"The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (the University) is dedicated to supporting and maintaining a scholarly community. As its central purpose, this community promotes intellectual inquiry through vigorous discourse. Values which undergird this purpose include civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety. When students choose to accept admission to the University, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the University's academic and social community."
The above language introduces you to the "Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities" (commonly known as The Statement). This community-owned document sets forth the University's values and expectations for resolving conflicts and is intended to maintain a campus climate that supports learning for all students. Similar to policies articulating standards for academic behavior within the University's colleges and schools, the Statement sets forth the expectations for non-academic behavior for all students and provides procedures for addressing behavior or conflict that harms our community.
The Statement is a dynamic document subject to regular revisions on a timeline set by the Student Relations Advisory Committee (the SRAC is a committee of the Senate Assembly). The most recent amendment cycle was completed during the 2012/2013 academic year. All proposed amendments were reviewed by the SRAC and then recommendations were forwarded to the President for final decision.
During the 2012/2013 amendment cycle, the following changes were made to the Statement:
- The Statement was amended to reflect the current title for Central Student Government and Information Technology Services;
- The Statement was amended to reflect the Student Relations Advisory Committee’s proper affiliation with the Senate Assembly;
- Bullying was incorporated as a violation of the Statement;
- U-M’s Respect for Medical Amnesty was included; and
- The Statement was reconciled with the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.
The amended Statement became effective on July 1, 2013 and can be viewed in its entirety online at http://oscr.umich.edu/statement.