As a center for knowledge, discovery, education and health care, the proper management of information is fundamental to U-M’s success. We have a range of legal obligations that require us to protect certain information, provide certain information, and respect the rights of other people’s information. In some circumstances, we also have obligations to preserve or destroy certain information.
Responsibilities for compliance: information management laws
- Every staff and faculty member is responsible for managing their information, data and records in compliance with laws, regulations and other legal requirements (such as contracts).
- The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs are jointly responsible for the University’s compliance with laws relating to information management – each in their respective areas of executive management.
- The Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer is responsible for the University’s IT infrastructure and security and IT policy – systems and policies which operationally facilitate and support the University’s compliance with information laws.
- The Vice President for Research is responsible for compliance by the University with laws related to the stewardship of research information and data.
- The Vice President for Communications is responsible for compliance by the University with freedom of information laws. (Regents bylaw 2.13)
- The Vice President for Development is responsible for the compliant management of donor and alumni records (Regents’ bylaw 2.09).
- The University Libraries operationally support the University’s compliance with and understanding of information laws, including copyright.
- The User Advocate (part of Information and Technology Services) plays a role in enforcing compliance with Information Assurance, which incorporate many of the University’s legal compliance obligations, as well as helping users navigate U-M’s IT systems and policies.
First published 3/4/11, last updated 7/19/18 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated