UM-Dearborn Faculty Handbook Supplement

The University of Michigan-Dearborn accepted its first students in the Fall of 1959. Over the intervening years the campus has developed a set of policies and practices governing faculty activity that reflect the uniqueness of the Dearborn campus. This handbook attempts to bring many of these policies and practices together in a single document, thereby proving a useful reference for all faculty, both new and continuing. The handbook serves as a supplement to the University of Michigan Faculty handbook.

The handbook is also complemented by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Student handbook, which should be consulted for policies and procedures that relate to student academic and non-academic matters.

Ultimately the Bylaws of the Regents of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide take precedence in all matters related to faculty. This handbook is maintained by the Office of the Provost and will be updated as necessary.

Instructional Faculty Guidelines for Student or Faculty (Personal) COVID Cases

During 2020 you may yourself experience, or encounter a student with any of the following:

  • Feeling ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Testing positive for COVID-19 
  • Having close contact or living with someone recently diagnosed with COVID-19

If so, please follow these guidelines on how to proceed. 

COVID-19 In Person Safety Requirements Statement

UM-Dearborn aims to deliver its mission while seeking to protect the health and safety of our students and minimizing the spread of disease within the community. As students return for the 2020-21 academic year, all students are required to comply with all UM-Dearborn policies, including any public health guidance related to COVID-19. The very nature of an in-person educational experience in UM-Dearborn means our faculty, staff and students, particularly those participating in field work, internships, co-ops, and other related activities, will be exposed to contagious viruses, including the coronavirus. UM-Dearborn is committed to public health and similarly expects that all students will act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members.

Students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard at UM-Dearborn, in connection with any UM-Dearborn programs or activities, including any field work, internships, co-ops, and other related activities. Students are required to comply with public health guidance, including any protocols, guidelines or policies adopted by the University or the UM-Dearborn that relate to COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis unfolds and may include the following: health screening protocols, participation in contact tracing, use of face coverings, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, disinfection protocols, limitations on gatherings, and social distancing. Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all UM-Dearborn students and extends to all aspects of the facilities, clinical labs, classrooms, bathrooms and other spaces within the UM-Dearborn, on UM-Dearborn property, in field work, internships, co-ops, and other related activities, or at UM-Dearborn sponsored events/programs.

Faculty and Campus Safety Compliance

A paramount concern of the University of Michigan-Dearborn throughout the entire pandemic has been maintaining the health and safety of our campus community. Shared expectations of the steps we all need to ensure this have been shared multiple times. To reiterate:

The University of Michigan-Dearborn requires all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose anywhere on campus grounds. This includes when inside buildings, outdoors and on any UM-Dearborn sanctioned transportation (i.e., shuttle services). It is difficult to maintain distance from groups even while outdoors on a busy university campus, and so face coverings outdoors will help slow the spread of the virus. 

The Office of the Provost firmly believes that all faculty teaching on campus in the fall semester will entirely understand and willingly follow the university’s policies and guidelines for promoting the health and safety of the campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless it remains essential that the university continues to communicate to faculty the importance of adhering to all health and safety measures, in particular the requirement of wearing face coverings.  

In order to be prepared for all possible contingencies, the Office of the Provost has developed the Faculty Face Coverings Non-Compliance Policy policy addressing faculty who fail to adhere to the university’s face coverings policy.

Classroom Face Coverings Management Policy

Research shows that transmission of COVID-19 is greatly reduced and lives are saved when all individuals wear face coverings. In accordance with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-153 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Face Covering Policy for COVID-19 requires everyone to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth everywhere on campus grounds, including in classroom spaces. 

If a student fails to comply with that policy, then instructors should take the following steps in order to resolve the situation: 

  1. If a student is not wearing a personal face covering in the classroom, the instructor should remind the student --- in private, if possible --- that it is the university’s policy for all individuals on campus to wear a face covering.
  2. If the student fails to comply, then the instructor should ask that the student leave the classroom and only return to class when they are willing and able to attend with the proper personal face coverings. Students may contact Disability Services to determine if an accommodation is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  3. If the student continues to refuse to comply, then the instructor must end instruction and dismiss the class. As in any situation in which behavior escalates to the level at which there is a concern for safety, faculty may contact the Department of Police & Public Safety (313-593-5333). 
  4. After having dismissed the class, the instructor should file a CARE report with the Dean of Students’ Office. The student who refused to wear a face covering shall not be allowed to return to class until the case is addressed through the Disruptive Student Behavior policy.1


 See “Step Two: Withdrawal Process” of the Disruptive Student Behavior policy,

Tenure-Stream and LEO Qualifications Policy

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has adopted minimum standards of academic qualifications for tenure-stream and LEO faculty which are stipulated in the Tenure-Stream and LEO Qualifications Policy, approved by the Faculty Senate in December 2016.

The policy stipulates that the primary method for determining the qualifications of faculty is by credentials, meaning all faculty shall have an academic degree relevant to what they are teaching and at least one level above the level at which they teach, except in programs for terminal degrees. There are exception provisions for undergraduate, graduate, and general education instruction.

All faculty-hiring managers must complete the electronic Instructor Qualification Form before making an offer of appointment.

Please complete the form below based on your appropriate college:  


Promotion & Tenure Procedures

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Promotion and Tenure Procedures sets forth core principles and procedures for the promotion and tenure process. These procedures are designed to support high academic standards in awarding promotion and/or tenure, and to ensure a comprehensive, rigorous, and fair review of the candidates. Achieving and maintaining the high academic standards the University of Michigan-Dearborn is known for is built upon the leadership of the Provost, deans, and department chairs working with tenured faculty to successfully implement and adhere to these procedures.

Amended by the Council of Deans on November 16, 2017.

Academic Code of Conduct & Statement on Academic Integrity

The Academic Code of Conduct policy can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Faculty should complete the Online Reporting Form for reporting an Academic Code of Conduct violation. Please see the Reporting Academic Integrity Violations webpage for more information.

Academic Integrity Module

There is an importable module in Canvas Commons to teach UM-Dearborn students about our campus Academic Integrity standards so that they are informed about how to avoid academic misconduct and plagiarism. If you would like to use the module in your course(s),  please search for  "UM-Dearborn Academic Integrity" in Canvas Commons  and follow these steps to import it to your course.  If you have any questions, please contact Belen Garcia (

Faculty may also use the Academic Integrity Module housed on the university's webpage. Faculty can access the Academic Integrity Module quiz results.

Statement on Academic Integrity

The University of Michigan -Dearborn values academic honesty and integrity. Each student has a responsibility to understand, accept, and comply with the University's standards of academic conduct as set forth by the Code of Academic Conduct, as well as policies established by the schools and colleges. Cheating, collusion, misconduct, fabrication, and plagiarism are considered serious offenses. Violations will not be tolerated and may result in penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.  

Faculty Senate, August 2000

Faculty Ombuds

Please visit the Faculty Senate's webpage for information about the Faculty Ombuds position along with the current officeholder. 

Faculty Grievance Procedure

Grievance is available to all faculty members of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, including full-time, part-time, regular, or adjunct instructional staff at all ranks who have problems or complaints about decisions involving any aspect of their employment. While it is hoped that most grievances would be resolved quickly through informal discussions with the grievant's department chair, the formal procedure described in the Faculty Grievance Procedure amended by Faculty Congress and Faculty Senate in April 2015 available should such informal methods not succeed.

It is highly recommended that any faculty member contemplating filing a formal grievance first attempt to resolve the difficulty or complaint through consultation with the UM-Dearborn Faculty Ombudsman.

Instructional staff who want to utilize the grievance process must complete the Faculty Grievance Form and email it to the Director of Human Resources Keisha Blevins and the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate Marilee Benore.

Sabbatical Leave Policy and Procedures

The University of Michigan-Dearborn "Sabbatical Leave Policy and Procedures" augment the Sabbatical Leave guidelines found in the U-M Standard Practice Guide (SPG) 201.30-2.

In addition to the eligibility requirements stipulated in SPG 201.30-2, sec. II.A, the Dearborn campus requires that all faculty sabbatical leave applications address the following areas:

  1. The quality of the sabbatical leave proposal
  2. Outcome(s) of previous sabbatical leave
  3. Recommendation for sabbatical leave by evaluation committee
  4. Teaching and administrative considerations

The "Sabbatical Leave Policy and Procedures" document provides details and clarifications for the four additional areas.

The policy went into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

Syllabus Template

All UM-Dearborn should utilize the UM-Dearborn Syllabus Template when writing their syllabi.

Statement in Inclusive Learning Environment

The Faculty Senate at the University of Michigan-Dearborn expresses its firm commitment to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment that is welcoming of all students. Universities are also places for free and open dialogue based on facts and evidence-based inquiry, as well as a diversity of viewpoints, and we are committed to free speech and artistic expression. With this in mind, we, as a Faculty Senate, express our strongest condemnation for all racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, ableist, anti-Semitic, and other hateful speech and acts wherever they occur, and we stand in support of those individuals and groups who feel vulnerable to such hatred. 

Approved by the Faculty Senate on December 11, 2017

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