Spartan Smart Class

Program Description

Spartan Smart is an alcohol and marijuana education course designed to meet the needs of students who have received a sanction through Michigan State University's Dean of Students Office, a minor in possession (MIP) charge, a civil infraction in lieu of an MIP charge, or who have been recommended to complete an alcohol/ drug education class. Spartan Smart is focused on creating a compassionate and non-judgmental environment in which students can explore their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors as they relate to alcohol and marijuana use. Our goal is to motivate students to make healthier choices about drinking or marijuana use, and for those who choose to continue use, to impart skills that will allow them to do so with reduced risks.

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Student Testimonials

“I liked how the class was informational, open, and honest vs. being condescending and shaming. I enjoyed it!”

“Great class; very helpful and not boring at all – I had a good time while learning important info.”

“It was something I looked forward to after the first class. I learned life lessons.”

“Definitely changed my views about alcohol and drugs.”

“I think this class should be a requirement for all freshmen.”

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Course Scheduling, Registration and Fee

Spartan Smart is a 4-hour class that is offered in two, two-hour sessions. You will attend the course with 3-8 other students and will register for a set date and time that fits best within your schedule. View the class schedule here. The cost for the session is $55. Proceed to the registration page to register and pay for a Spartan Smart class through MSU’s CashNet payment system.

  • All classes will take place in the Olin Health Center Classroom (463 E. Circle Drive) or Room 27 in the Student Services Building (556 E. Circle Drive). If less than three students are registered for any given class, the class may be cancelled and/or combined with another scheduled class.
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Attendance Policy

It is important that students contact the Health Promotion Department at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule their participation in a session. Students who miss a session without prior notification will have to re-enroll and pay the course fee again in order to complete the course. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes after the class has started, will not be able to attend the class and will be asked to register and attend another session.

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Confidentiality and Completion

At the end of the second session, students will receive documentation that they have completed Spartan Smart. If the sanctioning entity is affiliated with Michigan State University, an electronic notification will be e-mailed jointly to the sanctioning entity and the student, verifying completion of the class. If the sanctioning entity is outside of Michigan State University, students will need to provide the contact information of the sanctioning entity, including an email address, and an electronic verification will be sent to that entity and the student, verifying completion of the class. Information in this communication is limited to a brief description of the class, the student's name, date of birth, and date of completion. It is the responsibility of the student to request any additional documentation from MSU's Health Promotion Department for verification purposes. Health Promotion will not disclose any student information to entities, on- or off-campus, without a signed Release of Information form completed by the student.

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Schedule & Enrollment

To schedule your Spartan Smart sessions, or for more information, contact: 

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