People, Environment & Society

Protecting and preserving U-M’s people, our campus and work environment, and the broader community and environment in which we function are of utmost importance; and are informed in part by a range of legislative and regulatory obligations, as well as constitutional rights and responsibilities. These include laws related to environmental, health and safety (EHS), employment, equity and diversity, public safety and public health.

Responsibilities for compliance with safety, environmental & human interaction laws

[See also Dearborn & Flint campus responsibilities]

  • All members of the U-M community (including faculty, staff, students, and others such as visitors, volunteers and contractors) are responsible for treating each other lawfully and with respect, for creating and maintaining a safe and secure University environment, and for complying with all laws relevant to their human and environmental interactions.
  • All managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that the operational areas and personnel under their control are complying with laws and policies, including those related to employment, human resources, safety, health, environment and public safety.
  • The Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is responsible for oversight of the finances, property and business of the University, which includes responsibility for ensuring compliance by U-M with laws relating to employment, human resources, safety, health, environment and public safety. [Regents Bylaw 2.05]
  • The Executive Vice-President for Medical Affairs is responsible for compliance by U-M with laws and regulations related to public health issues (such as pandemics or notifiable diseases).
  • The Department of Environmental, Health & Safety operationally supports compliance by U-M with laws related to health, safety, hazardous activities, and environmental protection and permitting.
  • The Department of Public Safety helps maintain a safe and secure environment at U-M, through monitoring and enforcing criminal behavior against people and property, and ensuring compliance by U-M with its crime reporting obligations.
  • University Human Resources operationally supports compliance by U-M with laws related to equity, diversity and employment issues, through a range of dedicated HR service areas, including the Office of Institutional Equity.
  • WorkConnections ensures U-M’s compliance with reporting laws related to workplace health and safety incidents, and is responsible for ensuring that employees meet U-M’s requirements to obtain certain benefits.

Established 3/4/11, last updated 11/14/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated.