Take home message: U-M has numerous housing and child care facilities, which are subject to compliance obligations in terms of their infrastructure, safety, management, and environment. If you live in U-M housing or use the child care facilities, you need to understand the rules and regulations that apply to those facilities, as your non-compliance with those rules has the potential to affect a large community of people.
U-M Policy and helpful links
- University Housing (part of the Division of Student Affairs) are responsible for the management of U-M’s housing facilities. Those living in U-M housing should review the housing contract, the housing policies, and the health and safety rules, all of which facilitate compliance with various regulatory obligations. UM-Flint Housing residents should review similar documents on the UM-Flint Housing site, including the UM-Flint Housing Guide to Community Living.
- Compliance intersects with University Housing in three main ways: rules and regulations impact on infrastructure and safety, the management of the properties (in terms of access, resident behavior, waste management and food safety in the dining halls) and the environment of the properties (in terms of a safe, secure, inclusive environment).
- U-M’s housing infrastructure – the dorms, apartments and other premises provided as places of residence by U-M – must comply with building related laws, fire safety laws, and occupational safety and environmental health requirements.
- Safety is paramount in U-M housing facilities – for specific information, see the housing health and safety page, which includes housing fire safety procedures.
- Security in U-M housing is provided by Housing Security, a team of professional security staff dedicated solely to securing the housing facilities 24 hours a day, in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, U-M’s campus police. See the housing security and safety information page for more information.
- Resident screening – applicants to U-M housing are asked to disclose certain prior convictions and issues as part of the application process. These are considered in determining whether or not the applicant is suited to be a part of the U-M residential community, and/or whether any support or counselling services ought to be offered to the applicant as a condition of residence to ensure their own and other residents’ safety and well being.
- All repairs to the housing infrastructure are conducted by Housing Facilities, in partnership with Facilities and Operations as required. Any building or construction projects within housing are handled the same way as other building projects.
- Access to U-M housing is controlled through key cards and lock sets. If you live in U-M housing, familiarize yourself with these crime prevention and personal safety hints.
- Waste management in housing – Plant Operations maintains helpful move-in and move-out guidelines, that give advice about how to handle waste and keep your moving process earth friendly. They also maintain a guide to residence hall recycling.
- Food safety in the U-M Housing dining halls is overseen by Food Services Management, within the Environment, Health and Safety Department. Under an agreement with the Washtenaw County Department of Health, OSEH has the authority to license and inspect all food service establishments on campus to be sure they meet applicable local, state and federal regulations.
- The living and social environment within the U-M residence halls must be consistent with compliance obligations around equity, diversity and non-discrimination. Housing residents are bound by the Living at Michigan Credo, contained within the Housing contract which expresses the key behavioral expectations for residents – as well as all other U-M policies relating to student conduct and respectful and inclusive behavior (including U-M’s no-hazing policy) which apply equally within the housing facilities.
- Greek Life housing is privately operated by fraternities and sororities, with the support of U-M’s Office of Greek Life(part of the Division of Student Affairs). Greek communities within U-M are self-governed through four Greek Councils, and bound by a range of Greek Life Policies that help facilitate a socially responsible, respectful and inclusive community that is in compliance with the law – including laws relating to hazing.
- Off-campus housing, which is not owned or operated by U-M, is extensive and varied. Although compliance with laws on those premises is not the responsibility of U-M, the University’s Off-Campus Housing program assists members of the University community in understanding the local housing market, and can provide some guidance around compliance issues that you confront in your off-campus housing. Student Legal Services can also assist you with housing compliance and landlord/tenant issues. See also the UM-Flint Off-Campus Housing and UM-Dearborn Housing Referral Service.
- There are several child care facilities operated by U-M, including four in Ann Arbor, one in Flint and one in Dearborn. U-M also provides sick child services through Kids Kare at Home. Many of the same compliance issues described above for U-M Housing apply to staff running child care facilities – and compliance with them is supported by OSEH, Public Safety, Facilities and Operations and Human Resources.
Things to remember
- University Housing offers a wide variety of resources on their website, to help you acquaint you with the residence halls or apartment communities.
- If you live in U-M housing or use the child care facilities, you need to understand the rules and regulations that apply to those facilities, as your non-compliance with those rules has the potential to affect a large community of people – as well as U-M’s legal compliance and reputation as an institution.
- Housing is not just for students: faculty and staff can also access University Housing options.
- The Work/Life Resource Center offers a wide variety of services to help you integrate your personal life and your work life, including information about child care, elder care, and flexible work arrangements. For additional information call (734) 936-8677.
People to talk to
For housing queries related to the Ann Arbor campuses, contact the Housing Office, by calling (734) 763-3164, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For housing queries related to UM-Flint housing, contact the UM-Flint Office of Housing and Residential Life, by calling (810) 237-6571.
For child care related queries, contact the Work/Life Resource Center (part of University HR), by calling (734) 936-8677 or emailing email@example.com, or check out their childcare pages online. If you are trying to contact one of U-M’s child care centers, you can find their contact information on the child care contacts website.
If you are a U-M employee involved in the administration of U-M housing and require legal advice, contact the Office of the General Counsel.
Established 3/4/11, last updated 3/7/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated