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Student Conduct

The JCMU academic programs involve far more than participating in classes in an overseas setting; they are truly cross-cultural encounters demanding full attention for the duration of your stay in Japan. The boundaries that divide classroom activities from private life are blurred at the Japan Center, where faculty and students live and work together. Along with the mental stimulation and mutual support of life in a tightly knit academic community, there come, of course, certain individual and group responsibilities which keep the community functioning and productive. Students are expected to be actively involved in the day-to-day maintenance of the Center facilities. Students are regarded as official representatives of their universities and their states and as such are expected to behave with appropriate decorum, both inside and outside JCMU.

Statement of Responsibility:

You have signed a Statement of Responsibility form for this program. This is a document outlining your obligations and responsibilities to the program. Please read it carefully. Michigan State University’s general student regulations also apply to JCMU students, in the absence of JCMU-specific policies. These regulations may be found on the MSU Web Page under Spartan Life.

Any behavior that endangers another person or property is of particular concern. The following behaviors may result in immediate dismissal from the program and suspension from your home university:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Harassment
  • Possession or use of controlled substances
  • Setting a fire or possession of explosives
  • Possession of a weapon, including BB guns and knives
  • Theft
  • Defacing or destruction of property
Disciplinary actions should be commensurate with the seriousness of the offense and designed for the guidance and correction of behavior. Repeated violations justify increasingly severe penalties.

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