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Faculty Handbook for the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Campus

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs produces this handbook of brief descriptions of existing policies, procedures, resources, and other information that affects faculty. It is a reference guide, not a primary source of official University policy. Official policies are found in the Bylaws of the Board of Regents, the Standard Practice Guide (SPG), the bylaws of the schools and colleges, and many other documents. The relationships among these policy sources are shown in the Standard Practice Guide Policy Hierarchy.

The Handbook is not intended to directly establish or imply contractual obligations to any faculty group or individual faculty member. University policies may be revised at any time. Unless otherwise stated, revised University policies, when approved, apply to University faculty and staff, regardless of their initial appointment dates.

Although the Faculty Handbook is written for Ann Arbor faculty, it includes information about University of Michigan-Dearborn and University of Michigan-Flint. Information directly relevant to these two campus is posted online in the UM-Dearborn Faculty Handbook Supplement and the UM-Flint Campus Bylaws for Shared Governance.

U-M Ann Arbor Faculty Handbook Chapter Titles

  1. Fundamental Tenets of Membership in the University Community
  2. Diversity and Nondiscrimination
  3. Administrative Structure
  4. Faculty Roles in Governance
  5. Appointments
  6. Tenure
  7. Scholarship and Research
  8. Teaching and Faculty Interactions with Students
  9. Faculty as Representatives of the University/Service
  10. Resolution of Disputes
  11. Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
  12. University Records, Privacy, and Access to Information
  13. Faculty Awards
  14. Compensation and Budgetary Procedures
  15. Benefits and Services
  16. Leaves, Absences, Holidays, Vacations, and University Closures
  17. University Travel and Reimbursement
  18. Campus Health and Safety
  19. Retirement, Emeritus/Emerita Status
  20. Technology and Communications
  21. Additional Resources

Every effort was made to ensure that information contained in the Faculty Handbook is accurate. However, the University of Michigan is a dynamic institution, constantly growing and changing. Some information will become out of date. Please contact the Provost’s Office with questions (734) 764-9290.