Students are admitted to the College by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (1220 Student Activities Building, 313/764-7433, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109) from whom appropriate forms and instructions are available. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions welcomes prospective freshman students who wish to participate in a group information session prior to submitting an application; appointments should be arranged in advance.
A non-refundable application fee of forty dollars is required of all who seek admission to the University. This fee is not required of applicants seeking readmission or of students requesting cross-campus transfers. A two hundred dollar enrollment deposit which is applied toward tuition is required of all new students admitted to the College.
Prospective freshmen must request the Admissions Bulletin from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applications are invited from high school students who have begun their senior year as well as from high school graduates. Early application allows admissions officials to inform students of the probability of admission and to call attention to any unmet requirements. Students must apply and have all required credentials on file by February 1 to receive as much consideration as space limitations allow for a Fall Term. Students who desire admission for other terms should obtain information about application deadlines from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and several professional schools and colleges of the University of Michigan (e.g., School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy) have developed a preferred admissions program for a limited number of highly qualified entering freshmen that guarantees admission to specific professional programs. Further information about the preferred admissions program is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Students with good records of scholarship in other colleges and universities who wish to continue their academic work in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts should apply to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and request the Admissions Bulletin. An official transcript from each institution attended, as well as a final transcript from the high school from which the student was graduated, must be submitted as part of the application process. GED scores are acceptable.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts allows readmission of a student previously enrolled if the student left in good academic standing. Students who have been absent from the College for more than one full year (12 months) must apply for readmission by submitting a Readmission and Intra-University Application which is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If a student has done academic work out of residence since leaving the College, an official transcript of that work should also be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A student should request readmission several weeks prior to registration to allow sufficient time to complete necessary processing. No application fee is required. A student readmitted early enough may participate in early registration.
A student whose academic status in the College is probation or probation continued can be readmitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students readmitted on probation must meet the terms of their probation or they will be dismissed. (See Academic Discipline in Chapter IV.)
Students dismissed from the College for reasons of unsatisfactory academic performance must obtain permission to register from the Office of Academic Actions prior to submitting an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. In these cases, the readmission decision rests entirely with the Office of Academic Actions. Such students must make an appointment with a Member of the Academic Actions Board to discuss readmission to the College. Petitions requesting reinstatement should be received by the Office of Academic Actions at least four weeks prior to the regular registration period for the term in question.
Applications from students enrolled in another school or college of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), or the Dearborn or Flint campuses, are considered cross-campus transfer applications. In admitting cross-campus transfers, several factors are considered. A student's previous academic program is evaluated in terms of the College's residence policy (see Chapter IV) and the requirements of the program to be elected in the College. A student's grade point average and the general trend of the grade record are also considered. The reasons for the applicant's request for a transfer are considered as are test scores and the high school record.
Students should submit a Readmission and Intra-University Application available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There is no application fee.
Applications for a cross-campus transfer are not accepted from freshman level students during their first term of enrollment, but are accepted during their second term. Students who wish to make a cross-campus transfer during the initial freshman term should discuss their plans with an academic advisor; the advisor will assist in electing an appropriate academic program for the second term. Cross-campus transfer students may receive credit for a maximum of 90 credits from the previous college or school (60 credits from UM Dearborn or Flint). LS&A residency requires that a student earn 30 credits in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Students who wish to transfer from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to the Residential College or vice versa should contact the Office of Academic Actions or the RC Counseling Office for information about intra-college transfer procedures. In these cases, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is not involved.
Students who were admitted to the University in a dual degree program or change to a dual degree program and later wish to change their primary unit will need to submit an application for cross-campus transfer admission. Dual degree students register for all of their classes on one registration form which is that of their primary or home unit. Should you wish that primary unit to change then application must be made so that the proper changes are made in the Registrar's Office and that you would then receive the correct registration materials in the future.
Prospective applicants with foreign academic experience are urged to request the brochure entitled "International Admissions Information" from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This brochure lists minimum academic requirements in terms of foreign educational systems and describes procedures for documentation of English language proficiency. Applicants requesting the Student F-1 Visa or the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa are instructed in procedures for documenting financial resources.
The International Center, located in a wing of the Michigan Union, provides services for both U.S. citizens anticipating an experience abroad and foreign students coming to the United States.
For U.S. students, exploration may be done here of academic and employment programs not associated with the University of Michigan. Information is available for all areas of the world, for programs sponsored by other institutions, and for direct enrollment in a foreign institution. A special program for employment enables students to acquire a legal work permit for many foreign countries. Information is also available at the International Center regarding Peace Corps, and even recreational travel. You may purchase International Student ID cards, youth hostel passes, Eurail passes, etc. here as well. Students wishing to explore University of Michigan LS&A programs abroad should visit the Office of International Programs, 5208 Angell Hall.
Foreign students may obtain assistance in maintaining their visa status, in filing petitions for currency exchange, taxes, and a large variety of other legal and personal matters.
Non-degree status offers the opportunity to elect courses in the College to meet personal objectives without enrollment in a degree program. Consideration for admission as a non-degree student is determined by (1) certified good academic standing at another college or university and eligible to return; (2) successful completion of a high school or college program; and (3) evidence of ability to succeed in university courses. Interested students should submit the Non-Degree LS&A Application which is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants may also be asked to submit an official transcript of high school or college work.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions grants admission as applications are received. If non-degree status is granted, the student may register for courses only on or after the first day of classes of the term for which admission has been granted. This is to ensure that degree seeking students have first priority in electing courses. Non-degree students may register for any course so long as it is open or an Election Authorization Form (override) can be obtained.
The Registrar's office maintains an official transcript of all courses elected by each non-degree student. Non-degree students are subject to the same policies that apply to degree seeking students. They are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average to be eligible for continued enrollment.
If non-degree students plan to seek a degree from the College, they should discuss their interests with both an admissions and an academic advisor. Non-degree status is not changed to degree status except by formal application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Successful completion of work elected as a non-degree student is considered but does not ensure admission as a degree student. If admission as a degree student is granted, credit earned during enrollment as a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree; it is considered in-residence credit (see Residence Policy in Chapter IV) and earns honor points.
Students dismissed from the College for unsatisfactory academic performance may not enroll as non-degree students. No student having an academic stop in any unit of the University as a degree seeking student may be admitted to non-degree status without receiving special permission from the Undergraduate Admissions Office. A student who has a degree from any unit of the University of Michigan is eligible to apply for non-degree status without the lapse of a full term. Non-degree status is neither intended to accommodate qualified degree applicants who apply after the deadline or after enrollment limits for a particular term have been reached nor is it ordinarily intended to accommodate high school students who wish to elect college-level courses.
Non-degree students who would like to discuss their academic plans are encouraged to contact the LS&A Academic Advising Office. Since academic advisors do not have access to academic records for non-degree students, a copy of any relevant transcripts (or other materials) should be brought to the advising appointment. For information about College policies and procedures, non-degree students should use the resources of LS&A Checkpoint (see Chapter II).
Enrollment Deposit. A newly-admitted student is required to pay a two hundred dollar non-refundable enrollment deposit in accordance with instructions provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Upon enrollment, this deposit is applied toward the tuition and fees for the term for which a student is admitted. Failure to enroll for that term of admission results in forfeiture of the entire two hundred dollar deposit.
Questions and correspondence concerning the enrollment deposit should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1220 Student Activities Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109.
The tuition is a student's contribution to the costs of instruction and library services. In addition, a registration fee ($80.00 for a full term and $40.00 for a half term), a college government fee ($1.00), a student association fee ($6.27 for a full term in 1992-93) are assessed. The tuition schedule is based on the number of credits elected during a specific term as well as on residency status (see Residence Regulations in this chapter) and class standing: lower-division (up to 54 credits toward a degree program) or upper-division (55 or more credits toward a degree program). The following tuition information is applicable only for undergraduates enrolled at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) during the 1992-93 academic year. Tuition for the 1993-94 academic year is subject to change. Tuition for the 1992-93 academic year for a full program (12-18 credits) was $2095 per term for Michigan resident (lower-division) students; $6947 per term for non-Michigan resident (lower-division) students; $2314 per term for Michigan resident (upper-division) students; and $7449 per term for non-Michigan resident (upper-division) students.
The tuition schedule for programs of less than 12 credits or more than 18 credits varies according to the specific number of credits elected, residency status, and lower/upper division status. Current tuition and fee schedule information is available from the Office of the Registrar. Tuition and fees are payable prior to registration, after registration, or in two installments during a full term (one installment during a half-term). The number and dates of installment payments are specified prior to the beginning of each term.
This information refers to tuition only and does not include the cost of housing, board, or personal incidental expenses. University housing rates are available from the University Housing Office. Information about average student expenses based on class-level, residency, marital status, and family size is available from the Office of Financial Aid.
Students are required to pay all accounts due the University in accordance with regulations set forth for such payments. Students with a "financial hold" are not able to register and cannot obtain a transcript of previous academic work.
The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) administers financial aid programs, helps students locate financial resources, and assists students with budgeting. Most aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Students are encouraged to take advantage of financial counseling services even if they are not receiving aid. Emergency and/or short-term loans are available from this office for educationally-related expenses.
Entering LS&A students may apply for financial aid by checking appropriate boxes on the admissions application and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and copies of federal income tax returns (parents' and student's). All continuing students must submit an OFA Request for Funds, the FAFSA, and federal income tax returns (parents' and student's) to reapply each year. Undergraduates are considered for grants, loans, and work-study employment.
Scholarships for entering undergraduates are awarded through the admissions process. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (313) 763-6600 to talk to a financial aid officer or to request information, or consult the undergraduate admissions materials.
Undergraduates who have completed at least one term in LS&A may apply for LS&A Scholarships. Students must have a high GPA and must show financial need. Contact the Office of Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs (1402 Mason Hall) for information.
The Office of Orientation provides orientation programs that assist students in making their entry into the University as smooth as possible. Orientation offers students the opportunity to talk with an academic advisor, plan a course of study, register for classes, meet new friends, and obtain special assistance as they become familiar with the University and its resources. These programs, offered prior to each academic term, serve students admitted to most schools and colleges of the University of Michigan. All new freshmen and transfer students, including transfer students from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan-Flint, are required to participate in orientation in order to register. Cross-campus transfer students, non-degree students, and readmitted students are not required to participate although they are welcome to do so if they wish.
All students admitted for a fall term are expected to participate in a three-day orientation session in a residence hall on campus during the summer. Those who are unable to participate in the summer attend an alternate program scheduled just prior to the beginning of the fall term. The Office of Orientation sends complete information about these programs to students admitted for fall term beginning in April and to students admitted for other terms about two weeks before the term begins.
All students are required to have and to use a social security number for registration and record purposes. New students receive all necessary registration materials by participating in the official Orientation Program conducted by the Office of Orientation. Students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts register and make drop/add changes through the CRISP system. CRISP (Computer Registration Involving Student Participation) is a university-wide, computer-assisted registration system. All students should register by the end of the registration period indicated in the academic calendar. Late registration carries an additional fee, which must be paid at the Cashier's Window before a student may register. After the third week of a term, students are not permitted to register unless permission has been granted by the Office of Academic Actions. (Honors students obtain permission from the Honors Program.)
The following Residence Regulations were adopted by the Regents of the University on March 15, 1974, and became effective the Summer Half Term 1974.
Since normally a student comes to the University of Michigan for the primary or sole purpose of attending the University rather than to establish a domicile in Michigan, one who enrolls in the University as a non-resident shall continue to be so classified throughout her/his attendance as a student, unless and until she/he demonstrates that her/his previous domicile has been abandoned and a Michigan domicile established.
No student shall be eligible for classification as a resident unless she/he shall be domiciled in Michigan and has resided in Michigan continuously for not less than one year immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which classification is sought.
For purposes of these Regulations, a resident student is defined as a student domiciled in the State of Michigan. A non-resident is defined as one whose domicile is elsewhere. A student shall not be considered domiciled in Michigan unless she/he is in continuous physical presence in this State and intends to make Michigan her/his permanent home, not only while in attendance at the University, but indefinitely thereafter as well, and has no domicile or intent to be domiciled elsewhere.
The following facts and circumstances, although not necessarily conclusive, have probative value in support of a claim for resident classification:
Other factors indicating an intent to make Michigan the student's domicile will be considered by the University in classifying 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:
An alien who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States shall not, by reason of that status alone, be disqualified from classification as a resident, provided, however, that aliens who are present in the United States on a temporary or student visa shall not be eligible for classification as a resident.
These Regulations shall be administered by the Office of the Registrar in accordance with the following residence review procedures:
It shall be the responsibility of the student to register under the proper residence classification, to advise the Office of the Registrar of possible changes in residence and to furnish all requested information pertinent thereto.
Applications for reclassification shall be filed not later than 20 calendar days following the first day of classes of the term for which such reclassification is sought. Such application shall be filed with the Assistant Registrar for Residence Status (see "f" below for address), and shall set forth in writing a complete statement of the facts upon which it is based, together with affidavits or other supporting documentary evidence. Failure to timely file such an application shall constitute a waiver of all claims to reclassification or rebates for such term.
Any student may appeal the decision of the Assistant Registrar for Residence Status made pursuant to paragraph b, above, by taking the following steps within 20 calendar days after she/he has been served with notice of such decision personally, by mail, or by posting in a conspicuous place at 500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan:
All fees are payable in accordance with the regulations established by the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, providing only that said regulations may not defer payment of these fees beyond the end of the term for which they are assessed.
No exemption from the payment of fees shall be granted unless specifically approved by the Board.
All persons, not specifically exempted, who are using University facilities and services must register and pay the appropriate fee.
Students enrolled in more than one school/college will pay the higher tuition rate for all credits elected (excludes students enrolled in the Extension Services).
Students who change their program in the first three weeks of classes in the full term and first two weeks in the half-term will receive a full refund of the fees paid and will be assessed the full fee appropriate to the new elections. If changes are made thereafter, the higher of the two fees will be assessed.
Students withdrawing after registration and before the end of the first three weeks of classes in the full term or the first two weeks in the half term shall pay a disenrollment fee of $50.00 and a registration fee of $80.00 ($40.00 in the half-term) but will be refunded any part of the fees which has been paid.
Students withdrawing during the third week of classes in the divided term and in the fourth, fifth, and sixth week of classes in the full term, shall forfeit 50 percent of the assessed fee, plus a $80.00 ($40.00 in the half-term) registration fee.
Students withdrawing subsequent to the third week of classes in the divided term and to the sixth week of classes in the full term shall pay the assessed term fees in full.
The effective date of refund is the date the withdrawal notice is received in the Office of the Registrar.
Any refund due will be mailed to the student's address of record upon request.
The University of Michigan complies with federal and state laws which affect qualified persons with disabilities. It is the policy and practice of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to provide equal educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities in all programs and activities, including internships and field placements. Students with disabilities who require academic adjustments are encouraged to contact their instructors at the beginning of the term to discuss their specific needs. The Universitys Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides assistance regarding academic, economic, social, and recreational activities to students who have disabilities. Specific services available through SSD include counseling, assistance with class room accommodations, volunteer readers and notetakers, sign language and oral interpreters, peer tutors, accessible transportation, orientation and registration assistance, special scholarships, tape recorders and talking calculators, and aids for reading and studying, such as braille and large print materials, adaptive computer technology, and Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf. Staff in this office also act as intermediaries and advocates for students with disabilities. To find out more about services, or to volunteer as a reader, notetaker or tutor, contact Services for Students with Disabilities, G625 Haven Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045, (313) 763-3000 (Voice/TDD). Students with disabilities may also contact the Office of Academic Actions, 1223 Angell Hall , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003, (313-764-0310)
The Dean of Students' Office is your place to come for assistance and services in a wide variety of areas. Within the Dean's office are three Associate Deans with a wide range of experience in student assistance. Many of the services within the Dean of Students office are listed below. The office staff can help with University wide concerns. If they can't answer your questions they will find out who can. You may drop in or call ahead for an appointment. The office is open 8:00-5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
|Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Judicial Advisor||764-5132|
|Office of Affirmative Action||763-0235|
|Dean of Students Office||764-7420|
For personal, confidential counseling or assistance, consult:
|Office of Counseling Services||764-8312|
|Lesbian and Gay Male Programs Office||763-4186|
|Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center||763-5865|
Ann Arbor Campus
The University of Michigan is dedicated to creating a scholarly community that promotes intellectual inquiry, encourages vigorous discourse, and respects individual freedom and dignity. Civility, diversity of opinion, and freedom of expression are all valued as the necessary foundation for a healthy learning community. All students are welcome members of this community and are expected to participate in sustaining its values.
The University of Michigan and its students are committed to maintaining an inclusive, academically centered community. The goals of this community include creating an environment that supports learning, protects the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and assures members of the University community a safe environment free from violence, intimidation, fraud, theft, and harassment. The responsibility for reaching these goals lies with each member of this academic community.
The purposes of this statement are to define students' basic rights within the University community and what students may expect of the University and to explain the academic community's expectations of its student members, including the standard by which student behavior is measured. This statement describes unacceptable student behavior and creates procedures to sanction students if they engage in such unacceptable conduct.
It is the University's goal that all members of the University community adhere to a set of fundamental and ethical standards similar to those that follow for students. The manner in which each group may carry out such standards will vary depending on the rules and procedures established.
Section I: Scope of the Statement
This statement does not:
apply to issues of academic integrity or professional conduct covered by school or college rules: it does not apply if the school or college chooses to employ its rules and procedures to process a case.
cover the policies or practices of student organizations; it applies only to the actions of individual students.
apply to non-violent civil disobedience or student protest. Federal, state, and local laws may be enforced against student demonstrators, but the University will not pursue sanctions under this policy against students for non-violent demonstrations.
apply to speech that is protected by the First Amendment.
apply to student publications or to students responsible for writing, creating, or publishing the material contained in such publications while they are acting within the scope of their journalistic responsibilities.
limit the ability of the University to employ administrative actions (hold credits, library fines, etc.).
Section II: Expectation of Students
Students accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the University of Michigan's academic and social community when they are admitted to the University. Honesty in academic work is expected of each student at the University of Michigan. Allegations of academic dishonesty are reported to and handled by the schools and colleges. Each student is expected to respect the rights of others and to work to create an open, intellectually stimulating environment where diversity of ideas is valued and every person's dignity and autonomy is respected.
Section III: Students' Rights and the University's Responsibilities
Students at the University of Michigan have the same rights and protections under the constitutions of the United States and the state of Michigan as other citizens. These rights include freedom of expression, press, religion, and assembly. Freedom of expression, including dissent and voicing unpopular views, is a valued tradition at the University of Michigan, where students have a long tradition of activism. As members of this community, students have the right to express their own views, but must also take responsibility for according the same right to others.
Students also have the right to be treated fairly by the University and to be informed of University policies affecting them. Any student accused of violating this policy is entitled to procedural due process protections.
A. The University is committed to protecting students' rights of association
Students are free to organize and join associations to promote their common interests.
B. The University is committed to protecting students' rights of inquiry and expression
Students are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately.
The University's commitment to freedom of expression and inquiry has been described in detail in the "Statement on Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression: The Rights and Obligations of Speakers, Performers, Audience Members, and Protesters at the University of Michigan," approved by the Board of Regents in July 1988. Members of the University community, speakers, artists, and others invited by members of the University community have the right to set forth their views and opinions at the University. Within its lawful authority to do so, the University will protect the right of any member of the University community or any invited speaker or artists to speak or perform. The University will also protect the rights of those members of the University community who wish to hear and communicate with an invited speaker or artist.
C. The University is committed to protecting students' rights to a free press
The University will not restrict the editorial freedom of student publications and the student press.
D. The University is committed to protecting students' rights to due process
Students who have been accused of violating University policies have the right to fair treatment. Students, under this policy, have the right to:
1. be informed, in writing, of the charges against them with sufficient particularity and time to ensure opportunity to prepare for a hearing.
2. decline to make self-incriminating statements or to participate in a hearing. Such action will not be interpreted as evidence of guilt, but the process and the hearing will still go forward.
3. decline to appear at the hearing, which will not be interpreted as evidence of guilt, with the understanding that the process and the hearing will still go forward. The judicial advisor will attempt to set hearing times and dates that are mutually acceptable to the parties.
4. present information on their own behalf, including oral and written statements, physical exhibits, and witnesses.
5. require the testimony of any member of the University community who has direct knowledge of the incident; unless the judicial Advisor determines that the testimony would be irrelevant, immaterial, or redundant or would violate a legal privilege.
6. hear all information presented and to question all people who appear before the hearing committee.
7. be advised by an advisor or attorney for consultation purposes during the hearing.
8. an opportunity to challenge the objectivity of the hearing officer or the panel.
9. have the burden of proof rest upon those bringing the charge.
10. receive a timely written decision.
11. confidentiality as provided by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
12. have a recording made of the hearing.
13. an appeal or review of the original hearing.
14. an open hearing, providing the accused requests an open hearing and either:
(a) the complainant consents, or
(b) the complainant is not a student and the complaint does not allege sexual assault or harassment, or
(c) the judicial advisor, in consultation with the General Counsel's office, determines that no substantial harm will result to the complainant as a result of an open hearing.
Section IV. Students' Responsibilities
Students at the University of Michigan expect members of their community to be responsible for their actions and to respect the rights of others. These expectations are not meant to limit students' constitutional right to freedom of expression.
A. Actions on campus
The following personal actions on University property or at official University functions are prohibited by this policy:
1. Sexual assault and rape
2. Harassment, defined as physical force or violence; or behavior, including stalking, that involves a deliberate interference or a deliberate threat to interfere with an individual's personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in university sponsored activities and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur. Students may not use threats concerning the terms or conditions of an individual's education, employment, housing, or participation in a University activity as a way to gain sex and/or sexual favors.
3. Physical assault, battery, or endangerment of any person
4. The knowing possession, use, or storage of firearms or dangerous weapons, except for authorized academic or employment purposes or in connection with a registered student activity or organization
5. Hazing practices as requirements of membership, advancement, or continued good standing in organizations, defined as including the following willful acts, with or without the consent of the individual involved:
physical injury, assault, or battery
kidnapping or imprisonment
intentionally placing at risk of severe mental or emotional harm
degradation, humiliation, or compromising of moral or religious values
forced consumption of any liquid or solid
mandatory personal servitude
placing an individual in physical danger (at risk) which includes abandonment
impairment of physical liberties which include curfews or other interference with academic endeavors
6. Unlawful possession, use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcohol or other drugs
7. Arson; unauthorized setting of fires, unauthorized tampering with any fire alarms or fire safety systems
8. Fraud against the University, forgery, misuse, or alteration of any university document or record, misuse of the University's computer system to gain access to restricted information, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University
9. Unauthorized taking or possession of property or services of another
10. Intentionally and significantly interfering with teaching
11. Damage or destruction of property belonging to another
12. Illegal entry into University facilities
13. Making a false report concerning a fire, bomb, or other emergency
14. Misuse of the disciplinary procedures, including
(a) failure to respond to the request for an interview by the judicial officer during the investigation of a violation (students, including an accused student, may choose not to appear and present testimony at a hearing after a meeting with the judicial advisor)
(b) knowingly falsifying or misrepresenting information before a hearing body
(c) disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a hearing
(d) knowingly making a false accusation
(e) attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a hearing body prior to, and/or during the course of, a hearing
(f) harassment and/or intimidation of a member of a hearing body or of a witness prior to, during and/or after a disciplinary proceeding
(g) failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the hearing body
(h) influencing or attempting to influence another person to present false information or a false complaint
B. Actions off campus
While the conduct of students on campus is of concern to members of the academic community, student actions off campus may also negatively affect the security of the community and/or the integrity of the educational process. The University has differentiated these by the nexus to the institution and the egregiousness of the violation. While all illegal conduct by students is abhorrent to the University, the ability to gather evidence, including testimony of witnesses, limits the institution from pursuing most violations which occur at a distance from the University.
1. The following actions committed off campus will result in a challenge through the student judicial system if they occur in Ann Arbor or its environs (within 30 miles of campus):
(a) illegal sale, distribution, or manufacture of drugs
(b) physical assault, battery, and endangerment
(f) sexual assault and/or rape
2. The same actions listed in IV B.1 may be challenged through the University judicial system regardless of where they occur if a student has been convicted of the offense in a court of law. The University hearing body must decide if the violation poses a clear threat to the mission of the University or to the health and safety of its members.
Section V: Regents' Bylaw 2.01
The Board of Regents of the University of Michigan in Regents' Bylaw 2.01 has given the President of the University the authority for "the maintenance of health, diligence, and order among the students." In cases in which student behavior interferes with the University's ability to maintain those conditions, the President, working through designated University officials, normally will refer a student case to the hearing procedures outlined in the procedures section of this document.
PROCEDURES FOR RESPONDING TO VIOLATION OF THESE STANDARDS
I. Purposes of the Procedures
These standards and procedures have been established by the University to protect its educational purpose, to provide for the orderly conduct of its activities, to protect the victims of crime, and to safeguard the interests of the University community. These disciplinary procedures used by the University are considered part of its educational process and reflect the philosophy of peer education and evaluation. Hearings or appeals conducted as a part of this process are not courts of law and they are not subject to many of the rules of civil or criminal hearings. Because some of the violations of these standards are also violations of law, students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the University for their actions. Disciplinary action at the University will normally proceed not withstanding any civil or criminal proceeding.
II. Emergency Suspension
If a student's actions indicate that his or her continued presence on campus or participation in University activities poses an imminent danger to persons or property, the Vice President for Student Affairs may take emergency action through an immediate suspension. Before, or within 24 hours after, such emergency suspension is imposed, the student shall be given an opportunity to appear before a designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs. At such time the student may make a statement and present evidence bearing on the alleged violation. If the emergency suspension is continued, the student is entitled to a formal hearing within seven (7) calendar days or as soon as practicable after the accused student is prepared to participate in a hearing.
III. Filing Complaints, Notice and Investigation
A. Filing a complaint
Individuals are encouraged to file complaints when they believe there has been a violation of this policy. The formal mechanisms are designed to afford due process protection to the individuals involved, including time to prepare statements, but also resolve cases in a timely manner.
Those filing complaints under these standards should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, in the Fleming Building. A judicial advisor, located within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, administers the procedures and guidelines of these standards. The judicial advisor will consult the Office of the General Counsel regarding such complaints.
All complaints must be filed within six months of the date of the violation or the discovery of the violation.
B. Notice and Investigation
The judicial advisor will make written notification within ten (10) working days after the filing of the complaint, as well as provide the accused with a complete copy of the complaint. All records and documents to be presented to the hearing committee will be made available to both the accused and complainant.
The judicial advisor will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with mediation or a formal hearing. Such a review ordinarily will involve interviewing any complaining witnesses and the accused, as well as other necessary witnesses. If the judicial advisor determines there is enough evidence for a hearing committee to find a violation of the policy, a formal hearing process or mediation will be initiated.
If the judicial advisor determines there is insufficient evidence that a violation has occurred, both the accused and the individual filing the complaint will be notified in writing.
When a serious violation has been reported and it appears that a member of the University community is in serious and continuing danger, the judicial advisor will move the case ahead of others to insure a timely hearing.
The University believes a strong system of mediation of disputes will encourage reporting and resolution of complaints. Mediation is appropriate when all parties involved (accuser(s) and accused) voluntarily agree to engage in the mediation process. Mediation will involve resolution of the incident, including sanctioning when needed. If mediation fails, the case will be forwarded for a formal hearing.
To ensure these standards are applied with a proper regard to their goals and purposes, such mediation will occur solely through or at the direction of the office of the judicial advisor. Other academic and administrative offices may provide counseling and support for students. These offices include Counseling Services, Multicultural Student Programming, the Ombudsman, the Center for the Education of Women, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the Department of Public Safety, Services for Students with Disabilities, the Lesbian and Gay Male Programs Office, and faculty and staff within the schools and colleges.
V. Formal Hearing
The hearing board will consist of six students. At the beginning of each academic year, students will be randomly selected from the student body to serve as potential hearing panelists until a pool of 50 eligible students is obtained. Selected students may be excused by the judicial advisor if service could cause undue hardship. The hearing will be chaired by a faculty or staff member drawn from a panel selected by the Student Relations Committee of Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs. The chair conducts the hearing and is a non-voting member of the committee. The chair selects a hearing committee by lot from the eligible pool of panelists. The judicial advisor shall provide appropriate training for the faculty and student panel in due process and questioning techniques prior to being assigned to a hearing committee.
The chair shall ensure that panelists are both dedicated to their duty as well as unbiased. The chair's selections may be reviewed by both the complainant and the accused. The complainant or the accused may challenge a committee member or the chair based on bias or other cause. The committee member shall be disqualified if the chair determines that the challenge is justified. The chair shall be disqualified if the Vice President for Student Affairs determines that the challenge is justified.
The chair may consult with the General Counsel's office before, during, and after the hearing regarding procedural matters. The judicial advisor is responsible for sending the complete report of the investigation to the hearing committee, and may be called as a witness. The accused retains the right to confront all witnesses and the accused, complainant, and panelists may question witnesses. Either the complainant or the accused may offer sworn affidavits to the panel for consideration. Both parties may be accompanied and counseled by an advisor of their choice who will be permitted to attend, but not participate in, the proceedings. The following are exceptions to this rule:
A. In cases where the accused student is physically incapable of being present at a hearing, he/she may be represented during the hearing by a member of the University community.
B. Students with communication disorders may have a member of the University community speak for them.
The accused must be informed of his or her right to remain silent, and may not be compelled to be a witness against himself or herself. Committee deliberations will be in private. The chair will communicate in writing the results of the hearing to the accused and to the complainant. The letter communicating the results of the hearing will include a separate finding of facts in the case and how the facts were applied.
If all members of the committee determine, by clear and convincing evidence, that the accused student has violated the policy, they will come to consensus on an appropriate sanction. The finding and sanction of the hearing committee will be communicated to the Vice President for Student Affairs who will enforce the sanctions.
VI. Alternate Hearing Process
The accused student may waive a full board hearing and request an administrative hearing. These hearings are conducted by hearing officers appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Administrative hearings will be used during the summer when student board members and faculty chairs are unavailable. An accused student has the option of delaying his or her hearing until the fall term, unless delaying the hearing causes imminent danger to persons or property.
If the accused student disputes the finding of the hearing committee or the administrative hearing officer, or the recommended sanction, he or she may appeal the decision. Such an appeal must be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs within ten (10) class days after the notice of the decision of the hearing panel. Upon petition, this time line may be extended. The appeal statement should contain the grounds for the appeal. Appeals will be limited to a review of the record of the hearing, written statements submitted by parties and any new evidence. The Vice President will forward the student's letter of appeal and all records of the investigation and hearing to the appeals board. The student may challenge any member of the appeals board for bias. The board member shall be disqualified if the Vice President for Student Affairs determines that the challenge is justified.
Grounds for the appeal are limited to:
1. the procedures described in this policy were not followed
2. the decision was not supported by the evidence presented at the hearing
3. the sanction was not appropriate for the violation
4. new evidence is available that was not reasonably available at the time of the hearing.
C. Appeals Board
The Appeals Board is composed of three members who are to serve for the academic year and hear all appeals. They are appointed as follows:
1. a student who is elected from and by the 50 students comprising the hearing panel
2. a faculty member who is appointed by SACUA
3. an administrator who is appointed by the President of the University.
Alternate members may be appointed to the Appeals Board as needed.
D. Decisions of Appeals Board
Decisions by the appeals board will be by majority vote. The appeals board must make a decision within ten (10) working days of receiving the appeal. It may take any of the following actions:
1. affirm the original decision concerning the violation of the policy
2. affirm the original decision concerning the disciplinary sanction imposed
3. reverse the original decision concerning the violation of the policy and direct that the complaint be dismissed
4. reverse the original decision concerning the violation of the policy and direct that a new hearing be held before a new hearing board
5. set aside the original decision concerning the sanction and impose a different sanction. The Appeals Board may not impose a greater sanction than the Hearing Committee.
The appeals board will notify the Vice President for Student Affairs in writing of its decision, who will communicate the decision to the student.
E. Further Appeals
The student who filed the appeal may not make any further appeal from this decision. An exception to this rule can be made when a student has been tried in a civil or criminal court for the incident which resulted in a campus hearing and has been found not guilty in criminal court or has a decision in his/her favor in civil court. In this situation, a student may petition for an appeal before an Appeals Board, regardless of earlier appeals or length of time since the hearing committee's decision.
Detailed records will be maintained by the judicial advisor about any actions undertaken under the policy. Accordingly, records will be maintained by the judicial officer of formal complaints, hearings, mediations, resolutions, findings, sanctions, and appeals. Two sets of records of these data will be maintained, an expunged version for public review and a confidential version for permanent records. Confidentiality of the records will be maintained to the extent required by law, including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Records will be maintained in such as way that data on violations of this policy are easily available to the public. The judicial advisor will annually compile and release detailed statistics and examples of the administration and enforcement of the policy. However, some data may not be releasable if the identity of individuals involved would be revealed.
Hearing panels should fashion sanctions commensurate with the offending conduct. Because education may be the most effective and appropriate means of addressing behavior that violates these standards in a University community, the University encourages hearing panels to design sanctions which include an educational element. One purpose of the sanctions is to help students understand their behavior in the context of this academic community. It is inappropriate for the University to try to change student's convictions; however, it remains appropriate for the University to ask a student to change behavior. Sanctions should be designed to deter the student from behaviors which harm, intimidate, harass, or threaten others. Regrettably, some conduct is so harmful to members of the University community or deleterious to the educational process that it requires more punitive sanctions. Hearing panels should impose such sanctions where appropriate.
Certain factors should be considered in fashioning the sanctions. These include the intent of the accused, the effect of the conduct on the victim and the University community, whether the student has violated the standards in the past, and whether sanctions such as education and community service are likely to change the student's conduct. The most severe sanctions, suspension from the University and expulsion, should be imposed only in very serious cases, including the willful failure to comply with a lesser sanction. The range of potential sanctions is as follows:
A. For any offense
1.Formal Reprimand: The individual receives a formal reprimand for violating the standards of behavior and a warning that future violations will be dealt with more harshly.
2. Community Service: The individual performs an appropriate amount of public service that is both beneficial to the community and likely to assist the individual in understanding the harm caused by his or her conduct.
3. Class Attendance: The individual enrolls in and completes a class that helps the person understand why the standards prohibit the conduct involved.
4. Restitution: The individual makes restitution to the victim for actual loss.
5. University Housing Transfer or Removal: The individual is transferred to a another room or housing unit, or is removed from University housing entirely. Additional policies identifying responsibilities of students living in University Housing are available in the document Guidelines for Community Living. The disciplinary process and sanctions described in that document may be applied as appropriate.
6. Suspension from Specific Courses or Activities: The individual is removed from a course or activity; or the individual is moved to a different section of a course.
7. Combined Sanctions: A combination of the sanctions described above may be imposed.
B. For offenses which are violent, dangerous, repeated, or a willful failure to comply with a lessor sanction
8. Suspension: The individual is suspended from the University for a defined period of time. When a student is suspended during a term, his or her tuition is forfeited. The Vice-President for Student Affairs shall consult with the dean, chair, or director in the unit in which the student is enrolled before suspension is imposed.
9. Expulsion: The individual is expelled from the University. When a student is expelled during a term, his or her tuition is forfeited. The Vice-President for Student Affairs shall consult with the dean, chair, or director in the unit in which the student is enrolled before expulsion is imposed.
The sanctions imposed under these standards do not diminish or replace the penalties available under generally applicable civil or criminal laws. Students ar reminded that many violations of the standards, including harassment and other discriminatory behavior, may violate various state and federal laws.
Amendments to the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities can be proposed by the Michigan Student Assembly, SACUA, any Executive Officer of the University, by a petition sponsored by a student and signed by 500 currently enrolled students, or the faculty/student Panel. The judicial advisor shall bring all proposed amendments to the Panel for consideration.
B. Consideration by the Panel
All proposed amendments shall be considered and voted on by the Panel during the academic year. The Panel shall hold at least one public hearing on the proposed amendments. After the public hearing the Panel shall convene a meeting to determine by majority vote whether to approve a proposed amendment. The Panel may modify a proposed amendment at this time. During the public hearings and this meeting, at least 26 student panel members must be present. If less than 26 student members are present, no action may be taken. If the Panel votes to approve a proposed amendment it will be forwarded to the Board of Regents through the Vice President for Student Affairs.
C. Approval, Limitation and Exceptions
This is the only procedure by which faculty, staff, or students can make amendments to the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities not required by law. If an amendment is required by law, it can be unilaterally enacted by the Board of Regents. The Regents of the University of Michigan may reject any amendment approved by this procedure. The Regents may propose and enact amendments without following this procedure.
EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE STUDENT COMMUNITY ON THEIR RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND THESE STANDARDS
A. Education and Prevention
The prevention of behavior that violates these standards and the establishment of effective procedures with due concern for all parties require a thoughtful educational program.
1. The University will provide resources and time for the prevention of, and education about conduct that violates these standards. The University will provide information to deans, student affairs staff, chairs, and directors in each unit concerning:
(a) student rights and responsibilities under this policy;
(b) how complaints are filed;
(c) summaries of cases; and
(d) sources of support and information for victims and respondents.
2. Deans and heads of major administrative units are strongly encouraged to discuss these standards at meetings of faculty, staff, and teaching assistants. In addition, the deans and heads of major administrative units are urged to examine practices and behavior within their own units that may be inequitable or unjust to students.
3. Training programs for residential advisors, those who meet students in crisis situations, and others serving in an advising capacity to students, will include training about referrals, resources, and methods for handling conduct covered by this policy.
4. The Office of Student Affairs will develop an overall educational program for students dealing with issues covered in this statement and will provide information, definition, support, identification of resources, and exploration of behavioral alternatives. Educational programs will be directed toward, but not restricted to, new undergraduate and graduate/professional students.
5. The University will publish annually this statement and the procedures, including the resources available to advise, counsel, and assist in the mediation or reporting of violations of these standards. The information will explain how to utilize University-wide and school-specific resources.
B. Exit Interviews
The University will survey annually a sample of departing students to measure the existence and frequency of incidents that violate these standards, with a focus on violent or intimidating conduct, as well as survey all participants in the judicial system.