Policies and Procedures

Find many important university policies and procedures for the UM-Dearborn campus.

Additional policies can be found in the UM-Dearborn catalog, including undergraduate academic policies and graduate academic policies.

For additional institution-wide policies and procedures, visit the U-M Standard Practice Guide (SPG).

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About University Policies

Policies define and set a standard for organizational and individual conduct.  They also set expectations and requirements for administrative operations, by providing a baseline for departments to follow when conducting the business of the university. Policies ensure a consistent understanding and approach to practices across the university.

Important Term Definitions

In this section of the site, you will find policies, procedures, and guidelines. These terms are defined as follows:

Policy: Is a formal, big-picture, high level statement from management of required actions, principles or directives, and may also include standards, goals, or rules which describe expected actions and behaviors.  

Procedure: Describes the specific, and repeatable, steps in a business process - describing how work is accomplished or how decisions will be made - to reach an intended goal or outcome.  Procedures are mechanisms which reinforce policy and provide institutional reference in times of crises. 

Guideline: Recommended practices designed to achieve a policy's objective and a framework for implementing procedures.  They are advisory and open to interpretation, implementation, and often serve describe best practices within an organization. 

Note: Failure to comply with policies, procedures and guidelines may lead to disciplinary actions and/or termination.

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