MSU Student Activism

Activism and Education

“The basic purposes of the university are the advancement, dissemination and application of knowledge.”

  • Freedom of expression is fundamental to education; however, absolute freedom leads to anarchy.
  • Order is also fundamental to education; however, absolute order leads to tyranny.

“Therefore, the university must seek to strike a balance between maximum freedom and necessary order…”

What You Should Know about Activism on Campus

  • Protests, rallies, etc., may not disrupt normal university operations. For example, activities may not:
    • Create excessive noise within or in close proximity to campus buildings.
    • Obstruct the free movement of persons about the campus.
    • Block access to and from university buildings.
    • Enter or remain in another individual’s place of residence or work without permission.
  • While in dialogue, we should:
    • Listen to the ideas and beliefs of others.
    • Reflect critically on our own ideas and beliefs.
    • Accept responsibility for our actions and words.
    • Contribute positively to the richness of the intellectual dialogue.

Action Steps

  • Complete an Event Planning Form at
  • Valuable resources:
  • Be aware of relevant institutional policies: 
    • Student Disorderly Conduct Policy
    • General Student Regulations
    • Disorderly Assemblages or Conduct
  • Be knowledgeable about the issue(s) at hand. Critical judgment is important in the search for truth.
  • Seek and be open to different perspectives. All good teachers must also be learners.
  • Consider the impact your actions will have on yourself and others.

Relevant Policies and Ordinances

Important Contact Information

Department of Student Development and Leadership
Student Services Building
556 E. Circle Drive, Room 101

MSU Department of Police and Public Safety
1120 Red Cedar Road

Residence Education and Housing Services
1855 Place
550. S. Harrison Road