Why compliance matters to me

As a U-M student, your actions have the potential to impact a wide circle of people – from the people who teach you, to the people you live with in the residence halls, to the people who drive you around in the blue buses. The U-M community can only function smoothly and successfully if everyone takes responsibility for their own actions, and treats each other with respect.

This includes making sure our actions comply with the law, and with University policies. That is all “compliance” means: learning what the rules are, and being willing to follow them.

What I need to know about compliance

  • I have rights and responsibilities as a student.
  • I need to foster a respectful and inclusive campus environment (Expect respect).
  • I need to help foster a safe and secure campus environment.
  • If I receive financial aid, I need to make sure I declare any new scholarships or income.
  • I need to understand and follow copyright laws.
  • If I live in U-M housing, I need to comply with my contract, as well as all housing policies.
  • Hazing is not only socially irresponsible, it’s illegal.
  • I have certain rights relating to my U-M student records and a right to privacy of my personal information.
  • I must not compromise the University’s IT security, and I must use University IT systems in accordance with University IT policies.
  • If I take any laboratory classes, I must pay special attention to safety procedures in the lab and follow all directions of my instructors and lab staff.
  • If I am an international student, I must make sure I maintain lawful immigration status
  • If I am travelling or studying abroad, I must make sure I understand the local laws that will apply to me overseas, as well as any U.S. laws that may still apply to me while travelling.
  • Medical & Nursing students (and any other students with any role in the U-M Health System) must comply with the UMHS Code of Conduct.
  • Student athletes need to comply with athletic rules including NCAA; and if I live or study with a student athlete, I need to understand the rules that apply to their interactions with me.
  • If I am involved in research of any kind, I need to learn about research compliance rules.
  • If I am doing a clinical or experiential placement as part of my study, I need to make sure I find out what new obligations that involves (including confidentiality, health & safety and insurance requirements) before I sign any waivers or placement agreements.
  • I should report any potentially criminal conduct to the Department of Public Safety.
  • If I am also a U-M employee (work study or otherwise), I have additional responsibilities, and I also have the same rights as other employees to be paid fairly and on time.
  • I should speak up about compliance problems – report any concerns by talking to a faculty or staff member you trust, or contacting one of the specialists under our Report a Concern page.

If you find yourself in a situation where someone around you might be breaking the law or a policy, or acting in a way that you think is inappropriate or dangerous, speak up about it. Remember, the U-M community can only function at its best if everyone takes responsibility for their own actions – and that means we need to hold those around us to the highest standards.

What if I’m also a student employee?

As a student employee, you have responsibilities as a student AND as an employee.

It’s important to distinguish between when you are wearing your “student hat” or your “employee hat”. For instance, it would be inappropriate to share or use information you learned about a fellow student in your capacity as a GSI, when in another class with that same person as a student yourself.

Your responsibilities as an employee are the same as any other employee, including:

Your rights as a student employee are also the same as any other University employee. For instance, you have the right to be paid fairly, on time, etc. If you feel that a department is not treating you fairly, contact the Office of the Ombuds in Ann Arbor (or the U-M Dearborn Ombuds Services or the U-M Flint Office of the Ombuds), who are there to help answer any questions students have about problems they are having with the University.

This Compliance Resource Center is designed to guide you through the various compliance topics relevant to your work. Ask your supervisor what compliance issues you need to be aware of for your specific job.

Established 3/4/11, last updated 3/7/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated