MSU board approves changes to ordinances

Contact: Terry Denbow, University Relations, (517) 355-2262,

Feb 10, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Changes to two Michigan State University ordinances relating to open alcohol containers and disorderly conduct were approved by the university's Board of Trustees.

The board approved the amendments at its Feb. 10 meeting.

The alcohol-container amendment states, in part, "The possession of open or uncapped containers of alcoholic beverages and the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all public areas of lands governed by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees and in all public areas of campus buildings."

There will be certain exceptions to the ban. Those exceptions will follow guidelines approved by the MSU Board of Trustees.

The disorderly conduct amendment would make it illegal for any person to "urinate or defecate in any public place or upon any public or private property, except in a sanitary facility intended for such activities."

The approved revisions make university ordinances relating to alcoholic beverages and disorderly conduct consistent with local laws in surrounding jurisdictions, as well as ordinances at other Big Ten and Michigan colleges and universities.

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