Faculty Handbook and Policies
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.
During the academic year, 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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
In regards to P&T, the Care and Equity Task Force compiled a list of resources for faculty, including materials for course preparation, course evaluations, service reduction, PDF spending, COVID impact statements, etc. View materials and resources.
The Academic Code of Conduct policy can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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, should such informal methods not succeed, please consult the formal procedure described in the Faculty Grievance Procedure amended by Faculty Senate and Faculty Congress in March and April, 2017.
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 Ombuds.
Instructional staff who want to utilize the grievance process must complete the Faculty Grievance Form and email it to the Director of Human Resources (Rima Berry-Hung) and the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate (Rashmi Luthra).
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:
- The quality of the sabbatical leave proposal
- Outcome(s) of previous sabbatical leave
- Recommendation for sabbatical leave by evaluation committee
- 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.
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