Students and Student Organizations
Effective Date: 09/01/2010
7.1 On-Campus Living Requirement
All single undergraduate students are required to live in University housing facilities during their first full year at Michigan Technological University. This does not include commuting students living at home with their parent(s) or guardian.
- 08/19/1939: Freshman required to live in dorms
- 04/21/1972: Waiver of Second year
- 10/11/2001: Removed reference to the trust agreement in the second paragraph
- 10/04/2007: Added the word guardian.
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 8.2. Renumbered and deleted second paragraph as inconsistent with previously revised first paragraph.
Effective Date: 05/20/2020
7.2 Requirements for Graduation
The requirements for a student to receive a baccalaureate degree from Michigan Technological University are the following:
- Thirty (30) semester credit hours of advanced level courses (3000 or higher) which apply to the degree must be completed at Michigan Tech.
The requirements for a student to receive a graduate degree from Michigan Technological University are the following:
- A minimum of two-thirds of the required non-research course-work credits required for the degree must be taken through Michigan Tech. Ph.D. students must take at least 20 credits beyond the masters or 50 credits beyond the bachelors through Michigan Tech.
- Research credits used to satisfy degree requirements must be taken through Michigan Tech and must be supervised by a member of Michigan Tech graduate faculty.
- Some graduate programs may have other specific requirements.
Courses which meet the "at Michigan Tech" requirement are defined as courses that were taken as part of a university-approved study abroad program or as courses that are listed in the course catalog and taught by Michigan Tech faculty either on campus, at field locations, or through distance learning.
The President or the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, is authorized to grant exceptions to this requirement in extraordinary individual cases.
Degree programs with special requirements may apply for exemptions. The President or the Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs may grant such programmatic exemptions upon recommendation of the Senate.
- 01/28/1989: Revised positions authorized to grant exceptions
- 03/17/1989: Clarified type of degree
- 05/17/1991: Revised in-residence work program
- 08/03/2000: Reflect the change in academic calendar from quarters to semesters
- 05/11/2001: Revised to provide a common standard of residency for all Michigan Tech baccalaureate degrees whether completed on campus or through distance learning.
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 8.5. Renumbered and modified power to grant exceptions.
- 04/29/2016: Clarified “in-residence” courses and thirty credit hours at an advanced level toward degree program.
- 5/20/2020: Removed requirement that 30 of the last 36 hours must be completed at Michigan Tech to obtain degree.
Effective Date: 05/01/2015
Residents of the State of Michigan benefit from a lower tuition fee than is charged residents of other states. For the purposes of these regulations, a resident student is defined as a student that is domiciled in the state of Michigan. For University purposes, "domicile" is defined as the place where the student intends their true, fixed and permanent home (both during and after they complete their education at the University) and principal establishment to be, and to which the individual intends to return whenever he or she is absent. The fact that a presumption of resident status may apply to a student does not mean that the student will automatically be classified as a resident. The burden of proving domicile, with clear and convincing evidence, is on the student.
A nonresident student is one whose domicile is elsewhere. Students who enroll in the University as non-residents shall continue to be so classified throughout their attendance as students unless residency reclassification is granted.
In-state tuition rates apply to the following persons regardless of domicile:
United States military veterans who have been honorably discharged and/or students entitled to educational assistance under Title 38 of the United States Code, as amended.
The following facts and circumstances, although not necessarily conclusive, have probative value in support of a claim for residence classification:
Both parents (in the case of divorce, a parent) permanently domiciled in Michigan as demonstrated by permanent employment, establishment of a household and severance of out of state ties.
Applicant employed in the State in a full-time, permanent position provided that the applicant's employment is the primary purpose for the applicant's presence in Michigan.
Spouse employed in the State in a full-time, permanent position provided that the spouse's employment is the primary purpose for the student's presence in Michigan.
Continuous domicile in the state of Michigan, while not enrolled as a full-time student, for one full calendar year prior to reclassification.
If financially dependent, parent and/or guardian have become Michigan residents since the student's first enrollment.
Other factors indicating an intent to make Michigan the student's domicile will be considered by the University in classifying of a student.
The following circumstances, standing alone, shall not constitute sufficient evidence of domicile to effect classification of a student as a resident under these regulations:
- Continuous enrollment in a community college or university
- Participation in a graduate program, fellowship or internship
- Employment that is temporary or short-term
- Employment in a position normally held by a student
- Ownership of property
- Presence of relatives (other than parents)
- Possession of a Michigan's driver's license or voter's registration
- Payment of Michigan income or property taxes
- Applicant's statement of intent to be domiciled in Michigan
Residence Status of Immigrants and Aliens
Only persons who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States may be eligible for resident classification at the University. These individuals, like U.S. citizens, must still prove that they have established a Michigan domicile as defined in the Michigan Technological University Residency Guidelines. Having the privilege of remaining permanently in the United States, in itself, does not entitle a person to resident classification for University purposes. The Admissions Office will review the circumstances of the following classes of immigrants:
Permanent Resident Aliens who have been fully processed and possess a permanent resident
alien card or stamp in their passport verifying final approval or
Refugees (I-94 card must designate "Refugee")
- 06/15/1973: Interim policy
- 11/18/1988: Changed to Vice President for Student Services in item 5
- 03/19/1993: Changed to Executive Vice President and Provost in item 5
- 08/03/2000: Changed Executive Vice President and Provost title to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
- 12/15/2000: Changed term to semester in item 1.b
- 03/09/2001: Rewritten to further clarify the residency classification guidelines and procedures for admissions and tuition purposes
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 8.6. Renumbered, deleted military assignment as now covered by Military Family Policy, deleted appeals process and reclassification procedures that were procedure rather than policy and are left to administration.
- 09/19/2013: Granted in-state tuition rates for U.S. military veterans
- 05/01/2015: Revised in-state tuition rates to apply to students entitled to educational assistance under Title 38 of the U.S. Code.
Effective Date: 09/01/2010
7.4 Involuntary Dismissal
In those cases where counseling and/or medical evaluation indicate that it is necessary for a student to withdraw from Michigan Technological University, and the student refuses to withdraw voluntarily, an involuntary leave of absence may be imposed by the Dean of Students (in the case of undergraduate students) or by the Dean of the Graduate School (in the case of graduate students). Procedures to implement this policy will be jointly developed by the Dean of Students and Dean of the Graduate School.
- 11/21/1986: Changed Director of Legal Services to University appointed attorney
- 11/18/88: Changed to Vice President for Student Services
- 09/22/89: Revised entire policy
- 09/18/92: Changed to Executive Vice President and Provost and Appeal to the President
- 08/03/2000: Changed Executive Vice President and Provost title to Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 17.12. Renumbered and completely written.
Effective Date: 09/01/2010
7.5 Student Organizations
Student organizations are formed by groups of students who desire, through mutual interest in a specific area, to be organized for a purpose. Such purposes may be to promote scholarship, social development, hobbies, or other special interests and should contribute something worthwhile to the University community. These organizations are operated by their members who assume the responsibilities for achievement of their purpose, for sound business management, and for proper social and community relations.
In order to assist the organizations in fulfilling these responsibilities and in taking advantage of the opportunities and facilities afforded student organizations at Michigan Technological University, the organization must register as required by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
The registration process represents a relationship in which the University provides advice and assistance as practicable, while the organization accepts the responsibility for its operation, conduct and contributions to the University community.
The transient nature of active membership in student organizations requires someone to act as a center for continuing policies and provide guidance for the activities and operations of the student organizations in order to protect the interests of the members, other students and the University. This responsibility is assigned, to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
In fulfilling this responsibility the Vice President for Student Affairs shall:
- Promote the interests of all groups and assist them with specific problems in keeping with the recognized goals of the University.
- Appoint one or more advisors from persons affiliated with the University for each organization that receives funds directly from the University or from an allocation by the Undergraduate Student Government of the University, or for such organization as the Vice President for Student Affairs deems desirable.
- Expect that accepted standards of good taste and University policies be observed in the social conduct of an organization.
- Expect that efficiency and integrity be maintained in the business affairs of the organization.
- Expect proper democratic operational procedures within the organizations.
- Expect all student groups to furnish information on their purposes, structural organization, membership, officers, activities, finances, etc. upon request.
In case any organization has difficulties arising in any of the above areas, the officers and/or advisors may consult the Vice President for Student Affairs for assistance in resolving the difficulties.
The Vice President for Student Affairs especially should be consulted on difficulties between a student group and other University groups, or between a student group and parties outside the University community.
The Undergraduate Student Government of the University is recognized as the official undergraduate student body government and the Graduate Student Government as the official graduate student body government. These two organizations are responsible for expressing the will of the general student body and for allocating any University - designated funds to other student organizations to support and promote on-campus student activities. The University, primarily through the Vice President for Student Affairs, shall work with the Undergraduate Student Government and with the Graduate Student Government in seeking the opinions and assistance of the general student body in matters of its proper concern.
The Vice President for Student Affairs, and the advisors are available to assist the student organizations. However, ultimate responsibility for performance rests with the members themselves. Failure to meet these responsibilities may result in such remedies as the Vice President for Student Affairs may determine, after thorough investigation, up to and including denial of the right to register with Michigan Technological University. A student organization may appeal any action such as denial of the right to register by any employee directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs of the University.
The Vice President for Student Affairs, advisors, or other members of the University staff may not create any financial liability on the part of the University in their working with the student organizations. The members of each organization are the persons responsible for the group's actions and liabilities.
- 09/21/1984: Changed President to Vice President for Administrative and Student Services
- 11/18/1988: Changed to Vice President for Student Services
- 03/19/1993: Changed to Executive Vice President & Provost
- 08/03/2000: Changed to Executive Vice President and Provost title to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
- 05/10/2002: Changed Student Council to Undergraduate Student Government
- 09/28/2006: Changed to recognize both student organizations: Graduate Student Council and Undergraduate Student Government; and changed references from Provost and Senior VP for Academic and Student Affairs for Student Affairs
- 12/15/2009: Changed to reflect the current Student Affairs roles and responsibilities with respect to student organizations, and to reflect the name change of the Graduate Student Council to Graduate Student Government
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 11.1. Renumbered and changed Dean of Students to Vice President for Student Affairs. Changed adviser to advisor. Removed some procedure and placed responsibility with the Vice President for Student Affairs rather than at other levels through that Vice President.