Fundamental Tenets of Membership in the University CommunityThe University of Michigan is a community devoted to learning. Members of our community advance, preserve, and transmit knowledge through study, teaching, artistic expression, research, and scholarship. As a public university, we have a special obligation to serve the public interest.
All who join the University community gain important rights and privileges and accept equally important responsibilities. We believe in free expression, free inquiry, intellectual honesty, and respect for the rights and dignity of others. We respect the autonomy of each person’s conscience in matters of conviction, religious faith, and political belief. We affirm the importance of maintaining high standards of academic and professional integrity. In defining the rights we enjoy and the responsibilities we bear, we must keep these basic principles in mind.
All members of the University have civil rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Because the search for knowledge is our most fundamental purpose, the University has an especially strong commitment to preserve and protect freedom of thought and expression. Reasoned dissent plays a vital role in the search for truth; and academic freedom, including, the right to express unpopular views, is a cherished tradition of universities everywhere. All members of the University have the right to express their own views and hear the views of others expressed, but they must also take responsibility for according the same rights to others. We seek a University whose members may express themselves vigorously while protecting and respecting the rights of others to learn, to do research, and to carry out the essential functions of the University free from interference or obstruction.
University of Michigan and Law School Policies and RegulationsThe University of Michigan is a large and decentralized institution. Policies and regulations are developed both centrally and within the Law School. Those which have proven to be of the greatest importance or interest to law students are included as part of this handbook. You will immediately recognize the importance of the Law School Academic Regulations which contain the degree requirements. They also contain important provisions about class attendance, deadlines, and the like, which you are expected to know. It is also wise to become familiar with the other materials set forth on the following pages. The Assistant Dean for Student Life and the Registrar are happy to provide interpretations.
Links to PoliciesThe Law School has designated the printed version of the Academic Regulations available below to be the authoritative source for degree program requirements. Past versions of the printed Academic Regulations are available at the Bentley Historical Library.
JD Academic Regulations (updated 1/2019)
LLM Academic Regulations
SJD Academic Regulations
MACL - Master of Advanced Corporation Law
Academic Standards Committee Hearing Procedure Guidelines
Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Alcohol Policy for Student Events
Law School Career Services Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Law School Class Attendance Policy
Law School Class Recording Policy and Procedure
Sexual Misconduct: Policy and Support
Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
Student Complaints Relating to the ABA Program of Legal Education Standards, Policy on
Student Grievances About Law School Faculty or Staff Conduct
Supplementary Policies on Student Records
Transfer of Credit Policy
The University of Michigan has general university policies that may apply to law students as well, such as student rights and student records, a sexual harrassment policy, and more. Please see this page for general university policies for students.
The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734.763.0235, TTY 734.647.1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734.764.1817.
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