains useful information on networking, transportation, housing, and campus and community resources. It is available in 118 Linton Hall.

5. Academic Programs

Academic Programs (University catalogs) are the primary sources for university regulations, policies, procedures, costs, and academic program requirements. The latest edition can be found on the web at www.reg.msu.edu/ucc/ucc.asp

6. The COGS Graduate Student Handbook

The COGS Graduate Student Handbook is published annually by the Council of Graduate Students and is available in Room 316 Student Services.

7. Spartan Life

Spartan Life Student Handbook and Resource Guide is produced by the Office of Student Affairs and Services. It is available in Room 101 Student Services or on the web at: www.vps.msu.edu/SpLife/index.htm

8. The Schedule of Courses and Academic Handbook

The Schedule of Courses and Academic Handbook, published each semester, provide selected information on courses, university regulations, policies, procedures, costs, and the academic calendar. The latest schedule of courses is available on the web at http://schedule.msu.edu. The Academic Handbook is available at www.reg.msu.edu/UCC/AcademicPrograms.asp

9. The Faculty and Staff Directory

The Faculty and Staff Directory is published by the Office of the Registrar. Copies for personal use may be purchased at the MSU Union Central Store or the MSU Bookstore.

10. Guide to the Preparation of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

The Graduate School Guide to the Preparation of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations describes the final procedures for degree completion and manuscript requirements for your thesis or dissertation. It is available from the Graduate School, 118 Linton Hall, or on the web at http://grad.msu.edu/graduation.htm

11. The Graduate Post

A newsletter published every semester by The Graduate School. Its purpose is to highlight activities in graduate education at MSU and elsewhere, to publish opportunities available for professional enrichment through fellowships, scholarships and study programs, to announce important deadline dates and announce upcoming colloquia and symposia.

12. MSU News Bulletin

A biweekly newspaper geared to University and faculty interest. It can also be found on the web at newsbulletin.msu.edu/

13. The State News

The State News is the MSU daily newspaper that contains news and a listing of events of interest.

F. Directory of Frequently Contacted Offices

1. Program

EEBB Program Office - 103 Giltner Hall, Ms. Pat Resler, 432-1359
EEBB Program Director, Dr. Kay E. Holekamp, 432-1359

2. Department and College

Home Department Office ___-____
Home College Office ___-____

3. University

a. Administration

Admissions and Scholarships - 250 Admin. Bldg, 355-8332
Enrollment Services - 176 Admin. Bldg, 355-3330
Telephone Enrollment, 432-3000
Billing Statements - 142 Admin. Bldg, 355-3343
PAN Numbers - Office of the Registrar, 150 Admin. Bldg, 355-3300
Payroll (direct deposit,) - 350 Admin. Bldg, 355-5010
Degree & Certification - 160 Admin. Bldg, 353-3880
Transcripts - 50 Admin. Bldg, 355-5150
Graduate School - 118 Linton Hall, 355-0300

b. Student Services

Financial Aid/Student Loan - 259 Student Services, 353-5940
ASMSU/COGS Legal Services - 329 Student Services, 353-3716
Council of Graduate Students (COGS), 353-9189
Office of Financial Aid - 252 Student Services Bldg, 353-5940
Div. of Student Affairs & Services - 101 Student Services Bldg, 355-8303
Career Services & Placement Center - 113 Student Services Bldg 355-9510
Counseling Center - 207 Student Services Bldg 355-8270
Employee Assistance Program - 205 Olds Hall 355-4506

c. Owen Hall

Urban Affairs Assistant Dean - 130 W. Owen 353-9506
Minority Competitive Doctoral Fellowships,
Affirmative Action/Graduate Financial Asst. Program - 112 W Owen 353-1803

d. Computing

Computer Help and Repair - 120 Computer Center, 432-6200
Computer Store - 110 Computer Center 432-0700
Scoring Office, 355-1819

e. International Center

English Language Center – A714 Wells Hall, 353-0800
Director, Office for International Students & Scholars - 103 International Center, 353-1720
Office of Study Abroad - 109 International Center, 353-8920
International Studies & Programs - Deans Office 209 International Ctr, 355-2350

f. Library

Information Desk, 353-8700
Library Hours, 355-8981

g. Student Health Services

Olin Health Center Information Desk, 355-4510
Olin Health Center Appointments, 353-4660
Olin Pharmacy, 353-9153
Student Insurance Questions—
Benefits Administration - 140 Nisbet Bldg 353-4434

G. Selected MSU Web Sites

MSU Home Page
www.msu.edu/

EEBB Program Site
www.msu.edu/~eebb/

Academic Programs
www.reg.msu.edu/UCC/AcademicPrograms.asp

Graduate Students Rights and Responsibilities
www.vps.msu.edu/SpLife/default.pdf

MSU/GEU Contract
grad.msu.edu/geu/agree.pdf

Office for International Students and Scholars
www.oiss.msu.edu

Guidelines for Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Relationships
grad.msu.edu/all/ris04relations.pdf

Guidelines for Integrity in Research and Creative Activities
grad.msu.edu/all/ris04activities.pdf

Office of the Ombudsman
www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/